Harold Connell

Harold Edward Connell

Sunday, October 18th, 1942 - Sunday, November 15th, 2020
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Harold Edward Connell, 78, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at his home in Fort Wayne. He was born in Manchester, NH to the late Raymond and Helen Connell. After serving 20 years as a detective on the Fort Wayne Police Department, Harold was the owner of I.S.I., an industrial security firm, and Tri-States Attorney Services. He was also one of the co-founders of the original Fort Wayne BBQ Ribfest. He oversaw the hospitality as well as the security for the Mad Anthony Golf Tournament for years. Harold was a member of Orchard Ridge Country Club, F.O.P, the Elks Lodge Fort Wayne, P.A.L., The Lions Club, Moose Lodge #2188 of Bradenton, Fl, The American Legion #409 of Fort Wayne, The Friars Club as well as DOCA. Harold loved his family fiercely. He lived his life large and unselfishly, spending his winters in Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL with his wife Barb, making yearly trips home to New Hampshire, golfing with his friends, and being on the sidelines of the Saint Francis Football games. If you were his friend, Harold had your back, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for you. Harold will be greatly missed by all of his large family and his many friends. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Connell of Fort Wayne; his daughters, Laura (Bob Boxell) Sanford, Christine (Marty Tripp) Smith, Angela (Michael) Graves, and Jennifer Gandolfo all of Fort Wayne; step-children, Mike (Candy) Rude, Brooksville, FL, Jeff (Jacki) Rude of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Lorren (Brandon) Suffel, Alex Sanford, Logan Smith, Evan and Ryan Graves, Jake and Sydney Gandolfo; step grandchildren, Jake, Zach, Malori, Isaac Rude, Rachael (Ben) Keller of Fort Wayne, Kristen(John) Sorg of Holland, MI; several step great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia McClellen; and half-brother, Si Snyder. Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held on December 6, 2020. Memorials may be made to SCAN (
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    Sunday, December 6th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, December 6th, 2020 3:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
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Diane King

Posted at 12:26pm
My condolences to Barb and all his daughters. I was one of Harold's many friends. Tony & I & Harold enjoyed several good times together over the years. This included lots of Colts games. He always wanted to know how I was doing after Tony passed in 2016. Our birthdays were close together and he either called or sent me birthday wishes, This October was no exception. He was thoughtful and loyal to the end. I will miss him. Another friend has left us too soon. - Diane King

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Posted at 10:34am
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Susie Brown

Posted at 11:02am
Harold was a good friend to us for many years. Prayers are said for his family.

Richard Poinsatte

Posted at 10:33am
Chris and all the family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with all at this time. Mr Connell, requiescat in pace. - Richard Poinsatte

Wilma & Bob Page

Posted at 02:38pm
Barb & family. So sorry to hear of Harold’s death. Bob & I send our thoughts & prayers to you.
Bob & Wilma Page.

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