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“Dear Connolly family,I am sorry to learn of your loss. My deepest sympathy and condolences. You are all in my prayers. Regards,Susan Tetrault Walker ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Tetrault Walker - Ipswich, MA

“So sorry to hear the news. I have fond memories of Jay form Holy Cross. He was a very fine man. I know you miss him greatly. Our condolences. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Green Jr - School

“Jay and I both lived in the same dormitory Wheeler on the same floor Wheeler 1 and our rooms were next to each other at HC our freshman year. If it...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Martin - MA - Friend

“Hello Kathy and family. I am very sad to learn of Jay's passing. Jay and I lived on the same corridor at Holy Cross for four years. Jay was Lois'...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Schuster

“Dear Cathy and Family,We were so sorry to read of Jay's passing in the paper. May fond memories of your life with Jay help to sustain all of you...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: celia albert - York, ME - Friend

“Our deepest sympathies ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Santo and Janice Spina - Friend

“Jenn, Dan, Caroline , Sam , Charlie and the Connolly family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Gail Stewart - Wethersfield, CT

“So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. What a wonderful man that I looked up too in so many ways. ...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Brian McCarthy - Hudson, NH

“Deepest sympathy to Jay's family. Bob taught with Jay ;back in early 70s. Those were fun times. We were all young, newly married and had some...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Joan and Bob Regan - Lynn

“Very sorry to hear of Jay's passing as he was a great guy! I'll always remember when Jay was a teacher and he and Brad Simpson would escort Ricky...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Steven Bergholtz - Danvers, MA

“Kathy and family,. Tim O'Donnell called with the sad news. We are so sorry for your loss. Many, many happy memories of days at Holy Cross, weddings,...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: John Coach Crowley - Friend

“RIP my friend !! ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: tony Gonnella - Apex, NC


John "Jay" Connolly, Jr. of Newburyport, formerly of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Jay was born in Lynn on July 3, 1946 and was the son of the late John Connolly, Sr. and the late Charlotte (Dougherty) Connolly.

Jay was raised in Lynn and attended Saint John's Prep in Danvers. He went on to graduate from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and earned his law degree from Suffolk University. As a longtime resident of Wakefield, where he practiced law for many years, he served on the Town Finance Committee, the Wakefield Savings Bank Board of Directors, on the Executive Board of the Wakefield Citizen's Scholarship Foundation and as President of Bear Hill Golf Club.

Jay met his beloved wife, Catherine Ann, at a college mixer in New York City in March of 1966. From that moment on, they were bound together by love. They married in 1968 at St. Joseph's Church in Wakefield. Their life together was filled with love and laughter. Jay was always happiest when he had Cathy, his three daughters, sons in law and grandchildren surrounding him. He loved a good round of golf, skiing with the sun at his back and bringing smiles to others with his great sense of humor.

Jay is survived by his wife Catherine, daughters Jennifer and her husband Dan Logan of Wethersfield, CT, Caitlin and Dennis Hogan of Plymouth, MA and Meghan and Charlie Fredette of New Boston, NH. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Caroline, Sam and Charlie Logan, Molly Hogan and Weston Fredette. He is also survived by his sister, Pat and her husband, John Faino of Colorado Springs as well as many other extended family and friends.

A private family service will be held on Sunday, November 21. All family and friends of Jay are invited to celebrate his life at a reception following the service, to be held at Bear Hill Golf Club, in Stoneham, on Sunday, November 21 from 2-5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jay's name to the Wakefield Citizen's Scholarship Foundation or High Pointe House of Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill, MA.