In Memoriam: Dennis William Patrick Connolly 1918-2013

I got this comment this afternoon.

Hello ,

My name is Patrick Daunais.

I was a good friend of Dennis Connolly. He was in the Ste-Anne Veterans Hospital and sadly passed away April 24th, 2013.

He will be missed by all his family, friends .

He was a great man to know and it was an honnor to have been able to call him my friend.

Dennis William Patrick Connolly deserves all the respect and the admiration for he gave all for his country.

500 hours on a Spitfire… Participated in the Dieppe Raid… Back in Canada as a flight instructor to train pilots at Bagotville with 130 Squadron…

His recollections are here on this siteI found him in a book about 91 Squadron written by Peter Hall.

I paid him a visit in 2012.

 

I wanted to go back and see him once more. I would have like to show him the movie I made about him on You Tube.

Never had the chance.

Comment I received from his daughter…

Thank you so much for your tribute for Dennis Connolly.    I am Dennis’ youngest daughter; he had his 95th birthday on April 22 and he passed away on the morning of April 25.  He was an amazing fighter and only succumbed after enduring an operation after a fractured hip approximately a week before.  He leaves behind, Lilian, his wife of 71 years, 4 children (and one who passed on before him), 13 grandchildren, and 13 great grand children – a legacy to be sure.  We are all proud of our hero and will cherish our memories.  

A funeral mass will be held for Dennis in Hudson on Tuesday, April 30 (2:00 p.m.) at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson, Quebec to be followed by a reception for family and friends at the Royal Canadian Legion Hudson Branch.

Dennis William Patrick Connolly a humble man and a true hero.

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9 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Dennis William Patrick Connolly 1918-2013

  1. Thank you so much for your tribute for Dennis Connolly. I am Dennis’ youngest daughter; he had his 95th birthday on April 22 and he passed away on the morning of April 25. He was an amazing fighter and only succumbed after enduring an operation after a fractured hip approximately a week before. He leaves behind, Lilian, his wife of 71 years, 4 children (and one who passed on before him), 13 grandchildren, and 13 great grand children – a legacy to be sure. We are all proud of our hero and will cherish our memories. A funeral mass will be held for Dennis in Hudson on Tuesday, April 30 (2:00 p.m.) at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Hudson, Quebec to be followed by a reception for family and friends at the Royal Canadian Legion Hudson Branch.

  2. What a beautiful and movie post and video. Thank you for honoring this gentleman warrior.
    Pierre, did you visit Denis in 2012 or did Patrick? I wasn’t sure who was speaking in the bold section of the post. Since Patrick’s words were in Italics, I didn’t think it was him.

    • Patrick is a friend of Dennis.
      I visited Dennis back in 2012.
      I made the You Tube movie.
      True story.

      I did not want to go at first for a reason I can’t tell it here on this blog.
      There was someone there I did not want to meet face to face.
      Sometimes you miss a lot when you hold a grudge against someone who did something wrong.
      That story about a veteran who used me for his own little personal glory I can’t tell.

      • I understand what you mean about holding a grudge for a long time. I missed out on a lot of my best friends life because of one. Fortunately, I came to my senses and we eventually reconnected after more than ten years.

      • About Dennis Connolly. His son wrote me.
        I will have coffee together. When I visited Dennis in 2012, his son was in the room.
        We just saw each other for a few seconds.
        I have so much to tell him.
        I wish I could go to the funeral on Tuesday but I have to leave for Bagotville tomorrow. 7 hour-drive!

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