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“This is such sad news. I'll always remember Justin in the bleachers or leaning against the backstop at all the kids games. Can't remember him ever...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Phil Dupuis - West Suffield, CT

“We are very fond of Justin and his family, our kids grew up together and remain friends today. He was always genuine, honest and supportive to all...Read More »
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3 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Bevan - East Haddam, CT

“There seem to be no appropriate words to express my grief on learning of Justin's death. As time marches forward, we all move in different...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“To Justin's wonderful family , it was sad to hear from Wade about your dad's passing. We spent many many hours talking about you boys. and I was...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Justin was a coworker of mine and it was always a pleasure to work with him. I'll always remember what a gracious person he was. My deepest sympathy...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Nelson Meredith - Simsbury, CT

“We are sending prayers to the family; he will be missed by many. I have fond memories from North Pole Express that I will carry with me always.With...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Kaite Corda-Critton - Glastonbury, CT

“While I only knew Justin a few years while he worked at the railroad , he was a real class individual. I will remember him always and my deepest...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Stew MacMillan - Middletown, CT

“To the family of Justin Donnelly:I was saddened to read of the passing of your beloved Justin. I never met the man, but I really wish I had. As a...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Stanley Light - Springfield, MA

“Justin was a special person and will be missed by many. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Alan Ullring - Patrick Springs, VA

“My sincere condolences to the Donnelly family. I had the pleasure of knowing Justin professionally. I will miss his sense of humor and his direct no...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Knox

“It was with great sorrow that I learned of Justin's passing. We worked together at the Valley Railroad and being fellow Marines we had many...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: John Rush - Meriden, CT

“I had the pleasure of training with and working with Jessie last season at the Essex Steam Train. He was a wonderful and modest person...never...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Rich Salomon - Guilford, CT

“I had the pleasure of training and working with Jessie at the Essex Steam Train last season. I have never known anyone who worked harder....although...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Rich Salomon - East Haven, CT

“Justin was an original member of the Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance back in 1977. I Worked many Tuesday overnight shifts with him. I volunteered...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Daniel Rosenthal - South Windsor, CT

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Donnelly family. Justin was truly a wonderful father and friend. Running into Suffield Pizza on Thursday night...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Mack

“As I read through tear filled eyes Jake's amazing and breathtaking tribute to his "Pops", there is no doubt the unconditional love this child of God,...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Frawley - Enfield, CT

“With deepest sympathy during this time of difficulty. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

“Justin was a very proud member of the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association. He participated in many of our biennial reunions. He always had something...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: John Wear - Elbert, CO

“As a member of Ubcle Justin's past family, I want to express my deepest condolences to all families and friends who will miss him every day going...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: A friend


Captain Justin John Donnelly, USMC, lived his life as a proud American, Marine, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend, coach, lawyer, farmer, Jew, and friend of Bill W. Justin was born in Waterbury, on July 6, 1941 to the late Thomas and Ann (Moore) Donnelly and died on January 5, 2018 in Suffield, on his farm. Justin proudly served his country as a Captain in the US Marine Corps in the Viet Nam War from 1965 to 1966. Justin worked hard his entire life, holding many jobs right until his death, and instilling a tremendous work ethic in all his children. Justin also proudly volunteered in an abundance of capacities; coaching all his children in multiple sports, and serving the Town of Suffield as Moderator, Town Counsel, Officer of the Day for Memorial Day Observances, an EMT for Suffield Ambulance, and Chairman of the Board of Finance. Besides his parents Justin was predeceased by his wife, Elaine O’Brien and his brother, Thomas Donnelly. Justin took G-d’s words to go forth and multiply to heart, leaving his children Justin (Jay), Stephen and his wife Denice, Sean and his wife Sheila, Cassandra, and her husband Sumant, Jacob, Ezekiel and his fiancé Kim, Hannah, John O’Brien and his wife Sara, Daniel O’Brien and his partner Meghan and Thomas O’Brien. Justin leaves his sister-in-law Rae Donnelly and her family. Justin also leaves his grandchildren Aidan, Hunter, and Justin (J.B.) Donnelly and Elaine O’Brien, and friends Malcolm (Mack) Higgins, with whom he talked to every day for the last thirty-five years, and Michael Bedus. Celia Moffie, mother of Justin’s children and his best friend, will miss him dearly. Funeral and burial services will be private with full military honors. Friends are invited to sit Shiva at 500 Russell Avenue, Suffield, on Monday and Tuesday, January 8th and 9th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Justin would be honored to have donations made in his memory to Disabled War Veterans, 3725 Alexander Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 or Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, PO BOX 4224, New York, NY 10163. The Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home of Suffield is caring for the arrangements. For directions or condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com

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