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John C. "Jay" McConnell

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Service: 12:00pm Sat. March 17th, 2018
Location: Conroy Funeral Home

McConnell, John C. “Jay”, 69, of Springfield, went to his heavenly home Sunday, March 11, 2018. He was born in Springfield on October 25, 1948 the son of John H. and Annie Lee (Edgewood) McConnell. Jay was married to June (Powers) McConnell for 37 years. He graduated from Clark State Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He retired after 42 years of service at Andritz Inc. (formerly Bauer Bros.). Jay served as a U.S. Army Medic stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Jay was an active member in The Rock Community Church, where he was an Elder, a Sunday school teacher, and on the finance committee. Prior to that he served as a trustee at Central Christian Church. He was a longtime member of the Emmaus community. Jay was a volunteer at Community Mercy Hospice for 25 years participating in Angels by the Bedside and a new veterans pinning program. In 2015, Jay was recognized for his 2,300+ hours of volunteer service when he received Midwest Care Alliance’s Volunteer of the Year award. Jay also completed the Dogtors pet therapy training with one of his dogs. He loved dogs and had many dogs of all breeds and sizes over the years. He was a frequent blood donor for over 30 years, giving over 100 pints. He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. Jay was known among friends and family as a renaissance man. Over the years he enjoyed a variety of interests including windsurfing, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, and ice hockey. He was a marathon runner, completing the Boston (3:09) and Houston marathons as well as multiple Columbus marathons. He played stand-up bass in a gospel bluegrass band, crafted custom miniature furniture, and made a mean cherry pie and incredible deviled eggs. In addition to his many interests and talents, he will be remembered for his generous ways, love of family, sense of humor and overall vibrant love of life. Jay is survived by wife, June P. (Powers); daughter, Mollie McConnell of Columbus; three siblings, Sue Gower of Houston, Texas, Michael (Kathy) McConnell of West Chester, Ohio and Barbara McKeever of Urbana, Ohio; mother-in-law, Joan Cappelli of Clearwater, FL; sister in-law Jane (Powers) Baker and husband Larry of Belle Center, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, John Gower and James McKeever. A celebration of his life will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday in CONROY FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Robert Martin officiating. The family will receive friends one and ½ hours prior, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Community Mercy Hospice.
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Mrs. McConnell and Mollie, I graduated from Clark State with John in 1969. Through the years I lost contact with everyone in our graduating class. Today, my wife and I were in Springfield eating on our way home and John's name came to mind. I can't tell you the shock when typing his name on the web and his obituary came on my phone. As I read his obituary, I was truly amazed at his accomplishments in his life. The one thing that stood out in my memory was his terrific sense of humor and I see that never changed. He certainly was a man of faith and it was obvious his faith guided him in his life and with how he interacted with others. You both have my sympathies.

- Daryl Ingram, Sunday March 25th, 2018

I was saddened to learn of Jay's death. I first met Jay at Community Mercy Hospice four years ago. I have admired his devotion to patients and his pragmatic view of what help they need. He was such a caring and giving person. A great role model.

- Sharon Brown, Saturday March 17th, 2018

What an amazing man and legacy he leaves!

- Shelley Tantlinger, Saturday March 17th, 2018

June and family, so very sorry to hear about Jay. He certainly was a very accomplished and giving man, and no doubt in his heavrenly reward. Our sincere condolences and prayers, Jim & Peg.

- Jim Horstman, Friday March 16th, 2018

I ran with Jay in Boston in 1990. What a great man. REP

Friday March 16th, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of Jay, my heart breaks for June & their daughter Mollie. He was a top notch person and I miss him dearly already. Jay did everything right and this seems so unfair but I know he's in heaven looking down on us. Jay & June were the best couple I knew and am thankful to have them as my friends. RIP Jay.

- Stacey Picolo, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

From the day I met this gentleman our weekly conversations always incited a laugh or wisdom, my deepest condolences to his wife June and entire family the memory of such a wonderful being will never be forgotten. Your presence will remain in the room at the Springfield YMCA...God Bless

- Eric Thomas, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

Reading this list of Jay's life's accomplishments is humbling. The man I thought so highly of, who made everyone laugh, and was always there with a helping hand and healthy dose of sarcasm, was so much more. He spent his life helping/comforting others, a true angel on earth. Hopefully we can all learn something from Jay. The YMCA will never be the same, but his presence will never be gone. I love you, June. Strength to you and Mollie and the rest of your family.

- Kim Rickard, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

I send the most heartfelt love and prayers to Jay’s family. Growing up with Mollie as a friend, I saw Jay as an incredible and inspirational role model. My thoughts are with Mollie and June at this difficult time.

- Rebecca Howe Brooks, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

Jay added such a sense of humor to our Yoga class. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss, June.

- Julie Maes, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

To Jays family. My deepest condolences and prayers that one day soon all your tears and sorrow will turn to smiles when you remember the memories that were made in his life. He was my friend for so many years. I recall our runs and skiing Aspen mountain and competing and training in martial arts. Life is one big memory and he left many. We we each moment in life but once and he used them. I’ll miss him and lights for today just are a little dimmer but the memories will soon brighten again. Loving thoughts to all his family and to Jay for a life well lived

- William Beach, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

The memories of Jay in spin class with a quick repair of a spin bike, his calm wisdom, his humor and the amused look you would get if you were blocking “his” shoe changing chair will be with me forever. He gave so much, we lost another good one. He will forever be part of the Y spin family. Sadly missed already. RIP Jay. Brenda Sweeney

- Brenda Sweeney, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

We are so sorry the passing of Jay we met Jay when he came and seen my father and father n law in hospice care to present him with the military pin through hospice program We felt so bless to have this honor for our love one that was dying to have this last honor for him Jay was very caring to us during our difficult time and it was a privilege to had known him through a visit to our love one God bless to you all

- Roger and Debbie Deere, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

The memories of Jay in spin class with a quick repair of a spin bike, his calm wisdom, his humor and the amused look you would get if you were blocking “his” shoe changing chair will be with me forever. He gave so much, we lost another good one. He will forever be part of the Y spin family. Sadly missed already. RIP Jay. Brenda Sweeney

- Brenda Sweeney, Wednesday March 14th, 2018

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