“Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.
George D. Connolly passed away on April 18, 2023, at the age of 80. He spent his final days peacefully with his family and loved ones at his side. George was born to Rosalie and George Connolly, Sr. in New York, New York, on February 22, 1943. He had five siblings: Dennis, Kathleen, Connie, Christine and Bill. George (Pops) is survived by his loving and amazing wife, Peg Connolly, their children Cara (Bryan) and Greg, their Granddaughter Violeta, his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and a wide group of family and loved ones that have united over the years at the Connolly Home for birthdays, Thanksgivings, Christmases, Easters, and family reunions.
George was a man of gravity, a man of integrity, a man of deep faith and true convictions. For those around him, George always had a warm smile and a soft understanding. He was a contented man that found joy in the small things in life: dinners with the family, Sunday church and singing in the choir, golf, connecting with his friends in his Men’s Spirituality Group, and spending days with friends and family. A consummate handyman, George spent many weekend afternoons putzing around the house, fixing things and creating a warm and loving household.
George loved to sing – for any audience that would have him. If there was a spotlight, George had a song at the ready. He appeared in several musicals on Broadway and in Colorado’s community theater over the years including A Chorus Line as Bobby, Man of La Mancha, Carousel and 1776. George loved to play the guitar and spoke sign language fluently.
George was a man of letters, a scholar, a theologian, and an arm-chair philosopher. He was ordained from the Seminary in 1968 with a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Catholic University, and went on to be a priest, theologian and teacher. He taught theology and psychology at Our Lady of the Valley Parish. George also earned Master’s degrees from St. John’s University and Seton Hall University. He should have appeared on Jeopardy, because Pops knew just about everything there was to know about anything, and he is one of the few people to ever play scrabble in Ancient Latin and Greek.
In beginning the second chapter of his life, George went to work at Southern Bell in Florida in 1981. That year he was sent to Denver for Account Executive Training. As he wrote in his memoires: “A program that would change my life more than I could imagine.” It was at that training that George met Peg and they fell in love. They were married in Denver in 1982.
George had many jobs over his lifetime and was a regular volunteer for RCIA and through his Parish. He worked at AT&T, the Hinds Family Law Firm and finally as the Parish Administrator at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, but it was his humanity, his insightful nature, his kindness, his understanding and his compassion that defined George as a man.
George’s wake will be held at Horan & McConaty (1091 S Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80246) on April 24, 2023, from 4-7 pm.
A mass and funeral will be held on April 25 at 10am at Most Precious Blood Church: https://mpbdenver.org/ (3959 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210). A celebration of life will be held immediately after in the Most Precious Blood Parish Center. All are invited to join, share memories and connect in the spirit of Christ’s love.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Denver Hospice: https://thedenverhospice.org/ in gratitude for their loving care and compassion.
Family and friends are invited to share memories of George and condolences with his family by sharing on the adjoining Tribute wall. Thank you.