John Connelly

CONNELLY, John Thomas

August 17, 1931 – March 26, 2007


John was a stubborn man to the end and left us in his own time and on his own terms. His main squeeze, friend, partner and love of his life Doris by his side as always.

John was a jack of all trades and according to him, master of them all. He started as a truck driver, but went on to be a high tower worker. One of his favorite moments was installing the antenna on the top of the C.N. Tower. He was a proud union man and belonged to the Ironworker’s Local 97 to the end.

Upon retirement he volunteered himself and Doris to The Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club. He was involved in the Salmon enhancement program as well as the building of the new clubhouse to name just a few projects.

When his health began to slow him down, his pastimes were trying to tell Doris how to do housework his way, and looking after all the flowers she kept bringing home.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years Doris, his 3 daughters Jacqueline (Ken), Patricia (Stephen), Barbara (John), his daughter by heart Carilyn “Jesse” (Lowell McClenny) as well as 5 grandchildren Sherry (Ulysse), Michelle (Mark), Jeremy (Nancy), Brad and Taylor. John is also survived by his brother Duke (Arlene), his sisters, Eileen, Maureen, Joan (Roger) and their families as well as too many friends and extended family to name. You all know who you are.

In keeping with John’s last wishes, there will be no service, fanfare or hoopla on his behalf. The family thanks you for your thoughts and sympathy and leave you with this in John’s memory.


When I quit this mortal shore

And mosey ’round this earth no more,

Do not weep and do not sob;

I may have found a better job.

Don’t go and buy a large bouquet

For which you’ll find It hard to pay,

Don’t mope around and feel all blue;

I may be better off than you.