Marcia O’Connor was enjoying life with her husband, Pat O’Connor, when he unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 27, 2016. The community joined Marcia in mourning her husband, grieving the loss of a small business icon, a beloved record store owner, and for many, a best friend.
“I’m like Vincent van Gogh’s wife— when van Gogh died, people wouldn’t expect his wife to paint,” said Marcia. “My husband loved Toledo and wanted to help the people of Toledo, but I’m not Pat. I don’t have that capability to be involved with everybody. I want to continue Pat’s spirit of helping people find their dreams and go on their journey.”
Carrying on his legacy
Marcia’s desire to carry on Pat’s vision, with longtime friend KC Saint John, unfurled the idea establishing a day of remembrance.
“KC approached me right after Pat died. I said ‘I’m interested, but I can’t do anything right now, I’m a mess.’ I got involved about a month later,” explained Marcia.
KC lobbied Toledo City Council, and soon the city decreed April 22 as Pat O’Connor Day— to be celebrated with Independent Record Store Day, the national recognition that Pat conceived.
“I’m just totally filled with joy for their recognition of my husband. He was a humble man, he never bragged about who he was or what he did,” said Marcia. “So many people have come up and told me what Pat has done for them, how they wouldn’t be in the career they’re in if it weren’t for Pat.”
Doing what he would have loved
Toledoans can celebrate Pat O’Connor Day by doing what he loved— hanging out, listening to music and supporting local creatives through the Pat O’Connor Music and Arts Festival, at various venues throughout the city. To be named as a host, the venues each paid into a memorial fund, to be controlled by Marcia O’Connor to help local artists and musicians achieve their dreams.
“I’d like it to be an event that everyone who loved my husband can participate in. My husband loved Toledo and wanted to help the people of Toledo,” said Marcia. “I am totally honored. My husband was a wonderful, wonderful man. He moved here from Kalamazoo after doing some research and deciding that Toledo really needed a good, independent record store. He opened that store (then Boogie Records) in 1973 when he was 18, with $3,000, sleeping in the store. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that the City would honor my husband.”
To donate to the Pat O’Connor Memorial Fund, visit facebook.com/POMAFToledo
Be part of participating in Pat’s memory. A commemorative t-shirt is available at thecultureclash.com, with limited quantities of the shirts at some venues. Donate money to the Pat O’Connor Memorial Fund on the website or at the participating venues.
The Attic on Adams
2pm-2:30am. 1701 Adams St.,
Live music: Banana Kaboom!
Bozo’s Bar & Grille
11:30am-2:30am. 1519 Eleanor Ave. 567-316-7493. facebook.com/bozosbarandgrille
Live music: Josh Boyd
Fleetwood’s Tap Room
Noon-midnight. 28 N. St. Clair St.
Live music: Ben Stalets
Manhattan’s Pub ‘N Cheer
11am-Midnight. 1516 Adams St.,
Live music: Tim Oehlers
NINE at Hensville
11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 9 N. St. Clair St.,
Live music: Dooley Wilson
11am-2:30am. 2243 Tremainsville Rd.
Live painting and music from Screams and Whispers
Wesley’s Bar & Grille
3pm-2am. 1201 Adams St.
Live music: Kentucky Chrome
Ye Olde Durty Bird
11am-1am. 2 S. St. Clair St.
Live painting and artist displays, plus music from Bacano at 8:30pm
Live music TBD at the following venues:
The Art Supply Depo
10am-5pm. 29 S. St. Clair St.,
11am-midnight. 3515 W. Alexis Rd.
28 S. St. Clair St. 419-724-7437.
4pm-2:30am. 1817 Adams St.
4020 Secor Rd. 419-472-1996.
Toledo School for the Arts
333 14th St., 419-246-8732. ts4arts.org
Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull
11am-2am. 9 N. Huron St. 419-244-2855.
Culture Clash Records
10am*-8pm. 4020 Secor Rd. 419-536-5683. thecultureclash.com
Specials: The store opens an hour early* (normal Saturday hours begin at 11am). 25 percent off all used records and audio equipment. Exclusive Independent Record Store Day content available.
3pm: Pat Lewandowski
5pm: Violent Bloom
7pm: Awesome Job
Allied Record Exchange
Laskey: 1734 W. Laskey Rd. 419-474-3472.
Reyonds: 1710 S. Reynolds Rd. 419-861-1605.
Oregon: 3253 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Specials: The stores opens an hour early* (normal Saturday hours begin at 11am). 25 percent off used vinyl and CDs. Buy One, Get One Free Deal on all $1 vinyl. Exclusive Independent Record Store Day content available.
Friendly Beaver Records
Noon-8pm. 136 Main St. 419-982-2387. Check them out on Facebook.
Specials: Exclusive Independent Record Store Day content available.
10am-8pm. 128 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-7677. findersrecords.com
Specials: $5 off on thousands of titles. Exclusive Independent Record Store Day content available.