February 28, 1927 – March 14, 2015
Don Connelly 88 of Comox, BC, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully after a brief illness surrounded by his three children, in his own home, Saturday, March 14, 2015.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and orphaned at the age of four, he was predeceased by his parents, Lucy Emma Connelly and Dennis Connelly and also his infant daughter, Sylvia Dawn in 1956.
Don was an intelligent man serving in the RCAF for 30 yrs, first as an air bomber/navigator During WW2 and later as a respected and skilled air traffic controller. Throughout his career, Don was posted to the provinces of Nova Scotia, Quebec, Sask., finishing his military career in Comox, B.C. Following retirement, Don was employed as a meter reader for BC Hydro for 15 years, a job which kept him fit & healthy in his senior years.
Don is survived by his former wife of 27 years and dear friend Rhoda Metcalf.
Don was very proud of his three children, son Jeffrey Connelly (Wanda), grandchildren, Angela, Christopher, Nina, great grandchildren, Maddie & Callie, daughter Jennifer Schellinck (Charles), grandchildren, Adam (Laurie), Ryan (Kristin), Emily (Bain), son James Connelly, grandchildren, Jocelyn (Adam), Caitlin, Graeme.
Don enjoyed his beach property for many years occupying his time with beach combing, cutting firewood, dog walks, crossword puzzles, reading and listening to music.
Don’s family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Robertson, his nurse Cathy, Island Health Home Care Nurses, Home Support workers and the Comox Valley Hospice Society. Their dedication and efforts to provide assistance to the family while caring for Don in his home over the past month are a heartwarming and precious blessing to them.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Don’s memory.