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Tom, 89, formerly of Penn Hills, died Thursday evening, February 12, 2015. Son of Thomas Connelly and Bridie Lavelle of Clifden and Streamstown, Ireland; beloved husband of the late Kathleen (Ludwig) Connelly; beloved father of Lynda (Frank) Pastor, Terence (Deborah) Connelly, Gregory (Carol) Connelly, Kathleen Blattenberger and Sean (Laura) Connelly; brother of Mary Louise Sullivan and the late Patrick and George Connelly; grandfather of Shannon, Sean, Ryan, Darren, Meg and Cate. Tom was a retired foundry superintendent with U.S. Steel Corporation at the Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1950 with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was a Navy veteran serving aboard the U.S.S. Ben Franklin CV-13 during the Pacific campaign during World War II. On March 19, 1945, off the coast of Japan, a Japanese bomber managed to infiltrate the carrier's airspace and dropped two 500 pound bombs severely damaging the vessel. Heroic efforts by the crew saved the ship while 739 shipmates perished . He was a member of the American Legion and the Oakmont Elks. Tom volunteered his time as a tax advisor especially aiding the elderly with their tax returns. He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Verona. An avid Pittsburgh sports team fan, Tom loved the Pirates, Panthers, Steelers and Arnold Palmer. He loved Ireland especially his relatives and family home in Clifden, County Galway. Friends and relatives will be received at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont on Monday, February 16, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Verona on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. Family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2015.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
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March 29, 2015
The lives of the deceased are placed in the memory of the living
February 19, 2015
Tom and I worked together at ET. He was a great guy. We shared many good times together. May he rest in peace. Jack Dunn
February 16, 2015
Tom was my fathers (Michael Galya) boss at the ET foundry. He always spoke highly of Tom. May they rest in peace.

Melanie Wirtz
February 15, 2015
Linda, Terry, Greg, Sean, and Kathy, I am so sorry that I cannot be with you at this time to share the memories of the wonderful life of one of the kindest and gentle men I have known.. I know how all of you adored your dad and will miss him but he is now at peace with your mom. Love you always, Aunt Eileen
Eileen Connelly
February 15, 2015
My dear Uncle Tom was a wonderful brother, father, husband and grandfather; he was devoted to his work at all levels. He will be sorely missed by all his family. May he rest in peace and find eternal life thereafter. Respectfully, Michelle S. Fielding, niece
Michelle Fielding
February 15, 2015
God Bless the Irish lad. Prayers and sympathy to the family.
February 15, 2015
Our condolences to the Connelly Family

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