Jack Connell, 93, of Stratford, Connecticut, passed away in his daughter’s home on June 1, 2021. Born on November 8, 1927 to the late Anna Gallagher Connell and Patrick Connell, brother to Patricia Connell O’Brien, and the late Billy Connell and Bob Connell. Jack graduated in the second graduating class from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1946, proudly served in the Army in World War II, and then attended Fairfield University, graduating in 1952.
An extra special day came on June 18, 1952, when he married Jane Aspinwall. Jack and Jane moved to Stratford in 1953 and started their family. He was a Marketing Manager at Southern Connecticut Telephone Company where he retired after 30 years. His retirement consisted of playing in the sand on the golf course, annual trips to Sarasota and Watch Hill, many family parties and get-togethers, and watching his grandchildren play together in his beloved backyard pool. Jack always looked forward to seeing his brothers from Fairfield Prep at the annual Latin Scholars Luncheon. Jack will be remembered as a kind-hearted gentleman with a great sense of humor.
In addition to his wife Jane of nearly 70 years, Jack is survived by his sister Patricia O’Brien, his daughter Mary Jane Connell and her husband Bill Baal, daughter Meg Connell, his son Brian Connell and his wife Lynda Finkenstadt Connell. He will be fondly remembered as “Poppy” to grandchildren Amy Connell and her fiancé Christopher Parker, Mollie Manzi Richards and her husband James Richards, Brian Connell, Jr. and his wife Cheri Hamilton Connell, Justine Manzi Palmer and her husband Jason Palmer, and great-granddaughter Caitlyn Richards. Jack is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Jon and Jackie Aspinwall, and brothers-in-law Edward Austin and Les Harriman. He was “Uncle Jack” to his fifteen nieces and nephews and was great-uncle to fifteen more. He is also survived by his cousins Rich McKenna, Diane McKenna, Nancy McKenna Slais, Carol Seeley, and special family friend Jean LaPierre.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass celebrating Jack’s life at St. James Roman Catholic Church, 2110 Main Street, Stratford, on Friday, June 18th at 12 noon. Please note: masks and social distancing will be in effect.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516.
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