OBITUARY

Walter Gregory Connell

February 5, 1946November 21, 2021
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It is with utmost sadness that we announce the passing of Walter (Lully) Connell, age 75, of Sydney, Nova Scotia, who died peacefully on Sunday, November 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Born February 5, 1946, Walter was predeceased by his parents, Clayton and Geraldine (Nash) and sister Maureen Collins. He is survived by his sons Greg (Jillian) of Sydney and Brent of Inuvik. He is also survived by the joys of his life, his two grandchildren, Parker Connell (Inuvik) and Amelia Connell (Sydney). In his younger years Walter had a passion for muscle cars, specifically corvettes. Later he developed a love of harness racing, for which he travelled around the Maritimes as both a fan and owner. In the summers, Walter could be found soaking up the sun at many of the beautiful beaches on the island, or at the field watching his sons play baseball. In the winter months, he was often found at hockey rinks throughout the province with his two boys. After StFX Junior College, Walter ventured off to Hamilton, Ontario, where got his start in the steel industry before returning to Cape Breton and working at Sydney Steel for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Not being able to sit still, Walter thoroughly enjoyed the last 16 years working as a valued member of the Ben Eoin Beach Campground family. Walter was not one to shy away from conversation and was a man of many stories and made friends wherever he went. He wished to express a special thanks to friends Tom and Darlene, Bill and Diane and Corinne for their love and continued support over the years. A very heartfelt thank you to the incredible doctors and staff of the QE2, specifically the 4.1 unit, who showed a great deal of compassion, empathy, and professionalism during such a difficult time with special recognition to Dr. Lee (Halifax) and Dr. MacKillop (Sydney). Visitation will be held at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney on Friday, Nov. 26 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 1pm at TW Curry Parkview Chapel with Fr. Bill Burke officiating. Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend the service & visitation. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed through TW Curry’s Facebook page. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.twcurry.com. Donations can be made to the charity of your choosing.

  • FAMILY

  • Greg (Jillian), Son
  • Brent, Son
  • Parker Connell, Grandchild
  • Amelia Connell, Grandchild
  • Clayton and Geraldine (Nash), Parents (deceased)
  • Maureen Collins, Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Chapel Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Walter Gregory Connell

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Harvey and Ann Louise Mac Leod

November 27, 2021

Greg and Brent We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always smiling,happy, ever ready to talk , and always interesting,and kind.He loved his family and was so proud of all of you. Lots of love Harvey and Ann Louise

Jonathan Simon

November 26, 2021

So sorry to hear the passing of Walter. Walter was a Neighbor of my Grandmother Margaret Morrison (Deceased) on Upper Prince Street in Sydney. He would visit my Grandmother and had been invited over one Christmas to my Great-Aunt's for our Christmas Dinner. He had lively conversations with my family and lot's of Humor was shared. He was well liked and loved his family dearly. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest easy Walter!

*The Simon Family

Daniel Slattery

November 26, 2021

Farewell and godspeed Walter. Cecilia and I always enjoyed your visits to Ottawa, so sad to realize those are now over. Thank you for providing so many wonderful memories.

Margie MacDonald

November 26, 2021

Greg and Brent...so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a nice man and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. I can only imagine the great memories you have by having him as your Dad. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Judy Mac Arthur

November 26, 2021

My sincere condolences to Walters Family. Walter was such a great guy and will certainly be missed next summer at Ben Eoin. He was always up for a chat or a funny story while doing his round’s. Roddie called him Lully from their days at Sydney Steel. I hope they are both driving their new golf carts together at their forever beach ❤️ REST IN PEACE my friend.

Lois Dewey

November 26, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Walter's passing. He was such an ambassador for his beloved Cape Breton Island, taking visitors around the Cabot Trail, seeing the sights and visiting his favourite restaurants. He was a kind and generous man.

Roddie Munroe

November 26, 2021

Greg and Brent; although I don't know you boys, I think it appropriate that I write a short memory. I have know Lully for close to 60 years. We were both part of the early car scene in Sydney when the thing to do was to "shoot the drag" "Charlotte St. " And end up at The Chip Wagon. Lully was always so friendly, personable and cheerful. I had a chance to have a great chat with him about a month ago outside of Sobeys. He told me about his health ordeal, weight he had lost and was now gaining back some weight. He was very upbeat and looking forward to the future with you guys and your Family. Sad to say but things did not work out as planned. He will be missed and was such a great guy. God Bless and may he Rest in Peace. Roddie

Kathleen Slattery

November 25, 2021

Greg and Brent, Ronnie and I send our love and sympathy to you on the loss of your Dad. He came into my life much later and made a lasting impression with everyone he met here in Ottawa. He made friends so easily with his “gift” of easy conversation. I had always dreamed of going around the Cabot Trail and Walter made that happen for me. He was the best tour guide! Our Mom’s roots are from the Maritimes and being with your Dad made us feel close to our Mom in a small way. He brought back the feeling of our family from “down east”. We are sorry that he is gone but he had a beautiful send-off with his two boys by his bedside listening to his stories. All our love. Kathleen & Ronnie XO

DALE LETERTE

November 25, 2021

I'm very sorry to see this, Walter and I new each other for a long time thru Cars,work and of coarse Walter and my Brother Paul Leterte were great friends,God Bless you and your Family.

Bill Fogarty

November 25, 2021

Greg and Brent and families. Very sad to hear of Walters passing. We shared a lot of time in the rinks and on the ball fields. What a great sense of humour he had and he made times at sports more enjoyable. We hadn't seen him much in the later years but when we did he still had that great way about him and you are right about the his conversation skills. He will be missed.

Marj and Bill Fogarty

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