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Obituary of David Connolly


David M. Connolly, 73, of Virgil passed away on February 17, 2024 at the Hospicare Residence in Ithaca.


A life-long area resident, Dave was born August 11, 1950 the son of Michael and Alice (Maybury) Connolly. Dave attended Virgil and Cortland School and he earned a degree in Biology from SUNY Cortland, he retired after working many years from Monarch Machine Tool Company.

Dave loved the woods, he made numerous trails throughout his hilly wooded acreage to get to the trees he would cut for his home fire. He was happy to take friends and family for rides on these trails in his ATV, making sure to hit some of the steepest parts to give his passenger a thrill.

A benevolent and caring brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor, Dave will be sorely missed by many. Dave is predeceased by his parents, brother John and sister Sharon Bielec.

Dave is survived by his brother Glenn (Lillie) Connolly, sister Mary Connolly, nieces Caitlyn (Jason) Austin, Rebecca Santo and Brandi (Jamie) Romany. Nephews Michael (Brandi) Santo and Raymond Bielec III. Brother-in-law Raymond Bielec and great-nephew Rowan Santo and great-niece Iris Austin. Dave also leaves behind his beloved friend Linda Bunting.

A celebration of life will be held March 2, 2024 from 2pm to 4 pm at the Virgil Town Hall.

Central New York Cremation Services is assisting the family.

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