Myles F. Connolly Jr.

July 10, 1947January 9, 2021

Myles F. Connolly, Jr., 73, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2021 at his home after suffering several years with pulmonary fibrosis. Myles was born July 10, 1947 in Hartford, son of his loving mother Justina “Tina” (Stefano) Connolly and the late Myles F. Connolly, Sr. He was the owner and operator of Myles Connolly's Custom Auto & Finishes for 15 years in Hartford. He then attended business school, becoming a Mortgage Consultant, working with American Financial Group, Diversified Mortgage and New England Alliance for over 20 years until his retirement in 2008. Myles had many passions, his favorite being a car enthusiast, where he would hand polish his cars until they shined perfectly. He was a member of several car clubs, the Fiat Club America-Northeast Chapter. He was an avid antique clock collector, taking them from being neglected and lovingly restoring them back to life. Before he took ill, he loved spending summers on his boat. He was a member of the RNC and would love to debate politics. Myles studied to play the piano and his Hammond organ. He was a devote Catholic and a parishioner of St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church, Hartford. Myles had a wonderful sense of humor, and would make family and friends laugh with his jokes. He had a great love of animals, especially his faithful Pekingese, Gizzy. In addition to his loving and devoted mother, Myles will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his loving fiancé and devoted caregiver of 23 years, soulmate and best friend, Joanne Maras; his beloved sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Peter Privitera; his daughter Camille Ruhm; grandson Michael O’Connor; as well as an uncle Michael Stefano; three aunts, Jean Damato, Mary Frances Plante, Nancy Abbate; cousins Donald Brunetti, Margaret Stefano, Paula and Vinnie DiBerardino; his best friend Doug Fournier and numerous additional cousins and friends. In addition to his father, Myles was sadly predeceased by his cherished niece Sarah Ann Marie Privitera. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1pm in St. Patrick & St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford. Attendees are asked to meet directly at the church, social distancing and masks are required. Services will be livestreamed via the church website. Entombment will follow the Mass in Mausoleum 1 in Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL, 60611. The D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield has been entrusted with Myles funeral arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


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Michael Stefano

January 11, 2021

Our Hearts go out to Auntie Tina, Maryanne, Joanne and the family. We will always remember bringing the kids to Myles place in Hartford to watch the fireworks from his porch and windows. Myles & Joanne always loved hosting those viewing parties with plenty of food and playing the organ for the kids.
It was an awesome site and a memory that we all shared with Myles.

Love Cousins, Michael, Lisa,
Alex, Gabby & Michael