Obituary: John J. Connelly, 72, of Holmdel

Connelly raised his family in Holmdel and was active in the youth sports leagues.


John J. Connelly, age 72, of Barnegat and formerly of Holmdel, passed away on Thursday, August 30th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. 

John was a resident of Holmdel for 48 years prior to his move 4 months ago to Barnegat.  He was a graduate of Marist High School, Bayonne and St. Peter’s College, Jersey City.  He was a business administrator for Siemens in Iselin, NJ, retiring in 1993.  

John was both a board member and coached basketball baseball & softball for the H.Y.A.A. and Holmdel Pop Warner Leagues, coach of basketball and baseball for Saint Joseph’s CYO, Keyport and basketball coach for Saint James Elementary School, Red Bank.

John is survived by the love of his life, Catherine.  John had three children who he loved and adored, a daughter Cathy and husband Shaun Golden of Farmingdale, NJ; two sons John Patrick Connelly and wife Donna of Bedminster and Michael Owen Connelly and wife Jennifer of Southbury, CT; John was also survived by his six grandchildren, who were his pride and  joy Shaun Michael, Ryan Christopher, Meghan Emma, Terrence Sean, Madison Grace and Michael William.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 3rd, 6-8 PM and Tuesday, September 4th, 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 5th, 10:30 AM at St. Leo the Great, 50 Hurleys Lane, Lincroft. 

Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. 

The family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to either St. Leo the Great School, or to Red Bank Catholic High School, 112 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ  07701.


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