Cornelius P. “Neil” Connelly, Jr.

November 23, 2005

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

CORNELIUS P. “NEIL” CONNELLY, JR. – in Woburn, November 23rd. Beloved brother of Ann Henderson of Woburn, Patricia Piccard of Idaho, Richard Connelly of Arizona, Marie Coady of Woburn, and the late Thomas Connelly. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, December 1st at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Neil’s memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Cornelius P. “Neil” Connelly, Jr. of Woburn passed away at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, November 23rd, at the age of seventy-eight.

He was born in Somerville, son of the late Cornelius and Marguerite (Delander) Connelly. He grew up in Charlestown and graduated from Boston College High School. He continued his education at Boston College and received a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor.

In early years he worked in the Boston Police Department, and after passing the bar in 1953, he went to work for the United States Government. He was an investigator for the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the US Treasury. He lived in Washington, DC and New York City during those years, and at one point he was assigned as a guard for President John F. Kennedy.

Neil ended his career as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Bunker Hill Community College. After his retirement in 1980 he traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia and China.

He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Connelly.

Surviving are three sisters, Ann Henderson of Woburn, Patricia Piccard of Idaho, and Marie Coady of Woburn, a brother, Richard Connelly of Arizona, and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, December 1st at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Neil’s memory to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801.

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