Mr Desmond Connolly

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Des was born in Caerphilly in South Wales, but moved to London when he was fifteen to find work. When he was nineteen he was one of the last of a generation to experience the rigours of National Service, as a telex operator in the RAF. He had a varied career in construction management, starting with shop fitting, and becoming a surveyor and estimator.

As newly-weds he and his wife Joan moved to West London.  His work was based in Kensington and featured some prestigious work for the extended Royal family, and even Hollywood celebrities. His last years of working life were focused on security fixings for post offices, building societies and banks. Des became a Christian at 30 and became an active member of St John's Church, Ealing.

In later life Des and Joan became active members of St Michael's church in Braintree. They also made many new friends at the Braintree Bowls Club, and enjoyed playing table tennis. Des sang with a local choir, and even performed at the Roundhouse in Camden, London with them. His two daughters, four granddaughters, grandson, great grandson and two great granddaughters will miss him profoundly.

We are happy for you to wear colours and if you feel so inclined please include one or all of the colours of the Welsh Flag! 

Parking is available in Geroge Yard Shopping Centre. This is a pay and display car park in close proximatey to the Church. The car park can be found off Rayne Road, CM7 1RB




Charity details


Barnardo's is a British charity founded by Thomas John Barnardo in 1866, to care for vulnerable children and young people.

Registered Number 216250

Tearfund, Yeman Appeal

Tearfund’s call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest. They long for new life and a new sense of worth for people. They do whatever it takes to end poverty and rebuild poor communities. Tearfund work through local churches, because they're Jesus’ body on earth, ready to care for the whole person - and the whole community - inside and out.

Registered Number 265464

Messages of condolence

in memory of our dear friend 

Mr & Mrs Lez & Ann Bolden

What a privilege to be part of that wonderful thanksgiving service yesterday. We are going to greatly miss Des but have many happy memories. Over the coming weeks, we will be praying for Louise, Emma and their families as they grieve and reflect on Des' life, With our love and best wishes, Peter and Anne Knight

Mr Peter Knight

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the sad passing of Des. He was always so pleased to see us and many good times were had in his company. A true gentleman. Fondest wishes Jan & Tony Barrett.

Mrs Janice Barrett

Thinking of you Louise and Emma and all your families at this sad time. We will really miss Des, we had some wonderful times together in the past.He is re-united with Joan now.

Mr & Mrs Keith & Margaret Salter

My thoughts are with all Des's family during this time of their loss.

Ms Jay Barrett

With fondest memories, now united in the Lord with Joan. Love from Roger and Sally Woodward

Mrs Christine Woodward

A good friend who will be sorely missed.

Mrs June Wilson

Service details

Thanksgiving Service

14 October, 2019 14:30

St Michael's

St Michael's Road, Braintree, CM7 1JZ


05 November, 2019 15:30

Church House

St Michael's Rd, Braintree , CM7 1EY
You are very welcome to join the family for Tea and Cake at the Church House opposite the church gate following the thanksgiving service

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