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“Dearest Claire,You and Pete have modeled love and devotion to many in the next generations. The exemplary kindness and service you both have shared...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Claire. So sorry to hear of peters passing. He was a wonderful man. We will all miss him at the patio. God bless. dotty Holland ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Dotty Holland - Hampton bch, NH

“Our sincere sympathy to Claire and family. You're in our thoughts and prayers. We'll always remember Peter's visits to the "Patio" before cruising to...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: JIm and Carol Elliott - SALEM, NH

“We met Claire and Pete at Hampton Beach, and have enjoyed visiting with them over the past few years. We will miss Pete's presence greatly, and want...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: George and Marie Asselin - NH

“In ways little and large, Pete acted on his love for Claire, his children and his grandchildren. I was blessed working with, and learning from,...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Steve Hinds - Needham, MA

“Dear Kathy. Francisco & I are so sorry for your loss. We wish you much peace and love at this time. Sue ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Susan English - Wellesley, MA

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Peter, my mother and father always spoke of the both of you fondly. Peter will be greatly missed by all who knew...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Maureen McDonald - Milford, MA

“Claire and family: So sorry for your loss of a kind and humble gentleman. We will miss him at church and church functions, as I know you will every...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: carole portentoso - waltham, MA

“Pete was a man among men, a veteran of WWII, the greatest generation. Pete was a gentleman in every sense of the word. His love for his dear Claire...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Claire - What a wonderful man - warm, funny, loving, generous. Sending you and your family so much love. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Jane Siewers

“Dear Kathleen and family,I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet and loving father. I know he is now resting in peace and that them...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Phaedra Cress - Wayne, NJ

“Sorry to hear of your loss, Claire. . My condolences to you, your children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Marie Connolly - East Falmouth, MA

“One of the dearest human beings to depart this life. We will miss his kind, generous ways, his delightful sense of humor, and the example of love...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Georgiana Johnson - Arlington, MA

“Dear Claire and family,This is such sad news. I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember Pete's quick wit and smile. I always enjoyed our...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sharon Palmer - Hudson, MA

“Loving. Kind. Smart. Witty. Tough. I feel blessed to have known him. Sending love and prayers to Claire and the Connolly family. - Mike Scafati ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Mike Scafati - Norwood, MA

“Pete was an exceptional man who will be missed by many. My thoughts, prayers and love go out to Claire and their family. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy McNamara - Walpole, MA


Waltham – Mr. Irving "Pete" Connolly, of Waltham, died Saturday, July 27, 2019 at his summer home in Hampton, New Hampshire following a period of declining health. He was 88.

Pete was born in Waltham, a son of the late Peter J. and Alice M. (Pouliot) Connolly, and had been a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Waltham High School and after that served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a baseball standout in high school and on his Air Force teams.

When he got out of the service he earned his bachelor's degree at Boston University before he joined his father as a painting contractor. Pete grew the business into a successful enterprise where many customers became lifelong friends. His quiet professional demeanor and extraordinary skill earned widespread respect and admiration.

Pete and his wife Claire were expert dancers and longtime members of Marge Gallagher's Waltham Ballroom Dance Club and Saint Joseph's Couples Club. He also belonged to the Joseph F. Hill American Legion Post No. 156 in Waltham and the Disabled American Veterans, Division 14 in Waltham.

He leaves his beloved wife of sixty years, Claire M. (Kennedy) Connolly; his children, Peter J. Connolly of Carlisle and Kathleen M. McClemmy of San Juan Capistrano, California and his grandchildren, Sean T. and Patrick P. McClemmy and Paul J. Connolly.

Family and friends will honor and remember Pete's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, July 31st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, North Andover.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, 920 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to the Steve Hinds Veterans Scholarship Program, c/o Meadowbrook School of Weston, 10 Farm Road, Weston, MA 02493.

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