Patrick J. Connelly

Seattle, Washington


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Patrick J. ConnellyAge 78The founder of Connelly Skis Inc. and a pioneer in the water ski industry passed away April 29th in Seattle. Born in Chicago, he moved to Seattle in 1955 raising his family before moving to Whidbey Island in 1985 where he resided until his passing. A funeral service will...

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This is really weird, worked at Connelly skiis late 70's for 6-7yrs, haven't thought about it much since then. Today for some strange resson, I'm not a big computer or phone guy at 61 yrs old, I just got a smart phone, which it seems i s way smarter than me, had the impulse to look up pat. Connelly
Back in the day, working there was I think the best time of my life. So many great memories with the early crew, Robbins, taylor, behrens, b-nob, pope, horne,and all the other wood dogs that...

I had the privilege to meet Mr. Connelly and talk with him for about 10 minutes during a pro tour stop in St. Louis. He spoke to me as if he had known me for many years...he inspired me again with his knowledge and passion for this way of life yet listened to a young kid with his dreams. He was an ambassador of the sport and a good man. I am lucky to have met him.

I just found out that Pat had passed away, I had no idea. I knew Pat when he worked with Wally Burr, early 60's, he and Wally made my first water ski. It was a woodie and won many tournaments. Pat was such a great guy and I will miss him dearly. Mike Mac

Pat was a great boss, a good friend and a positive influence in my life and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts are with his family.
-Chuck Pope

So sorry to hear. An honor to know and work with him for 20 years. I will miss him.

Our thoughts are with Pat's family at this time, we know most of you and have had good times with all. John started with connelly skis in 1974, Pat was a true designer and innovator. I hope someone has looked in his wallet because that is where he kept his notes on the next great ski design.

I will always remember Pat. He and Dennis Crispin took me to Sun Valley skiing when I was just 16. For me that was a BIG DEAL. He was truly a kind and positive guy. Alot of fun. Truly, not many men come along like him. I remember when he started making water skis in the basement of his house and living on a shoestring. Nice guys do finish first! May God bless you and your entire family. Thanks for the memories. Clark Hoyt


When Matthew Connelly and I started ICONN Sports we were Rebels with a Cause and Pat was right there with us. He was our mentor, our rock, our ICONN. Pat displayed tremendous confidence in us and our abilities. Pat always had a kind, gentle way about him, truly caring about his employees and skiers. His attitude made you want to do your very best. Those were exciting times for us in the water skiing industry. Pat and Matt designed a wake board that Jeremy Kovak rode to become the 97 X-Games...