Eugene F Connolly
Married Sally Ann Freedman
Gene Connolly entered the Marist Juniorate in Esopus in September 1942 as a high school junior, having completed his first two years of secondary school at Catholic Central High School, Lawrence MA. He then completed his Novitiate training and college training in Poughkeepsie, graduating from Marist (then Marian) College with the second graduating class in August 1948.
He taught first at Catholic Central High School, Wheeling West Virginia. During his time there he wrote the monthly chronicles for the school published in the Bulletin of Studies. They were created with verve and imagination which led the Brothers around the country to immediately leaf to that section each month. He taught in several other schools, and we taught at Marist College together in the summers of 1955 and 1956. — Richard Foy
The following obituaries were published in local papers
and were forwarded to MaristsAll by Sally Connolly. Many thanks,
Dr. Eugene F. Connolly, of Danvers, husband of Sally Ann (Freedman) Connolly, died peacefully March 3, 2005, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Eugene A. and Catherine (Menut) Connolly.
He received his primary education in the Lawrence schools, attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from the Marist Brothers Scholasticate in New York. He earned his bachelor's degree from Marist College, where he was valedictorian of the first graduating class. He received his master's degree in English from St. John's University in New York and a doctorate in higher education from Boston College.
Dr. Connolly began his teaching career with the Marist Brothers, after which he served as supervisor of management training and public relations at Western Electric Co. in North Andover.
Returning to his true passion, he taught for 37 years as a
professor of English and communications at Northern Essex Community
Haverhill. He also served as department chair at the college and as an
professor at several local colleges. A published author and guest speaker,
Connolly was Northern Essex Community College's first recipient of the
prestigious Commonwealth of Massachusetts Citation for Outstanding
A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years; his three daughters, Kathleen M. Connolly of Pembroke, Jennifer J. Jones and her husband, Andrew, of Peabody, and Kelly Ann Colby and her husband, David, of Newburyport; one son, Sean M. Connolly, Esq., of Marblehead; four granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Olivia Colby and Sommerlyn and Jacquelyn Jones; one sister, Margaret Connolly of Lincoln; one brother, Father William J. Connolly S.J. of Chestnut Hill; and a niece and a nephew.
His funeral was held March 8 from the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home of Danvers, followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Danvers.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Eugene J. Connolly/NECC
College Scholarship Fund, c/o Danvers Bank, 1 Conant St., Danvers, MA