Paul Michael Connelly

Paul Michaell Connelly - Rochester Cremation

Rochester, NY – June 9, 2023 at age 44.  Paul is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Paul and Margery Baker and his paternal grandparents Frances and Caryl Connelly.  He is survived by his wife Sarah (Brewster), mother Becky (Empey), father Michael “Sammy” Connelly (Christine), brother Scott Connelly (Kristin), sister Katrina “Kate” Connelly (Kevin), half-brother Kevin Connelly, half-sister Abby Connelly, his two nieces who he adored Vivian and August, and his beloved Shih Tzu Snickers.

Paul was a graduate of Holley High School’s Class of 1997 as well as an Economics major graduating in 2001 from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Paul earned his Masters in Medical Management from Simon in 2020 and has worked for the University of Rochester as an internal auditor in various departments.  Paul excelled in every sport he played, but was an especially talented soccer player in high school and college.  He was selected as a Genesee Region Allstar in soccer for consecutive years in high school.

Paul was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and the NY Yankees and kept up on all sports in general.  Paul was a music-lover and was an active member of the Phish community, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.  Paul had a great love for his family and cherished the friends he made throughout his life.

Friends may call on Friday, June 16th from 3-6 pm at Rochester Cremation, 1118 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pirate Toy Fund or The WaterWheel Foundation.

15 Condolences

  1. Jill DelVecchio on June 12, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Paul to his family, friends and the community. While only knowing him for a short time and in a professional capacity, he was one of the most personable and sincere people I have met. He fit in immediately with our “work family ” and was truly a joy to work with. He will be greatly missed by us all.

  2. Leslie Piedmonte on June 12, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    The Piedmonte family is heartbroken for you all! Paul was a beautiful person inside and out! Prayers going up for your family!

  3. Pete Selden on June 12, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Paul was a great friend and I have many fond memories of our friendship, especially when we were young! Sports, birthday parties, sleepovers, and just hanging out at each other’s house just to name a few. Paul left a lasting impression on all of us that got to grow up with him. Prayers to the family and everyone that is hurting by his loss.

  4. Maryann LeStorti Smith on June 12, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    To the whole Connelly family my heartfelt sympathy and love. I had the honor and joy of knowing Paul from a small child , teenager and great young man . Many memories flood my mind and heart and I am so very sorry for your loss . He will live on in all our hearts and I pray for strength for you and all his loved ones.

    • Jeremy Rowley on June 12, 2023 at 7:51 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was one of a kind and truly a great person. My memories of Paul will be the winter days on the snowmobile, swimming in the summer, and just laughing at ridiculous things that randomly happen. As we got older the visits were fewer but always genuine and full if laughs. We will all miss him, his personality, and his constant smile. Rest in peace my friend.

  5. Tom & Lynne O’Donnell on June 12, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    We are heartbroken for the Connelly family, God bless you all! We’ll always remember how much his nieces Vivian and Auggie loved Uncle Paul ❤️

  6. David & Judy O'Donnell on June 13, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy. We can not imagine the heartbreak of losing someone so young and full of life.

  7. Colleen Blieden on June 13, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy to the Connelly family. I had the pleasure of working with him at Eastman Dental. He will truly be missed.

  8. Nicole & Ryley Robinson on June 14, 2023 at 7:08 am

    Sending heartfelt sympathy and love to your family at this difficult time.

  9. Lisa Cunningham Crosier on June 14, 2023 at 8:13 am

    I only knew Paul for a short period here at EIOH, but he always had a smile and was willing to help. Loved our conversations about the Buffalo Bills! He was a true fan! We both found out through one of our conversations that his mom was one of my 6th grade teachers at Byron-Bergen. Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy. My prayers are with you. Lisa Cunningham Crosier

  10. Jill Jenkins on June 14, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending all my love to the entire family.

  11. Laura Swarts on June 14, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    I am very sorry for the loss of Paul! To all who loved him my heart is with you!

  12. Otto Harnischfeger on June 15, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    On behalf of the Pirate Toy Fund, our prayers are with the Family and Friends.

  13. David & Kathy Fantasia on June 16, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Our Prayers and Thoughts are with Paul’s entire family. Growing up We always remember him being a very respectful boy. We are so sorry for your loss at this difficult time as he was too young.

  14. Chris V on June 17, 2023 at 2:14 am

    Valhalla is where warriors go. I will meet you there some day.. Love you more.

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