Kevin Conner passed away recently, having lived 92 full years. He lived life to the full and impacted thousands of people through his teachings, writings, and personal encouragement. His legacy will not be forgotten but will continue to grow.
So what now?
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read Kevin’s auto-biography, This is My Story, which contains a detailed narrative of his life and ministry.
A second edition will be released shortly, with updates about the last few years of his life.
Kevin’s many books will continue to help followers of Jesus, Christian leaders, and students of the Bible for years to come. Visit WORD or Amazon for a full list of his writings.
A number of unpublished works will be released over the coming year.
A new podcast called “Kevin Conner Teaches” has recently been launched. Already there are 19 messages available, with many dozens more to come over the coming months.
There are also plans to re-launch his Key of Knowledge seminar online in the near future.
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In November 2017, Kevin Conner went from another visit to the Knox Private hospital to the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre in Glen Waverley. After a few weeks there, he thought he would then go back home, but it was not to be. He needed permanent care so was moved to the Villa Maria Aged Care facility in Wantirna South on 5th December 2017.
This was hard for his wife, Rene, for the family, and for Kevin himself. He had grown up in homes and now he was in another home, cared for by others.
Kevin’s son, Mark Conner, took thisphoto of his dad in one of his first days at Villa Maria … then went home and wrote this poem.
Nothing to do. Just waiting. In a chair.
Can’t read. Can hardly speak. Only stare. Just be there.
Wanting to stay. Better to go? It can be confusing. Near the end.
No more achievements. No more hills to climb. No crowds now. Only family and friends.
Out of the limelight. Into the shadows. An unknown face. In an aged care home.
Life almost over. What did it all mean? Did his best. For God and church.
Notes cast on the waters. Spread far and wide. Bread for the hungry. Seed for the wise.
Followed the call. Faithful to Him. Stayed the course. Finished the race.
Love is all we have. Near the end. Love is all we need. At the end.
It is hard to summarise 92 years of a life well lived in a few minutes but here is the Eulogy of Kevin’s life, as read out by his daughter-in-law, Nicole Conner, at the service. See also, Mark’s poem which he wrote about his dad, Nearing the End as well as “What’s next for Kevin’s ministry?“
The Early Years
Kevin John Conner made an entrance into this world at the Women’s Hospital in Carlton, Melbourne on the 6th of February 1927. We can only imagine how overwhelmed his 20-year-old, single mother, Joyce Miller, would have been. While the birth certificate listed the child’s name as ‘Kevin John’, his mother wrote her name as ‘Ruth Connor’, which was not her real name. These appear to be the actions of someone who was desperately trying to work out how to raise a child in the harsh depression years. She only managed a few months before he became a ward of the state. Kevin grew up as an orphan in multiple foster and children’s homes, including the Salvation Army Boys Home in Box Hill where he lived from ages of 8 to 14. He never met his mother or his father.
Later in life, he did discover he had a stepsister, Noeline, living in Tasmania, whom he contacted. Both Noeline and her husband Terry, were very warm towards him. From them he also found out that his mother would often wonder how he was doing. Sadly, she had passed away at this stage.
Kevin described himself as a somewhat dreamy, shy, and withdrawn boy. The environment and circumstances of these formative years left him feeling insecure and lonely, with many questions about his worth and identity.
My dad, Kevin John Conner, passed away peacefully today at 2.00 pm in Melbourne, Australia. Having just turned 92 years of age, dad has spent the last year or so in an aged care home where he has had excellent care and regular visits from family and friends.
Dad was a wonderful dad to my sister, Sharon, and I, and to so many others too. He has influenced untold thousands of lives through his life, his books, and his teaching. No doubt, he is hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord” as he graduates to heaven today.
A public thanksgiving service for Kevin’s life will be held at CityLife Church (1248 High Street Road. Wantirna South. Victoria. Australia 3152) on Wednesday, 27th February at 5.00 pm Melbourne daylight saving time. All are welcome.
UPDATE: This thanksgiving service will also be live-streamed over the internet. Please note: this internet link will not be live until 4.45 pm local Melbourne time (which is 9.45 pm Pacific Coast time in the USA on Tuesday 26th February). A video of the service will be available shortly afterwards for those unable to watch online.
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