George E. O'Connor, 79, a retired public relations supervisor with the C&P Telephone Co., died of congestive heart failure Feb. 10 in Washington Adventist Hospital. He lived in Hyattsville.

Mr. O'Connor was a native of Washington and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a graduate of Gonzaga College High School, where he played basketball, and of George Washington University.

He joined C&P Telephone as a management trainee in 1926, and was transfered to West Virginia two years later.

He was a business office manager, sales manager, and public relations supervisor in West Virginia before retiring in 1969 and returning to this area.

Mr. O'Connor was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville.

He also was a member of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

His first wife, the former Mary Kelly, died in 1931. His second wife, the former Ann Hart, died in 1968. His third wife, the former Virginia Dolan, died in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma C., of Hyattsville; two children by his first marriage, Donald E., of Rockville, and Mary Long of Hyattsville; two children by his second marriage, Patricia Lewis, of Owings, Md., and Karen Cash of Charleston, W. Va.; 15 stepchildren, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.