Thomas “Tommy” Gerard Connell, Jr. of Portland, Maine

July 25, 1990 -
February 23, 2024

Funeral Details


Loving Son, Brother, Nephew, Cousin. July 25,1990 – February 23, 2024. Thomas Gerard Connell, Jr. of Portland, Maine passed away unexpectedly on February 23. He was the loving son of Thomas and Michele Connell. Predeceased by his beloved brother Ryan Michael Connell. Tommy was raised in Westford, MA and Hollis, NH. He graduated from Hollis Brookline high school where he played basketball, golf and tennis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing at Johnson & Wales University. He was a communicant of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Westford. Tommy had a warm, welcoming, beautiful smile – he had a presence. He had a terrific sense of humor, always enjoying a funny story or joke with a good strong laugh and a simultaneous clap of his hands. He was always a fan of the underdog and he had a special place in his heart for those who were less fortunate than most. Tommy was looked up to by all of his cousins, something that he was very proud of. He brought light and laughter to any room.

Tommy was a huge sports fan; he especially loved the Boston Celtics. He enjoyed following the stock market, podcasts regarding politics and food, especially where to find the best pizza. He had a passion for cooking, restaurants, and had an adventurous palate.

Like all of us, Tommy suffered greatly with the sudden loss of Ryan, his roommate and best friend. Tommy was taken from all of us far too early. He is at peace with his little brother. God rest his soul.

Tommy will be missed forever. In addition to his parents, he will be dearly missed by his loving step-mother, Therese Connell, step-father Joe McElwain, step-brother Zach, and all of his aunts, uncles and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his grandparents, John and Donna Connell, and Michael and Jeanette Lucas. A private funeral will be held Thursday February 29. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy’s memory may be made to Special Olympics Maine, 525 Main St, Suite D, South Portland, Maine, 04106.

16 responses to “Thomas “Tommy” Gerard Connell, Jr. of Portland, Maine”

  1. Amber Dorcus says:

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your son, Tommy. Sincerely and with sympathy, All of us at Port Property Management.

  2. Jeff Maldonis says:

    My heart aches for your entire family at this time. Our prayers go out to your entire family and friends.
    God Bless

  3. Jim and Lanette Duggan says:

    Words can’t describe our heartache for the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always.

    Rest in Peace Tommy

  4. Pat Stefanowicz says:

    With deepest and sincere sympathy to you and your family during this tragic time. May your family, friends and faith bring you comfort as you grieve Tommy’s loss and celebrate his life.

    Our hearts and prayers are with you, Pat & John Stefanowicz

  5. Adrienne Sweetser says:

    So deeply sorry for all the Connell family. You are in my prayers.

  6. Geoff and Pam Hall says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the Connell family.

  7. Janice Kavanagh says:

    Thomas, my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your entire family.

  8. Anna Stowers says:

    Dear Thomas and every member of the Connell family,
    Oh to be able to carry some of your pain on this incredibly sad day ♡
    My utmost condolences and sympathy in sorrow.

  9. Susan Toth says:

    There are no words to express the sorrow I have for you losing Tommy.
    May you find some kind of solace going forward in your boys being together again.
    I will keep you all in my daily prayers.
    With deepest of sympathy,
    Susan Toth

  10. Lennox Moher says:

    My thoughts and my prayers go out to the entire Connell Family during this most sad and most difficult time and will certainly be moving forward. My heart truly aches for you all. Always hold on tight to all of the wonderful memories that you have all happily and lovingly shared with Tommy because they truly will last forever. May God bless Tommy and you all now and forever.

  11. Joan Macdonald says:

    Knowing the pain of loosing a child I am with you in spirit, and prayer. May God walk with you always.

  12. Meg V says:

    I’m so heartbroken to hear this news. Tommy is a one of a kind soul. Sending my deepest prayers to his family. He will be so greatly missed.

  13. Kevin and Lynne Sheehan says:

    I met Tommy thru my son, Matthew. I found Tommy to be respectful, polite, and person who is at ease with others. I know he was a good friend to Matthew whom he met at Johnson and Wales. Tommy is not gone, but we live through memories and will be with you every day and every way may God bless all of you at this difficult time and may he hold the palm of his hand.

  14. Ray Hunt says:

    Sue and I are so sorry to hear about
    the passing of Tommy. There are no
    words to to take the hurt away but
    we hope over time you can find peace.

    With our deepest sympathies.
    Ray&Sue Hunt

  15. Rocio Delgado says:

    Conocí a Thomas en Abbott, un excelente muchacho, educado, con su sonrisa de ángel, muy amable, le agarré un cariño especial y hoy lo echo de menos, pero sé que Dios lo escogió porque era un niño grande de corazón inmenso, me duele como si hubiera perdido un hijo, adiós Thomas descansa en paz aunque siempre te llevaré en mi memoria y en mi corazón ❤️

  16. Heidi schmid says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family,

    May you all find peace

    In Jesus name I pray!

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