Kevin Paul Connolly

Kevin Paul Connolly of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on November 22, 2019, at the age of 75. He was born on November 18, 1944, in Port Chester, New York, to the late John T. Connolly and Mary E. Connolly.

He is survived by his loving family who will miss him more than words can say including: longtime companion and love of his life, Catherine Connolly; and five children; Michelle Connolly Roberts (Jeffrey), Kathleen Connolly Glitz, Christopher Connolly, Elizabeth Connolly Bauman (James), and Michael John Connolly. Kevin also leaves behind his brother: Jon F. Connolly (Deborah), two sisters: Carroll Pugmire (Don Betty) and Mara Connolly (Pete Taft), grandchildren: Isabelle, Jack, Charlotte, Penelope, Henry, and Patrick, as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  In addition, Kevin also leaves behind his former wife, Rosemary Coyne (John), mother of four of his children.

Kevin was a gifted attorney and writer. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh in 1968 and received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1971.

Kevin worked for the Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor for 42 years. In 1974, he was hired as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases. In 1983, Kevin became Chief of the Criminal Division for the Northern District of Ohio. He then moved to Virginia, where he worked in DOJ’s Criminal Division as a Senior Trial Attorney prosecuting high profile drug cases. Later, Kevin transferred to the Department’s National Security Division, where he worked on national security cases until he retired in 2016. Throughout his career, Kevin received numerous law enforcement and Department of Justice awards, most notably, the DEA Administrator’s Award of Honor, which is the most distinguished award given by the Agency’s Administrator.

Kevin is remembered for his kindness, quick-wit, amazing sense of humor, and his unconditional love for his family and friends. He enjoyed making people laugh, reading, watching movies, grilling his famous steaks, and cheering on the Washington Redskins. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends who will always remember his generosity, humility, loyalty, and his infectious smile.

In December 2015, Kevin received a lung transplant at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, and was deeply appreciative of his new lease on life. His family and friends are grateful for almost 4 years of time gifted to him by that transplant and profoundly thankful to everyone involved from the INOVA Fairfax Transplant Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin’s name to the INOVA Lung Transplant Fund. Donations should be directed to:

INOVA Lung Transplant Fund, INOVA Transplant Center, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, Attn:  Deborah Campbell, IHVI Ground Floor

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:00pm-5:00pm at Advent Funeral Home, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia.  On Monday, December 16 a eulogy at 10:15am will precede the  Mass of Christian Burial which begins at 10:30am at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 4401 Sano St, Alexandria, Virginia 22312. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, Virginia.

8 Responses to Kevin Paul Connolly

  1. Mike says:

    Love you Dad

  2. Brad Simon says:

    Very saddened about Kevin’s passing. He was my friend, colleague and mentor. Kevin was one of a kind and one of the best.
    Brad Simon

  3. Terri Bauman says:

    Liz and Connolly family, Frank & I are very sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Douglas W Kuehl says:

    A very sad day to learn of Kevin’s passing. I have many good memories of working with Kevin while I was an agent with DEA. Kevin was exceptionally hard working in combating drug traffickers as well as fun to associate with. Doug Kuehl, retired DEA

  5. Michael and Katrina LaFay says:

    We are so sad to hear about Kevin’s passing and will always remember him for his kindness. He was a wonderful example to us all, Michael and Katrina

  6. Anne Phillips Murphy says:

    I was a new DEA analyst assigned to work with Kevin on a high profile DOJ directed prosecution. I knew very little about taking a federal case to trial; yet after three years, 3,000 miles away from home and a lot of missed holidays we did it… successfully.
    Kevin would later write a letter about me to the DEA administrator that changed the trajectory of my career. I will never forget what I learned from him and what he did for me.
    To his children, his brother, his sisters and Cathie, know that he loved you all.
    Jerry and I join your family in celebrating the life of a good man.

  7. David Falcigno says:

    Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to Cousin Kathy, Michael John and family during this difficult time.

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