Cohoes - Charles J. Connell (affectionately known by those who knew him as Chas, Charlie, Chuck and Fishing Papa), 69, of Island View Drive died suddenly Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Born in Troy, Charles was the beloved son of the late Martin Connell Sr. and Helen "Red" Hiorns Connell, and the husband of Sally Howe. He attended Catholic Central High School and was a graduate of Troy High School where he was a standout athlete, earning All-City honors in hockey, football and baseball. Charles attended Bowling Green University in Ohio where he continued to play hockey before serving in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and earned several medals, including the Vietnam Service Medal and Ribbon with Bronze Star and Silver Star. Following his return home from service, Charles was a master carpenter for many years.
Charles was a sports enthusiast, and especially enjoyed watching hockey and the New York Yankees. He also was an avid fisherman and took pleasure in spending time by the water.
A loyal family member and friend, Charles was always willing to lend a helping hand, and was loved by everyone who knew him.
Charles was the loving father of Courtney (Marc) Antonucci, Loudonville, and grandfather of Clara. Other survivors include his siblings, Harrison Connell, Martin (Sharon) Connell Jr., Paul Connell, Christine (Michael) Sheehan, and Anne (Joe Smart) Sheehan; several nieces, nephews, cousins and their children; and his former wife, Patricia Connell. He was predeceased by brothers, Robert and Gerard Connell.
Relatives and friends may call at Bryce Funeral Home, Inc., 276 Pawling Avenue in Troy on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 475 Pawling Avenue in Troy, with Rev. John Yanas, Pastor, officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Charles Connell to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256