John Paul Connelly

15 January, 194113 March, 2021
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John Paul Connelly passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in his sleep on Saturday March 13th.

He was predeceased by his Mother and Father Eileen and Patrick Connelly, and his sister Colette McCann. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Katherine, and his three daughters and their husbands Jacqueline and Vern, Catriona and Will, and Shona and Jim. He was a wonderful Grandfather to Madalyn, Rebecca, Aidan and Michael, a loving uncle to his nieces and nephew, and a support to so many more throughout his full and happy life.

John was born on January 15, 1941 in Glasgow, Scotland where he was doted on by his big sister Colette. He began playing golf at the age of ten with his pal Jimmy Edgar and continued this passion his whole life, and spent his youth on the football pitch dreaming of joining his beloved Celtic. He began working at an Insurance Company in Glasgow and continued within the Industry for the rest of his career.

John and Mary were married in 1968 and immigrated to Canada around the same time as their friends Anne and Jim Towns, and Elspeth and Douglas Orr, where along with their new friends Carol and George Snowden they all created a Canadian family for their collective children, beginning their own traditions of Boxing Day parties and family vacations (with the occasional golf game!). They settled in Oakville with their three children, where so many wonderful memories were made. Their home became a safe haven for friends of their children who needed extra support and love, and to this day John is considered family by so many that have no actual relation to him. His kindness and generosity transcended the traditional definition of family.

In 2000, Mary and John retired together and moved to Cambridge to be closer to their grandchildren. John found a more fulfilling second career in retirement - becoming the world’s best Grandpa. He shared his love of soccer with his girl Becca, his love of discussion and deep thoughts with Maddie, and kicked the ball around playing commentator with his boys Aidan “Fishbone” McIntyre and Michael “Boaby” McIntyre. He found immense enjoyment and fulfillment watching them grow, and becoming their true selves.

In their later years, John and Mary became “snowbirds”, avoiding Canadian winters and enjoying their time in Destin, Florida. John was a great dancer and they enjoyed boogying at Banjorama and having fun with friends. His kids and grandkids came to visit each year on March break, to help him build sandcastles and dig big holes on the beach. When at home, John found great joy puttering around his beautiful back garden that he had cultivated over the years, enjoying the cardinals and blue jays that would visit every day.

Toodle Pip Johnny. You will be greatly missed.

John’s family is grateful for the 14 years of distinctively valuable memories gifted to them because of a liver donation from his daughter Catriona. In lieu of flowers, the family would be appreciative of donations to The Centre for Living Organ Donation at Toronto General Hospital at the link below.

A service is to be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:00 am with only close family in attendance due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please join the family via livestream on this page with the link below.



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Nicholas Brett

20 March 2021

Uncle John

You were certainly a cool customer, nothing phased you, nothing was an issue. I have fond childhood memories from when we visited (over 30 years ago now) and discovered many new experiences that are still with me now. Forever in my heart.

Nicholas Brett

Gérry & Catherine Brett

20 March 2021

The sadness of John's passing will be shared by the many people who loved and admired him.

John was a lovely, calm and considerate man, who always had a good word for everyone.

John and Mary had a long and very happy, argument free marriage (as long as he did what Mary said) God bless his soul. We will remember John in our prayers.

Gérry & Catherine Brett

Melody Orr

20 March 2021

Dear Mary & Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories spent with John and your family! Our hearts and thoughts are with you. Lots of love and hugs.
Love Colin, Melody, Avery & Quin

Maria Campbell

18 March 2021

Dear Mary, Jacqueline, Catriona and Shona,

It was a privilege knowing John , I’ll always remember him as a kind, warm gentle soul who loved having family and friends around him. I remember well the many gatherings we all had, with him and Jim singing their Scottish songs.
I pray for peace and comfort for you all at this difficult time.

Love and God Bless. Maria. XXXX


17 March 2021

Best neighbors ever from Toris Court, so many memories too many to share. The world was a better place with John in it. Love and prayers to your whole family, many tears yet to be shed. Glad to have shared those times with you. Linda, Bree, Michael and Jenn and families.

Pat & Kate Corrigan

17 March 2021

Dear John,
One of the best memories we have of you is the fantastic holiday you and Mary Kate gave us. You both were so kind. You have a lovley family and you were a great man. A gentleman. Love to you all at this trying time. Fly high. Pat & Kate x

Jane Irvine

17 March 2021

Jane and Brian Irvine

To Mary and Family,

Sending love to you all.
John was a true gentle man, always caring and very welcoming. Loved his warm smile.
We are fortunate to have shared so many happy family memories together over the years.
John will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

Lots of love
Jane and Brian

John and Margaret McPherson

17 March 2021

Met John in Destin over the last 9 yrs or so.What a great guy he had the knack of making you feel special even though my golf game was quite ordinary .We spent happy times with Mary and John . We were really saddened at his passing and will miss him for sure.
Guess no more of those special beers and watching the Celtic game in muted mode lol Mary

Jim and Barbara Lomax

17 March 2021

Dear Mary and family,

Meeting you and John was a delightful happening in our lives. Each year we looked forward to renewing our friendship and the shared bonds that like minded “snowbirds” enjoy.

Gentleman John, for that’s what we remember him for. The most gentle kind of man you could meet. Quietly observing with a knowing smile, not missing a thing. That and his lovely, wry sense of humour, endeared him to our hearts; as did, his unconditional love of family.

Our frequent conversations in Florida, between twirling the light fantastic with our lovely partners on the dance floor, developed into a friendship that continued over the years with frequent email
exchanges between our Snowbird encounters.

We feel your pain and we miss him dearly.

Much love Jim and Barbara

ken connelly

17 March 2021

March 16, 2021
My condolences to Mary and the family. My memories of John are of one of the most talented "right half backs" in Scottish boys soccer. RIP. Ken Connelly
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