Mr. Joseph F. Connolly

  • Born: May 19, 1941
  • Died: December 16, 2018
  • Location: of North Reading, formerly of Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph F. Connolly of North Reading, formerly of Stoneham passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was 77 years of age.

Joseph was the devoted husband of the late Kathleen (Kay) E. Connolly. Joe and Kay were married for 49 years. They raised their family in Stoneham before moving to North Reading. Joseph was the loving son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Connolly of Woburn, MA. He was the cherished father to Jason Connolly and his wife Renee and Eileen Kerr and her husband Shawn. The beloved grandfather to Madison, Kathleen, Patrick, and Coleman, Joseph was the brother of the late Barbara Corrieri and her husband Bob, Joanie Connolly, and Kathleen Connolly. He is also survived by many sister and brother in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

Joe grew up on Buckman St. in Woburn, MA. He attended St. Charles School in Woburn, MA until eighth grade. For high school, he attended Keith Academy in Lowell, MA. Joe graduated from Boston College with a degree in accounting. Joe worked for M. I. T. for 45 years and retired there as Assistant Director of the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE). Joe loved to golf with his friends at the Thomson Country Club, travel with his family, tell a good story, and watch his grandchildren play sports. He has been a blessing to his family and he will be forever missed.

Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM on Friday, December 21st at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Joseph's Eternal Life in Saint Patrick Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham at 10am. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Joseph's Family on Thursday, December 20th from 4 to 8pm in the Funeral Home. Parking attendants and elevator are available. Interment Riverside Cemetery North Reading.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boston Children's Hospital as his grandson Patrick is an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor at 401 Park Dr. Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Eileen,
We are so grateful for your beautiful testimonial to your dad at his Funeral Service yesterday. As is well known, Joe had a great spirit and a great heart - a "heart of gold".
Thank you too, for mentioning so many of your dad's friends by name. It was very kind and touched everyone deeply.
With great affection,

Posted by Carole Nassif - Topsfield   December 22, 2018

My condolences to the Connolly family for their loss of Joe and the previous loss of Katherine. They were wonderful people. I knew Joe since 1957 in Woburn. We attended Bentley College, and joined the Army Reserves together. They will be missed.

Joe Griffin
37 Sharon Ann Lane
East Falmouth, MA 02536

Posted by A friend   December 21, 2018

Such a delightful wit that informed, entertained, and directed. It was a total delight to walk the golf course with Joe. The numbers faded while the warmth of the experience grew. We are better for having known him.

Posted by Alan Brown - Stoneham, MA - Friend   December 21, 2018

To Jason and Eileen and family members;
We are saddened to hear of your father's passing. We fondly remember him as a loving husband and father and an extraordinary coach of basketball and baseball. Who can ever forget Sunday basketball at Stoneham High School? Great memories. Can never think of him without thinking of your mother. They were such a devoted couple AND so much fun to be around. Cherish your memories and remember you were blessed to have such wonderful parents.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
Ralph and Ellen Benson

Posted by Ralph Benson - Hingjham, MA - Friend   December 20, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear this terrible news.Joe was my Dads best friend and my Godfather.It was always a great pleasure to spend time with Joe!He played golf in a family tournament my dad had.It was called The Half Moon Invitational and Joes name made it on the trophy 3 times as the winner! I hope that when you make it to heaven my dad has got a tee time for you two!I love you Joe!!

Posted by Robert Jones - Tewksbury, MA - Friend   December 19, 2018

We are sorry for your loss. We had great fun playing golf at lochmere country club with Bob Jones and family
Dave (Muzzey) Pierce and family

Posted by Dave Pierce - Alton Bay, NH - Friend   December 19, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great colleague and manager, and wonderful to work with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With deepest sympathy,

His friends at the Research Laboratory of Electronics

Posted by RLE MIT - Cambridge, MA - Coworker   December 19, 2018

Joe Connolly - A great husband, father and friend to many.. Consummate story teller.. pleasure to golf with.. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family and friends. The world is a better place because Joe was here. His spirit lives on and we will see him again.

Posted by Paul & Diane Hinckley - Exeter, NH - Friend   December 19, 2018

We shared a lot of laughs. You were a great friend and neighbor. Pat and Billy Cohen , Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted by A friend   December 19, 2018

Thoughts and Prayers go Out to Your Family at this difficult time. Thank You Joe for being a Great Friend and all the Memories I have being with You and Your Family. Sha- Na- Na My Great Friend

Posted by Walter and Cathy Curran - Amesbury,, MA - Family Friend   December 19, 2018

Joe, you were a great guy and a good friend. You will be missed by many.

Posted by Art and Ginny Dunford - Burlington, MA - Friend   December 18, 2018

Thomson Country Club will never be the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joe and you will be greatly missed. The TCC Board on behalf of the membership.

Posted by Patrick Furnari    December 18, 2018

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