John T. CONNOLLY (1927 - 2018)

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John died peacefully at home on August 16, 2018 in Spokane, WA from Parkinson's Disease with his loving wife Marlene Geraghty Connolly at his side. John was born in 1927 to Beatrice (Tappero) Connolly and John P. Connolly in Pana, Illinois. He moved with his family to Michigan when he was a toddler and graduated from Dearborn High School in 1945. After graduation, he served in WWII, first as a Merchant Marine and then in the Army where he was stationed in Italy.
John returned home in 1948 and decided to try police work and began his 37 year career with the Dearborn Police Department. He was a career policeman who started walking the beat in 1949 and worked his way up to Chief of Police. As a Corporal, he ran Dearborn's first Police Dog Service program. In 1986, he retired from Dearborn and took a position as Public Safety Director in Gibraltar, MI, placing him in charge of The Gibraltar Police and Public Works Departments. He also served as a City Councilman before retiring in 2000.
In law enforcement, he had a reputation for conducting himself with honesty, integrity and kindness. John received many commendations for exemplary service including a letter from the late FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover for his part in apprehending two bank robbers. After retirement John became a world-renowned dog show judge and was a founder of the American Boxer Charitable Foundation. He served three terms as President of the American Boxer Club and was a mentor to at least two generations of breeders, exhibitors and judges. In 2001, a mutual friend set him up with Marlene "from Spokane". John then moved to Spokane, married Marlene and they had a wonderful life together. John was truly a man for all seasons and a man for all jobs. Once he started anything, you knew it would be done right, honestly and with charm and wit.
John was preceded in death by wives Patsy and Carol. He was the oldest of 37 cousins. He will be missed dearly by his wife Marlene and stepdaughters Marcella (Don) Maile, of Camano Island, Sheila Geraghty and Brigid (Neil) Krause of Spokane, Nora (Steve) Boyle, of Sacramento, Kara (Pat) McIntyre from Wayne, MI. and sister Eleana (Octavian) Mihon of Ann Arbor, MI and brother Dan (Judy) Mihon of Natrona Hgts., PA and step-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Senior Helpers and Horizon Hospice for their wonderful care of John. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, Catholic Charities Spokane and the Spokane Humane Society.
Funeral Mass will be Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1pm and will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 219 E. Rockwood Blvd., Spokane. Arrangements have been entrusted to:


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Published in Spokesman-Review from Sept. 2 to Sept. 7, 2018