Robert A. “Bob” Connelly, 80, of Rochester, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Vibra Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in Boston and raised in Milton, he was the son of the late Thomas G. Connelly, M.D., and Alice (Molzon) Connelly. Bob is survived by his dedicated companion, Mary Keating of Rochester; his brothers, Thomas G. Connelly and his wife Barbara of Braintree and Peter J. Connelly and his wife Clare of Watertown; and his sister Susan (Connelly) Finn and Richard Fahey of Braintree.
He is also survived by a niece; Moya Connelly of Manhattan; a nephew, Peter Connelly and his wife Ann of Winchester and their two children Neive and Liam Connelly.
After graduation from Boston College, Bob entered the United States Navy and worked on Church Street in New York City in the 1960’s in the Navy’s fledgling computer operations.
Upon discharge, he founded Connelly Computer Services, and counted as his clients several Fortune 500 companies. His successful technology career spanned over thirty years after which he retired to Princeton, New Jersey and later settled in Rochester, Massachusetts in 1998.
Bob had many diverse passions. He enjoyed boating, and Cuttyhunk Island and Martha’s Vineyard were his favorite destinations. He collected antique Bentley automobiles and acquired an array of Chinese porcelain pieces over the years. He was a student of history and enjoyed foreign travel, especially to South America and the Middle East. He followed the stock market closely and stayed current on world events and politics. Whenever guests gathered to play Trivial Pursuit, everyone wanted Bob on their team.
The family wishes to thank all of his caregivers and friends for their thoughts and prayers during his recent illness. A private burial ceremony will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne.