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I'm going to post the obituary of my grandfather's brother, simply because he was a pretty amazing guy.  I'm proud to be a relative of his.

Edward J. Connelly, a resident of Milford since 1975, died on Thursday afternoon in the care of his family. He was 95 years old.

Born on January 23, 1912 in W. Lafayette, Indiana, he was the youngest son of Timothy J. and Alice (Sweeney) Connelly. Raised in Chicago and schooled by Jesuits, after graduation from St. Ignatius High School, he went to Loyola University on a basketball scholarship, where he also played football and ran track. After graduation he went to work as a purchasing agent with Swift and Company in Milwaukee, Chicago and finally in Kansas City where he went on a blind date with Mary Mc Callum. Miss Mc Callum was moving to Bemidji, MN where she was going to teach riding at an equestrian center. But after one date, Ed Connelly was smitten and the couple was married in Kansas City on September 24, 1938. They took a four day trip to the Ozarks for their honeymoon, then returned to their third floor apartment and began their life together. After the outbreak of World War II, though he had a wife and young children at home, Ed Connelly joined the Navy, for which he was fired from his job at Swift’s, and served as an Intelligence Officer with Admiral Chester Nimitz’s staff in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor and after the war attended graduate school at Harvard University before going to work for H.K. Ferguson Company. In 1955 he was transferred to San Francisco and in 1960 began his long career as a purchaser, and eventually a vice-president with the Edw. C. Levy Company. He served as president of the Purchasing Management Association of Detroit in 1971 and on the Board of Governors of the Michigan Trucking Association in more recent years. He taught purchasing courses at Wayne State University and conducted seminars throughout the Midwest. He never really retired from the Edward C. Levy Company, serving as Special Assistant to the President and continuing to do public relations work for the firm into a new century.

Always an athlete and avid sportsman, he loved following the local teams and was rooting for the Detroit Tigers until a week before his death. He and his wife bred Arabian horses in Milford and showed a Morgan Park horse which was among the top ten in the country. A devout Catholic he was a long time member of St. Mary’s Church and formerly a member of St. Owen Church in Franklin.

Faith and family were central to Ed Connelly’s life. In addition to his wife of sixty-nine years, Mary, he is survived by his son Thomas (Barbara) Connelly of Milford, his daughter Mary Cecilia (the late David) de Tar; granddaughters, Catherine Mary (Morrison) Warren, Jennifer Mary Connelly, Norah (Jimmy) Warren and a grandson, Matthew James Martone. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren: Francis, Fiona, Conor, Sarah and John, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends who join with his family in mourning the death of a good man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Funeral Mass will be said at St. Mary’s Church, 1855 E. Commerce, Milford, Monday at Ten O’Clock. Fr. Ronald Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in Milford Memorial Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Saturday from 7-9PM and Sunday from 2-9PM. A Rosary will be recited at 2:30 PM. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

If any of my Michigan readers has a copy of this obit, could you send me a copy?  Thanks.
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