John P. “Buddy” Connolly

September 9, 2008

John P. “Buddy” Connolly
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

JOHN P.”BUDDY” CONNOLLY – in Woburn, Tuesday, September 9th, beloved husband of Mary “Pat” (Golden) Connolly. Devoted father of Mark J. Connolly of Haverhill and Anne Marie Paladino and her husband Stephen of Woburn. Dear brother of Joseph Connolly of S. Yarmouth, and Jean Roche of TN. Cherished grandfather of Christopher Keane. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, September 12th at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, East Woburn at 12 noon. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Connolly’s memory to the Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

OBITUARY:

John P. “Buddy” Connolly, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away early Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Mary “Pat” (Golden) Connolly.

Born in Woburn, he was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Goodridge) Connolly. He attended Woburn Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1946. Following high school “Buddy” as he was affectionately known, joined the United States Army where he proudly served his country in the military police during WWII and was reactivated during the Korean War.

His training in the military led him in a direction of service, which was his lifetime profession and passion. He began his career as a Court Officer in Woburn where he worked for several years, before transferring to Ayer for the following three years. He finished his career in the Concord District Court, where he held the position of Chief Court Officer until his retirement in 1995.

In the mid fifties, Mr. Connolly had served for two terms on the Woburn School Committee, first as a chairman for one term, followed by another two terms on the Northeast Vocational School Committee. Throughout his professional years he remained dedicated to the youth of the city.

In 1955, he married his sweetheart, Pat, with whom he shared over fifty-three years of love and devotion. Together they raised their children, whose activities he followed closely throughout their school years. During the summer months, they vacationed on Cape Cod and, in later years, Wells, Maine. Cruises were a place of relaxation also for the entire family, their favorite being the Disney cruises. He thoroughly enjoyed being a grandfather and his grandson Christopher was his pride and joy. He was very involved with him, both as a mentor and his most supportive cheerleader.

During Mr. Connolly’s retirement years, he became very active in the activites of the stock market and enjoyed the challenge of timing the market’s fluctuations. He shared his financial acumen with his son. He also had a talent for gardening and distributed his wonderful tomatoes with everyone.

Mr. Connolly was a member of the Woburn Elks.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Mary “Pat” (Golden) Connolly, his children, Mark J. Connolly of Haverhill and Anne Marie Paladino and her husband Stephen of Woburn, his siblings, Joseph Connolly of S. Yarmouth, and Jean Roche of Tennessee, and his cherished grandson, Christopher Keane.

A funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, September 12th, at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mr. Connolly’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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  1. AnneMarie,Dino,& Family, Very sorry to here of Buddy’s passing.He was always a good friend and a long time buddy to all ,which meant a lot. Bob/Anne Simonds

  2. Dear Annie, Dino, Chris and Pat: So sorry to hear about Buddy. Such a pleasant nice man who will be missed bye all.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Shawn,Amy and Joshua

  3. Dear AnneMarie,Dino, Chris and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your past memories help you get though it and know that we are deeply sorry for your loss.
    With deepest sympathy to your family.

    AnnMarie & Andy Caldwell

  4. Dear Mark,
    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Take comfort in the fact your father is at peace. You are a rich man, Mark…your extended school family loves and cherishes you. Mark, you are a devoted son.
    Always,
    Ellen M.

  5. Dear Annie, Dino, Chris and Pat:
    So sorry to hear about Buddy. Such a pleasant nice man who will be missed bye all.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Shawn,Amy and Joshua

  6. Anne and Pat,

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad/husband. I always remember him as being happy all the time. My deepest condolences.

    Linda (Frost) Mullen

  7. Dear Bud,
    May you know rest in peace. You were a man of his time, true and committed. I will always remember you with the utmost love and respect. Bud, you will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
    Heart felt condolence’s to the family.
    Love,
    Stephen

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