SCARBOROUGH — Edward Connolly, 82, died Dec. 2 at Maine Medical Center, with his family by his side.
He was born in Portland on June 17, 1931, the son of Henry E. and Gladys L. Milberry Connolly. He attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School with the class of 1949. He went on to continue his education at the Gorham State Normal School.
He married Dorothy G. Butts at St. Patrick’s Church on Sept. 5, 1953.
Connolly worked at Bancroft and Martin for 25 years and then accepted a position at American Steel, from which he ultimately retired. He also worked as a realtor for over 30 years and served in that capacity for the Maine Real Estate Network until his death.
He was a longtime communicant of St. John the Evangelist, and later St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. He participated as a member of the Scarborough Lions Club for over 40 years, and served on the board of directors of Town & Country Credit Union for 45 years. He also drove for Meals on Wheels for several years. In his spare time, he was an avid golfer and also enjoyed bowling.
Connolly loved to play sports and always competed to win. Although he battled asthma, he became a cross-country state champion in high school. There were few sporting events on television that he wouldn’t watch. He also enjoyed traveling with his family, whether it was on an exotic cruise or a tour of Europe.
He worked countless hours to help people who were less fortunate, and served as a role model for others. Most of all, he loved his family, and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren compete in sports and perform in the arts.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Connolly, of Scarborough; two daughters, Jean Marie and husband Michael Walker, of Cornville, and Bernadette Louise and husband Gregory Jones, of Glenburn; son, Michael Edward Connolly and wife Melissa Ryan, of Westbrook; sister, Marguerite and husband Arnold Bernstein, of Scarborough; two brothers, Richard Connolly and fiancé Jean Lee, and Robert and wife Linda Connolly, of Portland; four grandchildren, Sean M. Walker, Jared P. Walker, of Portland, and Anne R. and Quinn M. Connolly, of Westbrook; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours were held Dec. 5 at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, with prayers recited at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Scarborough. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in Connolly’s memory to the South Portland Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 2892, South Portland, ME 04116, or to Project Grace, P.O. Box 6846, Scarborough, ME 04074.