Franklin Toland “Toby” Connell Jr.

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Aug 21 1943
Mar 9 2018
74 Years
Parkesburg

Franklin Toland “Toby” Connell Jr., 74, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away at Tel Hai Nursing Facility on Friday March, 9, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Aleta Smith Connell, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Franklin Toland Connell, Sr. and Bessie (Stoner) Connell.

Toby was an area resident his whole life and was a 1961 graduate of Octorara High School. Following High School Toby went on to honorably serve his country as part of the U.S. Army. He then went on to pursue a business degree at Goldey-Beacom College and eventually pursued a graduate degree from Drexel University. He was employed for a number of years at Lukens Steel, starting in the accounting department and eventually transitioning to his role as Paymaster. Toby held a variety of service oriented positions at organizations including, The Brandywine- Goddard Lodge #383, The Former Keystone Lodge #569, Scout Master of Troup 135, Canine Partners for life, and was on the Board of Directors for the Citadel Credit union for over 35 years. He was a member of The Parkesburg Baptist Church, where he served as a Trustee and was also a part of their choir.

He is survived in addition to his wife, by two children; Leslie A. Neff and husband Ron of Cochranville, and Jeffrey S. Connell and wife Kristi of Roswell GA; as well as two granddaughter’s Lauren and Meggan. He also leaves behind his “furry friend” Cooper and a host of friends.

A celebration of life will be held at The Parkesburg Baptist Church, 103 West St, Parkesburg, PA 19365, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11 AM, with a visitation from 9 to 11 AM. The interment service will take place at a later date and will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Toby’s memory to any of the following: Parkesburg Baptist Church, Tel Hai’s Good Samaritan fund which can be found at the following web address https://www.telhai.org/give/tribute-giving/, or Compassus Hospice; 2 Campus Blvd Suite 200, Newtown Square, PA 19073. 

Service Date: 
Mar 16 2018 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Parkesburg Baptist Church: 103 West St, Parkesburg, PA 19365

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Aleta, i am so sad to read this. My heart goes out to you and your family. Remembering all the good times. He was a wonderful husband and father who will be missed. He is at peace now. Prayers and hugs to all. Xoxo

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Please accept our condolences. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We used to love our little chats as he walked past our house walking your dog. 

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I'm so very sorry to learn of Mr. Connell's passing. I'm thinking of the family at this time. 

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To the Connell family,

I am very sorry to hear of Toby’s passing.  He will be remembered as a wonderful man by all who knew him.  You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Norm

 

 

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We are so sorry to hear the news.   We are sending our prayers Aleta for you and  your family.   

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We are saddened at Toby's passing, but he is at peace and able to sing with the Heavenly choir! Please know you are in our prayers, and when we return, we we gather together. Love you!

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To my neighbors~

Thinking of you all and hoping you find peace in the many happy memories of your husband and father.  Sending love and prayers. 

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Aleta,so sorry to hear about Toby. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

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Aleta we are so sorry for your loss. Toby will always have a special place in our hearts and we have many memories to hold onto. I’m sure he’s singing his heart out with the heavenly choir. ❤️

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My thoughts and prayers are with you

Toby will be greatly missed by many.

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Sending our condolences, sad to hear of Tobys passing, he was a Great Man. There are many stories to be told that we have shared with him., as many others have.. all Good. There are no more concerns or discomforts. Toby can rejoice and sing with all. A Blessing to be moving on To The Real World, Heaven  Above.  LOVE LIFTS ANGELS  more so than wings. Love lights their way more so than any Halo. And love sings from within them far louder than any harp could play. Peace Be WithYou and Prayers. Love Kevin and Tina Wilson. T.C.

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I knew Mr. Connell thru his son Jeff in Atlanta.  If Jeff was anything like his father, Mr. Connell was a wonderful, warm, caring and thoughtful man.  Jeff would talk about both his Mom and Dad, with the conversations being truly enjoyable.  I wish for great peace for the entire Connell family.   He will be missed by many. 

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Dear Aleta & Family:  Sending expressions of sympathy and prayer(s). I am genuinely sorry to hear that Toby passed.  Hadn't seen the two of you in years, but..... always thought of you as such an admirable couple!  Never had I ever met him without noticing that smile......what a nice guy!  No doubt  there are lots of wonderful memories that will be shared in the days ahead.  My late father would also speak of what a nice guy Toby was.  Be encouraged and know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  

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Aleta

I am sorry to hear that Toby left this world to be back with God.

May you feel his presence whenever you wish because his soul lives on!

He was a great friend in High School!

You were a great friend to Jane

May you find Peace in the days and months ahead.

George

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Aleta,

I am saddened to learn of your husband's death.  Please know that you and your family are in my thoughtrs and prayers.

Sincerely,

Jo McAdoo (Curves)

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Aleta;  Veronica and I are so sad that Toby has passed and please know that you and the children are in our prayers.  

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Dear Aleta & family, 

So sorry to hear of Toby’s passing. I fondly remember our kids growing up and time at Parkesburg United Methodist Church with Toby’s parents attending there. Each of you always had a wonderful smile that was infectious. Plus his love of music, and helping our Boy Scouts become the men they are today. Hugs to each of you Aleta, Jeff & Leslie. God bless you with fond memories. 

 

 

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Aletha, it was a great pleasure for me to get to know Toby better and to get to know you through having sat together at a couple of Octorara 1961 reunions.  Toby was in deed a great guy.

My thoughts are with you and your family.  Sue Jackson

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Aleta, Ed and I are sorry to hear about Toby's passing.  He is in a better place now and he will no longer suffer.  May you and your family find comfort in all the memories you have to share.

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Our sympathies to Leslie and her entire family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

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Aleta and family, I worked with Tobe in the Lukens Accounting Department for 20 years. I had contact with him on a daily basis. It was an honor to know and work with him. I'm thankful that our paths crossed while on this earth. I'll never forget Tobe. My sympathy for your loss.

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We are sorry to learn of Toby's passing.   What great memories though of a his smiling face and positive attitude.   The decades with the credit union were unforgetable.   RIP

 

Patti and Jeff McComsey

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