William Francis Connell III

William Francis "Bill" Connell III, 53, of West Scranton, died Tuesday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He and his adoring wife of 22 years, Ann Norton Connell, married Nov. 9, 1991.

Born in Pittston on March 3, 1960, son of William Jr. and Mary (Lucille) Gilson Connell of Pittston, Bill was a 1978 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School before attending the University of Scranton. He worked as an account executive for Hutchins and Hutchins of Scranton. He retired as a major in rank after 24 years of serving in the Army National Guard, following a legacy of family military service. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in West Scranton. He was also active in local government and with numerous clubs and organizations, including the Italian-American Victor Alfieri Society and the Paul "Hook" O'Malley Division 4 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Passing away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, he will be forever missed by all of those who dearly loved him.

He is also survived by his two loving sons, Billy IV and Pat Connell, both of Scranton; two brothers, Thomas Connell and wife, Margaret (Midge), Moosic; and Andy Connell, Pittston; three sisters, Gabriella Falvo, Pittston; Mary Connell, Alexandria, Va.; and Courtney McKitish and husband, Eric, Pittston; and a nephew, Logan Falvo, Wilkes-Barre; and Mariah and Rachel Webb of Pittston.

He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Thomas.

Funeral services with military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will be Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., president of Scranton Preparatory School. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's name may be made to the , 613 Baltimore Drive, Suite 3, Wilkes Barre, 18702. Visit www.KearneyFuneralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.

Funeral Home

Kearney Funeral Homes
125 North Main Avenue Scranton, PA 18504
(570) 342-8345

Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 20, 2014