Rory was born on Staten Island, NY to Elam and Catherine (Manly) MacConnell. He and his wife Jennifer moved to Orange County, NY, prior to relocating to Sarasota, FL in 2004.
Rory graduated from Tottenville High School and went to work on Wall Street prior working for NYC Department of Corrections. He completed 20 years and retired as a Corrections Captain. He came out of retirement and returned to the workforce as a Rural Carrier with USPS. In usual Rory fashion he helped his coworkers sort through the ins and outs of the job as the Union Steward. Rory was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Rory had a passion for motorcycles and was a long-time member of The Blue Knights International Law Enforcement motorcycle club. During his membership, Rory held several offices, including International Vice President of North America from 2021 to 2023, Board of Governors Chairman, SRC Conference Chairman, and Secretary, as well as, President of his local chapter. Rory was a Shriner and belonged to The Widow Sons motorcycle group. Rory enjoyed fundraising for the charities he supported and giving back to his community.
Additionally, Rory played pool on an APA League team that had the opportunity several times to travel to Las Vegas competing in National completions.
Rory is survived by his loving spouse of 41 years, Jennifer (Dolan), his son Brian (Cecelia Judge), his daughter Stephanie (Winston Hegener), and his grandchildren James, Christian, Kinley, Isla, and Clara. He is also survived by his siblings Pat Benson, Ronald, Donald, Kathy (Sam Calello), Jay (Bonnie Bench), and Robyn (Jude Knesel), as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and two dogs Olaf and Anna.
He was preceded in death by his son Christopher, his parents Elam and Catherine (Manly), and his brother Robert.
Friends and family are invited to attend the viewing on Friday 12/8 at Robert Toale & Sons funeral home. The funeral service will take place on Saturday 12/9 at New Life Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital in memory of Rory MacConnell.
Robert Toale & Sons funeral home in Sarasota, FL, is assisting the family with the arrangements.