Patrick Thomas Connelly


Patrick Thomas Connelly, 67, passed away unexpectedly, at his home on December 14th, of a heart attack. He was a 1971 graduate of Shenendehowa High School and a proud alumnus. Often Pat would attend reunions and stay in touch with classmates and former teachers over the years. Pat then graduated from LeMoyne College in 1975. He studied industrial relations and organizational development while remaining active as a Division II men’s soccer player. Post-graduation, Pat worked for Sony Corporation and relocated to San Diego, California.

He worked for many years in the Human Resources sector, administering and educating clients about The Birkman Method. Pat earned the title of an advanced practitioner of The Birkman Method, which became his passion project. While living out west, he became an avid beach volleyball player which he enjoyed. He managed to remain a fan even upon returning to the east coast. In the early ’90s, he reconnected with old friends and neighbors in his hometown of Rexford. He has lived locally ever since and was instrumental in establishing Garnsey Park in Rexford.

Pat is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Nina Connelly, and is survived by his siblings, Brian Connelly (Lise Adams), Rev. Carol Connelly, Susan Primavera (Mark), four nephews, one niece, and many cousins.

Due to the precautions of COVID 19, services will be private, immediate family only, officiated by his sister, Rev. Carol Connelly, at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Glenville, NY.

Guest Book

Karen McCabe

It was sad news to hear of Pat’s passing; I hope he had a good life. Pat and I went to high school together and shared some of the same friends even though we were a year apart. Then, by chance, I met Pat on a city bus when we both lived in San Diego. He worked for Sony and I was going to graduate school. That encounter reunited our friendship and I stayed in touch with Pat for many years, even when he moved back to upstate New York. I remember meeting Pat at the Saratoga Race Track many times, especially when he lived across from the track. I loved the picture with his obituary; that is exactly how I remember Pat.

Curtis Skoda

Pat was a good friend of mine and I will miss him.
He was a loving caring person and showed interest in others .
He was quite a music collector and I appreciated him sharing some of the special music with me .
I will miss you Pat.

Missy Cady

I was saddened to hear of Patrick’s passing. My thoughts are with his family.

Tina Massa

Pat was a big part of my life, since childhood. We grew up together on Wing Road, part of the neighborhood gang, enjoying the simple life of the 50's and 60's. We played every sport imaginable, rode our bikes until our little legs couldn't pedal any more, built our precious fort "the hut", played flashlight tag, and roamed the woods and meadows that have now become Garnsey Park. I have fond memories of him, me, and my mom sitting at the kitchen table, reminiscing about the past. Reflecting upon each house and it's original inhabitants brought us special and warm memories. Seeing the beautiful wildlife in our yards brought him joy each day, as did sitting in the sun listening to his music.
Running his local errands and seeing friends along the way always brought a smile to Pat's face. I'll always remember his hearty wave as he drove by, and our talks across the kitchen table. I'll miss you dear friend.

Jim Gears

I also met Pat at LeMoyne and we were roommates senior year. I never lost touch with Pat. I visited him in the late 1970’s in St. Louis, in San Diego in the ‘80’s and when he moved back to NY. Pat hosted my son Ryan and I when we saw The Rolling Stones in Albany. He impressed Ryan immensely with his knowledge of Rock ‘n Roll. Ryan observed that my album collection was modeled after Pat’s (which it was!).
I loved his humor, his observations on current events and the memories of LeMoyne...
Jim Gears

A friend

Pat was a big part of my life, since childhood. We grew up together on Wing Road, part of the neighborhood gang, enjoying the simple life of the 50's and 60's. We played every sport imaginable, rode our bikes until our little legs couldn't pedal any more, built our precious fort "the hut", played flashlight tag, and roamed the woods and meadows that have now become Garnsey Park. I have fond memories of him, me, and my mom sitting at the kitchen table, reminiscing about the past. Reflecting upon each house and it's original inhabitants brought us special and warm memories. Seeing the beautiful wildlife in our yards brought him joy each day, as did sitting in the sun listening to his music. Running his local errands and seeing friends along the way always brought a smile to Pat's face. I'll always remember his hearty wave as he drove by, and our talks across the kitchen table. I'll miss you dear friend.

Michael Keefrider

One of the most common themes with Pat was how much he cared about others. He made time for others, he would spontaneously call with his cheery voice and never asked for anything. He was a giver who always made people feel they were important. Pat would do anything to help others. If you were a Dolphin (went to LeMoyne College) that was a leg up or at least he made us feel that it mattered a lot. We can all learn a lot from the way Pat loved his life and tested his friends. He knew how to be a true friend. I am grateful to Pat for his guidance with The Birkman but most of all for being a role model to us all.

Gary Domenico

Pat and I were roommates at LeMoyne College for three years. He loved being a part of that life and had many friends. We had such good times and created so many memories together. Sixty-seven is way too young to leave this world.

Cheri White

So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. He was such a kind and thoughtful man, checking in with cheerful phone calls and always keeping an eye out for his neighbors on Wing Rd. Rest peacefully and I will think of you when I hear strains of Jimmy Buffett.

Daniel Barrett

Very sorry to hear about the loss of Pat. I, and others, all met at LeMoyne. We lived in Dablon Hall and had a great group of life long friends.. we were than suite mates at Foery Hall. we also played soccer together. Pat was a concerned and loyal friend. He also showed us all how to enjoy life and have a good time..We would catch up at reunions.. I know he loved LeMoyne and his friends. God Bless you Pat and I hope to see you again some day.

Carol Connelly

My brother taught me to play tennis, loved to laugh especially watching "Seinfeld," he was an expert collector of memorabilia (baseball cards and the likes), chided me to "take the Birkman" (I never did), and deeply loved our clan on Wing Road. I will carry Pat in my heart...forever!

John Losier

I was so sorry to hear about Pat's passing. Pat and I were roommates, soccer mates and good friends at LeMoyne. Pat was a lover of life and always lived for the moment. He will be missed!

Gary Mincher

So sorry for your loss Brian and Carol and others. Pat and I were close friends in high school, but then lost touch for a while after we both went off to college. We reunited while he was living in Rochester, NY for a while before he moved to San Diego. Pat was one of a group of skiers who talked me into trying skiing in 10th grade and I remain an avid skier to this day. He was one of the first ones I thought of when thinking of people I was hoping to see at our 50th reunion next fall.

Rest In Peace “Yuke”...