Charles A Connell

 1926  -  2014

 Charles Anthony Connell passed away peacefully on March 4, 2014 at the age of 87 after a prolonged battle with congestive heart failure. Charles grew up in Rutland, Vermont during the Great Depression in an Irish Catholic family of seven. As a child, he was known throughout the state as the "Boy Soprano of Vermont" and he sang on the radio and at many public events.  After serving in the Army during the Second World War Charles attended Sienna College in upstate New York where he graduated as Salutatorian with a degree in secondary education.  Upon graduation he moved to Long Island to teach History and English at Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, New York.  In 1954 he met and married Patricia Tenca, a fellow teacher, after a whirlwind romance that started with a blind date that their colleagues set up. After a decade of teaching, Charles became a school guidance counselor in 1958, and went on to serve as Principal at Walt Whitman High School and Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of South Huntington School District. Charlie and Pat settled in Northport, NY and raised six children.  After retiring from a wonderful career in education, Charlie and Pat moved to Wilmington, NC.  Pat and Charlie were married for fifty- seven years until Patricia's death in February 2011. Charles taught his children and grandchildren to love music, nature, art, history, and literature, and rooted his family in a strong Catholic faith.  He and Pat both loved the ocean and spent much of their time on beautiful Wrightsville Beach.  Charles will be remembered for his wit and humor, storytelling and good counsel.  We will miss singing, laughing, history lessons and collecting shells on the beach, among many other wonderful memories.  Charles is survived by his loving sister, Elizabeth Jarvis (Leonard), his six children Kathleen Mylott (Raymond), Daniel Connell (Abigail), Elizabeth Sparling (Jeff), RET. Colonel Michael Connell (Sun-Hui), Sheila Connell-Eberhardt, and Carolyn Connell, eighteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is beloved by his former students and faculty as well as countless friends.  

Services will be held at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland, Vermont.

Burial immediately following funeral at Calvary Cemetery

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