In Memory

Tom Connolly

Tom Connolly

Thomas J. Connolly, Jr, 73, passed away March 30, 2021 due to heart disease.  Born October 15, 1947, he was the son of Thomas J. Connolly, Sr. and Betty Connolly . He grew up in the Phoenix area where he attended Camelback High School and later graduated from Arizona State University. He served the country he loved so much in the U.S. Army while stationed in Washington, D.C. Tom's next step took him to Oklahoma and the banking industry. His gifts for crunching numbers and understanding people made him a natural and a star within the field. Never content to do just one thing, Tom mastered banking, managing finances, excelled as a stock broker and then moved back to Arizona where he wheeled and dealed with an antique consignment store, sold real estate and managed a vacation property. Tom was so much more than his work. He was a family man and the apple of his eye was his daughter, Bridget Maureen Connolly. His only child grew up to be a successful attorney and blessed Tom' life with his granddaughter Madeline Kate Childers. For over 20 years the three of them and his so-in-law Adam vacationed together, usually staying on one of several boats he owned, the "Too Much', Hookup Jo" and the "Starkiss". Together they enjoyed Pacific Beach, their favorite haunts in San Diego and their home away from home on Catalina Island. Tom was a consummate Irishman. He traveled there many times, most recently in the summer of 2017 when he stayed for over a month becoming an honorary citizen of Swinford, County Mayo. Tom lived life to its fullest. He loved the outdoors and was happiest with a fishing pole in one hand and a stiff drink in the other. Tom is survived by his daughter Bridget, son-in-law Adam, Granddaughter Maddy, sister Marie Newport and countless other adoring fellow trouble-makers, hooligans and outlaws. 

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04/15/21 12:31 PM #1    

Bill Kaehler

Tom, or "Tommy Boy" as he was known to many friends, was my best friend since 5th grade at Lafayette Elementary school.  About 63 years.  I'll miss him every day for the rest of my time and always think fondly of the good times and good memories we had.  All who knew him also knew he was a one-off in this world, not to be replicated anytime soon.

05/02/23 08:01 AM #2    

Jim Coats

My bet is that "Tommy Boy" has met up with some of my Mom's clan....the McCartys.  They never miss an opportunity to welcome a fellow Irishman.  RIP, Tom.

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