Obituary for Joseph Connelly
Connelly; Joseph Bernard - In Kingston at age 73, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Kingston General Hospital following a brief illness.
Joe leaves behind close friend and companion, Donna Prior and two sons; Brent married to Christine Fisher (Hackettstown, NJ) and Shawn married to Katy (nee Caddell) (Victoria, BC). He also leaves five grandchildren, Hillary, Jeffrey, Spencer, Matthew and Jessica and Brent and Shawn's mother Muriele Fortin, who were married for thirty-two years.
Born in Toronto, the son of Timothy Connelly and Rose Smith, Joe was raised in Chapleau, Ontario the eldest of 9 siblings; Emmett, Brian, Danny, Jimmy, Rosie, Pat, Maureen and Kevin.
Joe left home before completing high school to order to help support his family as a railway station operator for the CPR in Northern Ontario. After moving to Marathon and working at the local pulp mill, he relocated to Newmarket and then Bath while simultaneously earning college credentials as a Stationary Engineer. After several years at Strathcona Paper near Napanee, Joe found his way to Corrections Canada and held positions in several area penitentiaries including Millhaven, Kingston Penitentiary and the Kingston Regional Headquarters where he established and maintained several long-term friendships.
For many years Joe created small pieces of wood furniture in his home workshop and took joy in sharing them with his family and friends. He also enjoyed the pleasures of gardening and worked diligently on his various fruit trees and vegetable gardens spread around his yard in Collins Bay. He activity preserved the fruits of his labours by canning and freezing his tomatoes and other vegetables to consume over the winter months. He also chopped all of his own firewood to burn in his wood stove. As a very avid reader, Joe would begin most days by devouring several newspapers and then completing all the crossword puzzles which he was convinced kept his mind clear and focused. Joe was most proud of his family, particularly his two boys who went on to lead successful careers, one in global pharmaceuticals and the other as a Ship’s Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.
Although he battled an aggressive cancer that ultimately consumed him over several weeks, Joe described his retirement years as some of the happiest and satisfying periods of his life. Consistent with his wishes, a memorial service will be scheduled later in the spring for family and friends. Aquamation has taken place at the Wartman Funeral Home. If desired, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Chapel. On-line condolences and donations at www.wartmanfuneralhomes.com.