Michael Joseph Connolly

December 11, 1936February 5, 2014

CONNOLLY, Michael Joseph, 77 of Indian Rocks Beach and formerly of New York City, NY passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Largo Medical Center. Michael was born December 11, 1936 in New York City and moved to this area in 1994 after his retirement. He was a Lieutenant with the New York Fire Department. Michael also was a veteran serving in the US Navy and a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church of Largo, FL. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Diane Connolly of Indian Rocks Beach, FL, a son Michael J (Robin) Connolly of Red Oak, Iowa, two daughters Patricia (George) Brown of Milton, NY and Ann Marie (James) Fraser of New Windsor, NY along with seven grandchildren Zachary, Casey, Riley, Jessica, Sean, Rachael and James. Memorial Contributions may be offered to the American Cancer Society, 4801 86th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782. Friends are calling on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 2 – 4 PM and 6 – 8 PM at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774, Phone # 727-562-2080 with Funeral Services on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11 AM at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo, FL 33774. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Richard Kirschner

February 26, 2014

To the Connolly family; Some say it is an honor to be part of the FDNY, the truth is it is an honor to work with and be friends with great men like Mike that make the FDNY what it is. I considered it a privilege to be one of “his guys” and look forward to the day we once again share a laugh and late night talk.

marty liptak

February 22, 2014

Mike... thanks for the fun times and fond memories.

Raul Huerta

February 18, 2014

I met Mike after we both retired. We met yearly at PJ's restaurant and I will miss his company there. I always looked forward to seeing him. He was a pleasure to be with.
Raul Huerta
Ladder 34

Cathy Rogers

February 18, 2014

Dear friend, until we meet again may the good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. Give Margaret a hug when you see her. Peace and love to you and yours, Cathy Rogers

Phil Smith

February 17, 2014

I had the great pleasure of being Mike's chauffeur in L -54. Mike was a great boss to work for. An even better friend on and off the job. Mike you are truly missed. I am very greatfull to have many many fond memories of you and our times together. Thanks for being Mike

Tom Pierno

February 17, 2014

Mike was one of the all time good guys. The news of his passing has saddened the hearts of so many. I feel so fortunate to not only had the opportunity to work with him, but as the years went bye, developed such an endearing friendship that I consider him my brother. We had so many great times together & I'm going to have fond memories for the rest of my days. Mike will be missed by all but he will never be forgotten. He was truly one of the best & is loved by all who knew him. Rest in peace brother, rest in peace.

jim curran

February 16, 2014

A great husband, father, grandfather, firefighter, friend, co-worker, traveling companion and AN ABSOLUTE FDNY LEGION. He lit up every room and firehouse he ever entered. He will live on in the memories of everyone he ever met, both on and off the job he cherished to much. RIP pal. You have a huge reception of friends waiting for you to GET THE PARTY STARTED. Til we meet again, it was our ultimate honor to have you in our lives.

Joe Lumsden

February 15, 2014

I have some great memories having shared 'a few pints' with Mike in New York and in Dublin. Mikes true strength lay in his gentleness and his laughter would fill a room with smiles.
I raise a glass to you Mike and may St Patrick hold you tight in the palm of his hand. Rest in Peace.

Bob Englehart

February 15, 2014

It was a honor to have you as a friend. You taught so many of us young guys the right way to go through this job. Things I still carry on today. You can't imagine how many peoples lives you made a difference in. You will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. We know that when you look down upon us you will always be smiling. God Bless You and your Family.

Donal Hand

February 14, 2014

I had the honour of meeting Mike a number of times in New York for a few St Patrick Day's and here in Ireland he was larger than life and had a kindness that would fill any room he was in.
It is a pleasure to have shared time with him and I feel great sadness in his passing RIP. Mike