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James A. Connelly
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Birth: Jul. 5, 1894
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1993
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA

Son of Irish immigrant Michael Connelly, president of Petroleum Iron Works. Well known business man of the Shenango Valley. Connelly Blvd., named in his honor. Member of Sacred Heart Church and beloved by family, friends and neighbors. Affectionately known by neighbor hood children as "Uncle Jim".

Retired industrialist James A. Connelly, who had street in Sharon and Hubbard Township named for him, died at 5:15 p.m., Sunday (4-18-93) in the hospital long-term care unit of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 98.

For many years, he had lived at 511 B Street, Sharon.

He was born July 5, 1894 in Sharon to Michael and Ellen Hickey Connelly.

He often reflected on the history of the community as he saw top industries rise and fall and the local economy suffer from the closing of top industrial plants.

Among those plants was the Petroleum Iron Works Co. in Hubbard Township, where he started an an office boy and by 1941 had worked his way up to president and chairman of the board.

When the US Steel Corp. acquired the company in 1943, Mr. Connelly became vice president and general manager and a director of U.S. Steel Products Co. He remained in that capacity until he retired in July 1959 with 48 years of service.

Before it disbanded, Petroleum Iron Works had plants in the Petroleum area of Hubbard Township, Cleveland and Beaumont and Port Arthur Texas.

During Mr. Connelly's tenure with the company, he traveled extensively. He lived for 14 years in New York City, five years in Texas, and more than a year in Oklahoma and Mexico. He often recalled how he had spent 2,500 nights on Pullman train cars in his business travels.

During World War II, Mr. Connelly was one of seven members of an advisory board for the Steel Container Industry.

The government asked the board to build a barrel plant in Iran. Mr Connelly as elected vice president and treasurer of the Overseas Steel Shipping Container Co. which built the plant.

In 1924, Mr. Connelly helped close major structural steel contracts for buildings for the parent company, including the erection of what was then the tallest building in Houston and the state capital in Baton Rouge, La.

Mr. Connelly won The Herald's oldest-former-carrier contest during the newspaper's 125th anniversary celebration in 1989 and was guest of honor at Herald Day at the 1989 Bavarian Fun Fest.

As a youngster, he delivered the Sharon Telegraph for thee years beginning in 1905 and had worked as a caddy on weekends at the Sharon Country Club.

In 1975, the city of Sharon honored him by naming the former Depot Street and part of the Shenango Valley Freeway, James A. Connelly Boulevard, Connelly Road in Petroleum and the Connelly Manor apartments in Sharon were also named in his honor.

Connelly attended St. Joseph and Sacred Heart parochial schools.

In 1963 he was knighted by Pope John XXIII as a Knight of St. Gregory the Great. The induction was conducted in St. Peter Cathedral, Erie.

Mr. Connelly had been a member of Sharon Country Club since 1922; New York Athletic Club since 1929; and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 946, Tulsa, Okla, since 1915. He also was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Sharon Council 684.

He was a director and treasurer of Catholic Social Services of the Shenango Valley; chairman of the Shenango Sanitary Authority; trustee of Church of the Sacred Heart; a member of the advisory board of the Shenango Campus of Pennsylvania State University, Sharon; and an honorary director of United Way of Mercer County.

He previously served on the Sharon Parking Authority and Mercer County Regional Planning Commission and was a director of the former First National Bank of Sharon.

Mr. Connelly was an amateur magician and entertained the governor of Colorado and Utah.

He traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe.

Surviving are: 14 nephews and nieces, including Dr. Michael Connelly, Sharon; and Mrs. Charles D. (Mary M.) Fagan, Hermitage.

He provided college funds to a number of his relative.

Memorial contributions may be made to John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, 16148.

James A., 96 of 511 B. Street, Sharon, Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday (4-21-93) in the Church of Sacred Heart Sharon, with Monsignor, Donald J. Scully, pastor; Monsignor Homer DeWalt, chaplain at John XXIII Home, Hermitage; and Monsignor Salvatore Mitchell, retired pastor, as con celebrants.
Burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Hermitage.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (4-20-93) in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home, Inc.. 1090 State St. Sharon. Rosary at 6:45 pm Tuesday by the Knight of Columbus, Sharon, chapter 684.

Family links: 
  Ellen May Hickey Connelly Hanrahan (1862 - 1939)
  Ellen C. Connelly Boyle (1892 - 1956)*
  James A. Connelly (1894 - 1993)
  Maurice Joseph Connelly (1896 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Cemetery
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Andrea Grega
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
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James A. Connelly
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James A. Connelly
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Always remembered by the residents of B St.
 Added: Apr. 12, 2012
Rest in Peace Uncle Jim
- Andrea Grega
 Added: Feb. 16, 2011

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