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James "Jim" Thomas Connelly

Obituary for James "Jim" Thomas Connelly

January 24, 2018
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Obituary

James (Jim) Thomas Connelly, of Bryn Athyn, PA, on January 24th, at the age of 75, peacefully passed into the spiritual world. He is now interning with the original carpenter, has enough tan khakis for an eternity, and is certainly covered in some amazing sawdust.  Jim is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sharon Roberts Connelly.  Jim's caring children: Sean Patrick Connelly (wife Holly and grandchildren Nora and Anaïs) and Erin Margaret Connelly (husband Rod Hee).

Jim was born on May 4th, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA; the middle child of Gertrude Elizabeth and James Francis Connelly.  He will be joining his late, younger brother, Joe; and is survived by his older sister, Fran, and his first wife Ginny.

Living life to the fullest for Jim meant spending time on his boat, keeping the sails trim en route to Bermuda, turning wrenches to race his own Corvettes, as well as restoring and playing with some pretty big model trains.  Jim leaves an admirable legacy in the wooden creations he has been making since founding his business, J. T. Connelly Woodworker, in 1965.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jim's memorial service on Saturday February 3rd, 2018 at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, 900 Cathedral Rd, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009 which will also be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/events/412240985864626/ .  Prelude music begins at 7:10pm, the service starts at 7:30pm, and a brief reception will be held in the choir hall immediately following the service.  

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Jim's memory to either The Bryn Athyn Church Emergency Aid Fund or Holy Redeemer Hospice.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • The Bryn Athyn Church Emergency Aid Fund
  • Holy Redeemer Hospice

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Craft-Givnish Funeral Home of Abington, Ltd.

1801 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
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