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Stephen A. Connearney

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“I grew up in Waltham. I, also graduated from St.Mary's "65" Steve and I bowled together in the St. Mary' s bowling league for years. I just learned...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Charlie Regan - Marlborough, MA

“Ginger,Am so sorry to read this news. Only wish had read it in time to tell you personally and express the sympathy and condolences you and Erin...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Donna Fairbanks - Coworker

“Ginger and Erin, Thinking of you at this most difficult time. I so enjoyed Steve'sdirect questions and opinions. His love for you and the City were...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Jeannette McCarthy - Waltham, MA

“Dear Ginger~ Please accept my sincerest sympathy as I just heard of Steve's passing. When we met at Jess's bridal shower, I vividly remember you...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Alicia Cross - Contoocook, NH

“I am so sorry to hear about Stephen's passing. My heart breaks for you, Ginger, and all of your family. What a beautiful tribute to such a truly...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Kelly Cronin - Watertown, MA

“Very saddened for the loss of a good friend and neighbor. Steve was thehardest working man I knew. We will truly miss Steve and he will be in...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: JOSEPH FRATTO - Waltham, MA

“It would thrill my mother and I if people would share their stories of my father so that we have them always. Thank you all for the love and support. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: ERIN CONNEARNEY - WATERTOWN, MA

“Dear Ginger & Erin,From childhood playmate, neighbor & friend to the plumber reaming out the pipes in our old house in Waltham, Steven always brought...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jeanette Curnyn - Waltham, MA

“Please know we mourn Stephen's passing with you. So many memories. You are in our thoughts. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ken & Sonya Teele - Seattle, WA

“Ginger,My heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time. Steve was a wonderful and kind person and I...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Marie Hayes Marquis - Bow, NH

“Dear Ginger and Erin,We send you our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and dad. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Margret Juliano - Bluffton, SC

“Margret ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Juliano - Bluffton, SC - Friend

“Dear Ginger & Erin, even though it's been many years since we worked at Rust Craft Greeting Cards, I want to say how sorry I am to hear of your...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Walsh - Plymouth, MA - Friend

“Dear Ginger and Erin,Sending you our thoughts, prayers and condolences during this difficult time. We are grateful to have seen Steve recently,...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Gary Savignano - Waltham, MA

“Ginger and Erin, my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Debi Guelli - Rockport, MA

“Ginger and Erin I know how tough the last 3+ years have been. You were beside Steve the whole way cheering him on. God bless you. I will pray for you...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jean Fox Rivera - Waltham

“Ginger and Erin, the two of you are very special people and all my thoughts and prayers are going out to both of you. Being a friend to Steve for...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Anne Reagan - Waltham, MA

“Prayers and love to all the Connearney family. Stevie will be missed. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Kate and Tim Haney - Foxborough, MA


Waltham – Thomas Edison once observed that "opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Steve Connearney never missed an opportunity to work hard, have fun and take care of his family. His wife Ginger said that her husband was the hardest working man she'd ever met. Fiercely loyal to his family, his friends and his customers Steve was the trusted friend who was also your plumber.

The long hours he put in were rewarded by a lifetime of knowing that he made a difference. Dressed in his overalls Steve made sure his work got done completely, neatly and by the book. Honesty was his constant companion as were his stories and the occasional Winston cigarette dangling from his lips. And for a man not particularly big he possessed the strength of Atlas.

Mr. Stephen A. Connearney, of Waltham, died peacefully at home on Monday, June 25, 2018 following a ferocious three-year battle with cancer. He was 67.

When he was diagnosed just over three years ago the prospects looked grim. Steve met the news stoically and with dignity but fought the disease with the subtly of a sledgehammer. He enjoyed three pretty good years because of the terrific care he got from the doctors, nurses and care team at Saint Elizabeth's and Dana Farber but mostly because of the care his wife Ginger, and daughter, Erin, provided. They were after all just returning the love, care, commitment and devotion he'd shown to them when they needed it most.

Not a day went by when Steve didn't know that he was loved and wanted and needed. That gave him the drive to push on. Plus, it was in his DNA.

After his illness forced his retirement he found great peace, light, joy and refreshment doing simple things like fishing on the South River in Marshfield, mowing his lawn and tending to his garden at home. Cooking for his family and friends . . . whether it was a gourmet breakfast in Marshfield or a pick up dinner on football Sundays . . . delighted him.

Steve was a lifelong resident of Waltham and was a son of the late John A. and Rita E. (Delorey) Connearney. He graduated from Saint Mary's High School in 1969. After that he studied engineering at Georgia Tech before returning home to finish at Bentley College. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve.

He became a master plumber and worked for years with his father and with his brother and business partner, Kevin. In his early years Steve was a member of Saint Mary's Holy Name Society in Waltham where he developed a lifelong passion for bowling. He spent many happy nights in leagues with his buddies at the Wal-Lex in Waltham and later at Lanes & Games in Cambridge.

The best part of his life began on October 5, 1973 when he married Virginia "Ginger" Martin at Saint Luke's Church in Belmont and for her part she would tell you that Steve was the "love of her life." They made a great pair.

In addition to his wife of forty-four years, Ginger, he leaves his daughter who he loved more than life itself, Erin A. Connearney of Watertown; his sisters and brother, Patricia A. Deveaux (Donald) of Waltham, M. Sandra Millerick (John) of Ipswich and Kevin M. Connearney (Dale) of Marshfield; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ann McSweeney (late John) of Scituate, Michael Martin (Ann) of San Francisco, California, Dolores Green (Jack) of Duxbury, Jay Martin (Deborah) of Ashland, Brian Martin (Jean) of Hudson, Patrice McDonald (Ed) of Waltham and Beth Pierce (Jim) of Waltham; many dear friends including Merrill Griff and Carol Wilcox, the Garland family, the Grady family and the Rots family and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will honor and remember Steve's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, June 29th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday 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 private.

Memorial donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or at www.jimmyfund.org