James "Jimmy" Connell was born in Cody's, Queen's County on May 4, 1936.
James graduated from Cambridge Narrows High School as well as from the University of New Brunswick. He taught French and Gym at Hampton High School in 1968 and 1969. He also taught at Chipman High School and then went on to teach French in Richmond, Quebec for about a decade. After leaving teaching, he worked in security for Irving.
Jimmy bought and sold collectibles of all kinds and descriptions and frequented auctions, garage sales and yard sales. He traveled across the country and throughout the United States.
Jimmy was a thoughtful friend and a wonderful neighbour, picking and giving his friends and neighbours violets, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries and raspberries. He loved to hunt and fish and could recognize any bird in the woods. He was very well read and enjoyed a good discussion.
Jimmy will be lovingly remembered by his two nieces: Catherine Perry Meen and Nancy Jane Meen; his brother-in-law John Meen; his aunt and uncle, Norma and Arthur Jones; his cousins: Catherine Black Bradshaw. Terry, Donna, Judy and Eugene, Harold and Joan, Catherine and Ronald, Sylvia and Bill, Rosalie and Jack and Bobby. Jimmy is also survived also by a host of Perry and Connell cousins, notably Allan Connell, whom he considered as his nephew, as well as by good friends and neighbours, near and far. The community as a whole is diminished by his loss.
Jimmy died suddenly in the house where he was born on May 17, 2013. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Vernon and Thora Connell; his sister Joan Connell Meen as well as his cousins Ronald and Ann.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnyside Drive, Sussex, (506-433-1176).
A private graveside service will be held at Coles Island Cemetery, Coles Island, NB
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Coles Island Lions Hall on Friday May 24th at 2:00pm
Donations made to the Cody's WI or the Coles Island Cemetery or the Coles Island Lions Hall would be appreciated by the family.