CONNOLLY Mary T. “Mona” (Foley) of South Boston passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Devoted wife of 47 years to Thomas J. “Bobo” Connolly, retired Detective, Boston Police Department. Loving mother to Christine Connolly Boyda and her husband Bud, Thomas D. Connolly and his wife Noreen and Mona Connolly-Casper and her husband Tommy. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Robert, Patrick and Megan Boyda, Sean, Grace and James Connolly, Thomas and Macdara Casper. Daughter of the late MacDara and Kate Foley of Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Sister of Marguerite Marks, Joseph Foley, the late John “Dudso” Foley, the late Barbara Daley and the late Kathleen Crea. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from The O’Brien Funeral Home, 146 Dorchester Street, SOUTH BOSTON, Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. Funeral Mass in St. Brigid Church at 10:00 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Tuesday 3:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Mona was a Democratic Delegate of the Ward 6 Committee and a former Secretary of the Committee. She was a founding member of the South Boston Irish American Society, former member of the Board of Directors of the South Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Main Streets program. Member of the Boston Harbor Yacht Club for 30 years. In 2000, she was named South Boston Businesswoman of the Year by the South Boston Main Streets. She received the Unsung Hero Award from the South Boston Citizens Association for community activism in 2005. She was the Chairwoman of the St. Augustine’s Chapel Restoration Committee, helping to decorate the Chapel every Christmas for many years. Member of the South Boston Design Advisory Committee. An entrepreneur by nature, she was the former proprietor of Pleasure Bay Travel and current proprietor of the Seapoint Restaurant in South Boston. Mona was an avid traveler, and she visited all of the Continents. She especially enjoyed her numerous trips to Ireland. She was a proud, lifelong resident of South Boston. She renovated and redesigned an old 3 decker on Farragut Road, developed it into condominiums and kept one, fulfilling her dream of living on the water. Her favorite view of all was the one from her porch balcony overlooking Boston Harbor and Castle Island. During her illness, she was overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support from friends in the South Boston community and beyond, and was especially grateful to the dedicated staff at the Seapoint Restaurant. Mona was a special person who touched the lives of all those who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Boston Catholic Academy, 866 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127.
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Published in Boston Herald from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2010