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Patrick J. Connelly

“The longer I am around here, I know that being a Veteran is the best thing I ever did.”

–          Patrick J. Connelly

On Monday, January 29th, 2024, Patrick J Connelly passed on and joined his parents and sisters—Eileen and Kathleen, in heaven. Born June 8th, 1966, to Aaron and Joan Connelly in Ridgecrest, CA, Patrick was the only son in his family of seven. After graduating from Burroughs High School in 1985, Patrick enlisted in the Air Force to follow in the footsteps of his father.

Patrick Connelly

Patrick served his country for 22 years and earned a multitude of awards—including the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. Throughout his service, Patrick circled the world three times over, gaining an abundance of knowledge along the way. Everyone who knew him can speak to the impressive capacity of his mind. Names, dates, and stories, both historical and personal, were all just a breath away for Patrick.

He retired in 2007 and moved to Vallejo, CA, where he shared a home with his sister Eileen. He worked at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA, for the next ten years. From then on, Patrick spent his days delving into the things he loved. From classic cars to historical research and traveling when he could—Patrick found intrigue in everything. He was proud of his friends. He was proud of his country and his service to it. He was proud of his car collection and his football team (Go Niners!) … and most of all, he was proud of his family.

Patrick Connelly is survived by his sisters, Jan Moline (Daryl), Noreen Haws, and Connie Sweet, along with their children: Briana (Leland), Travis, Daryl Jr, Nathan (Emily), David, Jennifer (Daniel), Arynn (Kris), Michael (Beth), Chelsea (Marcus), Tyler and Analeah. 

Family and friends are welcome to attend services for Patrick later this month. The service details are as follows:

·         Friday, February 23rd, 2024, a Rosary and Visitation will be held at Holland & Lyons Mortuary from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

·         Saturday, February 24th, 2024, A funeral mass will be held at St. Ann Church from 10:00 am to 11:15 am, with a procession to Desert Memorial Park from 11:15 am to 11:30 am. 

The    Interment Ceremony will be 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

A Reception will follow at the V.F.W. from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for those who wish to stay.

 We love you, Patrick.

Thank you for your service.