John L. Connell Jr. Esq., Of Westford

Mr. John Laurence Connell Jr. Esq., 91, a life-long resident of Westford, MA died Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019 at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA.

He was the husband for 62 years to Donna T. (O’Dea) Connell.

He was born in Lowell, and the son of the late John L. and Catherine (Gower) Connell.  He attended Westford Schools, and was graduated from Keith Academy with the Class of 1947.  He graduated from Notre Dame with Class of 1951, and Notre Dame Law School with the Class of 1953; which engendered a passion for all things Notre Dame.

Jack served with the U.S. Air Force at the end of WWII. He attributed his abbreviated term of service to the notion that upon learning of his enlistment the enemy surrendered.

He established his law practice in Westford and Lowell in 1954, and served as Westford Town Counsel for 41 years.

He was past president of the N. Middlesex Bar Assoc., and was a member of the Lowell Bar Assoc., National Lawyers Assoc., Notre Dame Law Assoc., City Solicitors and Town Counsel Assoc., D’Youville Manor Guild, Catholic Laymens’ Guild, Knight of Columbus, and past director of Northern Bank and Trust.

Jack enjoyed gardening, bowling, golfing, and playing horseshoes.  He loved the Boston Red Sox, and was a season ticket holder of the New England Patriots for 35 years.  He was a voracious reader.

He was a devout lifelong communicant of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church of Westford.  Jack’s faith in God was first and foremost in his life.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his eight children, John L. Connell III and his wife, Angela of Amherst, NH, Atty. Mary Catherine Connell Nagle and her husband, John Nagle of Dunstable, MA, Atty. Patrick and his wife Hyrije Connell presently based in Ankara, Turkey, Thomas and his wife Therese Connell of Drakes Island, ME, Maura Donovan of Lowell, MA, Donna and her husband, Atty. Mark Ford of N. Andover, MA, David Connell of Ft. Myers, FL, and Laurence Connell of Lowell, MA; a brother, Chief Joseph Connell of Westford, MA; seven grandchildren, Thomas and Ryan Connell, Christopher, Matthew, and Joseph Ford, and Stephanie and Michael Donovan.

He was the father of the late Michael Connell, and the brother of the late William, Thomas, and Daniel Connell all of Westford, MA.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Westford first responders.


Visiting hours Thurs. 4 to 8 P.M. at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 N. Main St., Westford, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Fri. at 12 Noon at the Church. Burial in St. Catherine of Alexandria Cemetery, of Westford. Memorials may be made in his name to R.A.R.A. 295 High St., Lowell, MA 01852 or Westford Ambulance Fund, PO Box 197, Westford, MA 01886 or St. Catherine Church. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

11 Condolences for John L. Connell Jr. Esq., Of Westford

    Scott Connell

    Jack was a one of a kind. Even though we are technically related, it was through work that I got to see him as often as I did. Maybe the combination of hard working “Connell” from the earlier days and his education and class as a prominent Attorney is what made him who he was but whatever it was it is not found often and you couldn’t help but respect his love of family and interest in anything you had to say. I am sure that I am one of many many people who were lucky enough to chit chat with him and share stories. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to the entire family and friends he leaves behind.


    robert f. hatem

    Ever mindful of Notre Dame Jack Connell lived life as an all star QB: Family, Church and Community. He Donna and Family are in the thoughts and prayers of the Hatem family. There is not enough space in an obituary
    to list what Jack, Donna and Family have done for Westord and the community. RIP….joanne and bob hatem


    Sandra Bergeron

    Donna and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the passing
    of “Jack”. He was a great friend of the Polly family in past years. We are
    sure he will be missed by all that knew this great man.
    Prayers—-Roland & Sandra Bergeron


    Philip & Lynne Scannell

    To our Cousins.. Donna and Family… So many family weddings we would always have a moment.. and a conversation that would always lead to a great laugh.. such a wonderful man.. you are all in our thoughts..


    Barry Finnegan

    Dear Catie and Donna,
    I’m so sorry to read about the passing of your father.I first met him when I was 15 years working at Liggetts on the corner of Central and Jackson St. He used to come in there for lunch sometimes and he was always such a nice guy (and a big tipper)that it was a pleasure to wait on him.I’m sure his brother Dan is waiting up in heaven and planning to stiff him when it’s Dan turn to buy a beer.


    Caroline Kavanagh

    Patrick, Thomas and the entire Connell family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all at this time. I have fond memories of time spent with you and your family. Jack was a fine man and served many. The town of Westford was graced to have him as a resident all these years. Sending you much love and prayers.


    Mary Gail & Dennis O'Dea

    Dennis and I are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing and extend our sympathies to all the Connell family.


    Kimberly Edie

    Dear Maura and Family,
    My deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time.
    Kimberly Edie and family


    Richard J. SHEEHAN

    Ms. Donna Connell & family;

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    I found out too late to attend the services.
    Fond memories of you as my second grade teacher; and later as a customer; and your family.

    Richard J. SHEEHAN


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