John Connell

John A. Connell

1922 - 2014 NEWFANE John (Jack) A. Connell, 91, was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Govan, Scotland. He died peacefully on Jan. 27, 2014 while in hospice care at home in Newfane. He came to America as a school boy and settled in Bay Ridge, N.Y. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became an aerial gunner on a B24 bomber. While training at Westover Air Base in Massachusetts, he met the love of his life, Rose Marie (Ree) O'Connell. After the war, they were married at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Springfield, Mass., on May 4,1946, and spent a wonderful 67 years together. Jack immediately went to work for New England Telephone where he started as a lineman and retired as a manager after 38 years. They moved to Dunedin, Fla., in 1989. He was a life member of the DAV, American Legion Post 275 in Dunedin and the Elks Lodge 1525. He was a member of the Scottish American Society and the Dunedin Boat Club. In July, 2013, he and Ree moved to live with their son, George, and his spouse in Newfane. Jack started Hospice Care immediately and he and Ree enjoyed a wonderful summer, fall and early winter in their new home in Newfane. He leaves his beloved wife Ree; a daughter Susan Bachmann of Lunenburg, Mass., and her companion, Kris Hansen; a son, Bruce of Sante Fe, N.M., and his wife, Jinx; a son, John G. of Shelton, Wash.; and a son, George of Newfane, and his spouse, Thad Bennett; two granddaughters, Jennifer Gemme and husband, Rich, and Erin Boudreau and husband, Tom; three great-grandsons, Riley, Andrew and Jack; a sister, Anne of Scottsdale, Ariz., and widow of Jack Egan; brother, Alan, and wife, Phyllis of Delaware; many nieces and nephews and their children as well as cousins in Scotland and England. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Cecelia Connell; Ree's parents, George and Florence O'Connell; sister, Julia Ashton, and sister-in-law, Lillian Constine, wife of Clesson. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Celebration of Life for Jack will be held at the American Legion in Brattleboro on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in thanksgiving for their wonderful care to VNA and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, 1 Hospital Court, Bellows Falls, VT 05101. A Mass of Remembrance and burial will be at the discretion of the family.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 29, 2014