Robert Joseph Connolly, 91, died at home Dec 9, 2022. Born in St. Paul to Joseph and Catherine Connolly on July 24, 1931, Robert was a lifelong St. Paulite and lived on the same street in Como Park for 82 years.

Robert attended Saint Andrew Grade School and Cretin High School (class of 1949). He attended the University of Minnesota for one year and then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was extremely proud of his four years overseas.

Upon his return, Robert earned a specialty degree in electronics and worked for Honeywell for 39 years. At Honeywell, he worked on the space shuttle program, and commercial and military avionics.

After retirement in 1995, he volunteered for years at Lyngblomsten nursing home and Holy Childhood Catholic Church, where his parents were charter members and he and his wife were members since 1961.

Robert also spent his retirement days attending many grandchildren’s events. He was an avid train enthusiast, traveler, reader and sports fan.

Robert was preceded in death by grandchild, Meghan. Robert is survived by his wife, Peggy; brother, Thomas; sons, Michael (Joan), Robert (Elizabeth), Kevin (Sharon) and Timothy; daughter, Mary Clemens (Bill); 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 17 at Holy Childhood, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to Our Lady of Peace at 2076 St. Anthony Ave., St Paul, MN, 55104.

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