Harry J. "Pete" McConnell

Date of Death: 6/18/2017

Harry J. "Pete" McConnell

April 1, 1933 – June 18, 2017


Harry J. “Pete” McConnell,84, of Altoona, died peacefully in hospice care Sunday evening at the Presbyterian Village in Hollidaysburg.  He was born April 1, 1933 in Ashville, the son of the late Richard and Philomena “Minnie” (Rice) McConnell.  He married Shirley A. McCloskey on February 23, 1955.  She predeceased him on June 7, 2016.

Surviving are a sister, Hazel Culley and two sons:  Richard J. McConnell and wife, Pam, and Ronald J. McConnell and wife Lauren, all of Altoona; and three grandchildren:  Tyler J., Benjamin D., and Fiona A. McConnell.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Warren and Royden McConnell, and seven sisters, Lucille Stevenson, Vesta McMullen, Betty Mulhern, Natoma Bulow, Mildred Lewis, Sylvia Hartman, and Bernice Waksmonski. 

Pete retired from the printing department of Butterick, Inc. after 43 years of service.  He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War serving from 1953 – 1955.

He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Pete was a true gentleman, always loving and caring to his wife Shirley with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.  He was known to many as “Mr. Nice Guy,” always with a kind and caring demeanor willing to lend a hand or help someone in need.  He was a true father figure for both Richard and Ron, a pillar of quiet strength, courage, wisdom, and optimism.  He never complained no matter what happened. He loved all aspects of life – but in particular going to hunting camp with family and friends, and fishing with grandson Ben on the boat at Glendale.  He was probably best known for his love of golf – being a long time member of the Sylvan Hills Country Club where he placed in the club championship many years.  Pete will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him simply as a great all-around guy.  He lived a full life.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona.  Committal at Calvary Cemetery in Altoona.

In remembrance of Pete, those wishing to make a donation can do so to Home Nursing Agency Family Hospice, 201 Chestnut Ave, Altoona, PA 16601, or Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg, 220 Newry Street, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648.

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