Richard Connell

Obituary of Richard Connell

Watertown - Richard D. Connell, 87, formerly of Dewitt, NY died early Sunday morning, January 21, 2018 at the Samaritan Summit Village of Watertown.  He was born on August 12, 1930 in Syracuse, New York.  He was the son of the late Harold and Jessie Armstrong Connell.

Richard graduated from Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in 1955.  He enlisted in the Navy in December of 1950.  He served for four years as a US Navy Corpsman.  While serving, he met his future wife Betty Jean Whittle.  They were married on November 27, 1954 in Gardiner, ME, Betty’s hometown.  They were married for 62 years until her passing in 2016.


Richard was employed at Eastern Ambulance Service as a medic for most of his adult life.  He also worked part-time at the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office.  After retiring from Eastern, he worked for several years at Schuylkill Haven Casket Company.


Richard is survived by his two sons Peter B. Connell and his wife Barbara, Summerfield, Florida and Scott N. Connell and wife Janet, Watertown NY.  He also leaves four grandchildren Matthew Connell and wife Anna, Christopher Connell, Katie Dandrow and husband Christopher and Mary Connell and two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Ben.


A private entombment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Dewitt.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Memorials can be made to the Northern New York Community Foundation, Inc., 131 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.  Earmark your donation in memory of Richard D. Connell.  Donations will go to the Copenhagen Central School Educational Foundation.


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