John P. McConnell
John P. McConnell, a longtime Rockaway resident, died May 6.
McConnell was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Rockaway 50 years ago from the neighborhood of Bay Ridge. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. McConnell was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bay Ridge and Rockaway posts. He graduated from St. John’s University and Law School, later retiring as an attorney for Schiavitti, Begos, Nicholson, Attanasio and McConnell law firm.
McConnell was preceded in death by his son, John.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa (nee Murphy); children, Patrick (Olena), Chris, Terence, Kevin (Virginia), Moira Tolan (Frank), Bernadette O’Connell (Kevin) and Margaret McCormick (Michael); 29 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Rockaway Beach. A funeral mass took place at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York.