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John J. Connelly

July 31, 1930 - May 15, 2017
Connelly, John J., 86, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2017. John was born on July 31, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late, Michael F. Connelly and the late Lida Mae (Grieser) O’Leary, and stepson of the late Joseph C. O’Leary.

John served in the United States Navy for 21 years. He enlisted at the age of 17, worked his way up through the enlisted ranks, then distinguished himself by earning a full commission as an officer. He was promoted to the rank of Ensign, then Lieutenant Junior Grade, and onto full Lieutenant. His final posting was as Executive Officer of the USS Luiseno. He earned an honorable discharge and retired as a Lieutenant in 1968.

Having retired from a full career in the U.S. Navy at the age of thirty-eight, John put his vast array of skills to work in the area of risk management re: loss prevention and control for The Hartford Insurance Group. His diligence and initiative didn’t go unnoticed in his new career at the Hartford any more than it did in the Navy, and he was soon promoted, eventually becoming the Department Manager for the Buffalo, New York area. He retired from The Hartford in 1992.

He and the love of his life, his wife, Claire then moved to Florida to enjoy their retirement together. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February, 2017.

John Connelly will be remembered as a good, generous, and honorable man with a quick wit, a keen intellect and a will of iron. We’ll also remember him as a devoted husband and father – a man of unyielding determination and loyalty. He will be sorely missed by his family who love him deeply, as well as by the friends, neighbors, and members of his community who knew what a good, kind, and decent person he has always been.

John was preceded in death by his brother Michael Connelly and sister Mary “Mae” Schubert. John is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 60 years, Claire Connelly; brother Edward Connelly; his children, Diane Leonetti, Carol Faling, and John Connelly, Jr.; grandchildren Joseph Faling, Kristen Harrington, Jeremy Connelly, Lauren Connelly and Mark Bandriwsky; great-grandchildren Joshua Herrera, Miranda Herrera, Mitchell Faling, Kyler Harrington, Finn Connelly and Calvin Connelly; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Rest well, beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather.

A visitation is to be held at the Michels and Lundquist funeral home on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm. A service is to be held at the funeral home on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11 am. John will then be honored for his service at the Florida National Cemetery at 1:30 pm before being laid peacefully to rest.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home

5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Service Information

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home

5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Florida National Cemetery

6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513

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