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Daniel S. Connolly, 81

Shrewsbury - Daniel S. Connolly, 81, a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 in Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an illness.

He leaves his devoted wife of 59 years, Barbara (Mawdsley) Connolly; his children, Gerald Connolly, Susan Bogart, Bruce Connolly, Denise Rotti and Bernard Connolly; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Born in Worcester, the son of Walter and Cora (Rondeau) Connolly Sr., he graduated from St. John's High School in Worcester and later proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1947, he and his then fiancée, "Babs," built their home in Shrewsbury, where Mrs. Connolly still resides today.

Mr. Connolly was a designer and builder of many custom homes for over 50 years. Some of his work included extensive remodeling of the home of his close friend, Spag Borgatti. In 1984, he designed and built, together with many benefactors and donations, a new Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in Worcester. He never officially retired and didn't stop "swinging his hammer" until he was forced to stop working due to health issues.

In his younger years, he enjoyed deep sea fishing, water skiing competitions, scuba diving and serving many years as the captain for the head referee boat for the Eastern Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond. For many of his later years, he enjoyed traveling to northern Maine and exploring the deep woods and wildlife. An avid photographer, he photographed moose and other wildlife up close in their natural habitat.

Mr. Connolly was a member of Saint Anne's Parish in Shrewsbury and a member of the Adelphi Council # 4181, Knights of Columbus. He also was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus member of the Bishop O'Reilly Assembly. In addition, he found time to be a Mason and Shriner, and was a member of the Guiding Lights Lodge A.F. & A.M., the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, the Aleppo Shriners of Wilmington, the Fitchburg- Leominster Shrine Club and a 60-year member of the American Legion Post 397.

A funeral mass was celebrated May 21 from Saint Anne's Church with burial at Mountain View Cemetery. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home directed arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central N.E. Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 54617, Waltham, MA 02454.

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