SJC Mourns the Loss of Ian Connelly

January 28, 2014

The Saint Joseph’s College family mourns the loss of SJC senior Ian Connelly. Ian was from Lithia, Fla. and attended Newsome High School. A Biology major, he was a member of the SJC soccer program as a defenseman for the past five seasons. He battled injuries throughout his first two years, but played in 32 career matches since 2011.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Ian Connelly,” said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. “His spirit and energy will be sorely missed by his teammates and fellow Pumas. Ian and the Connelly family will be in our prayers, hearts, and thoughts,” said President Riegelnegg.

“Ian was a great young man, and you could tell he had his life in order,” said SJC Head Men’s Soccer Coach David Stroud. “He went about things with great preparation and organization. He always worked hard at practice and trained as best he could in order to help the team. We are collectively saddened by this loss.”

Mike Lipton ’13, Ian’s friend and soccer teammate, offered thoughts on behalf of the soccer team.

“Ian was a strong, brave, and courageous person. We talked about his passing as a group and we are sad. Ian was a brother to us and had a bigger calling than all of us after college. He was going to protect our country as a Marine.”

Please join Ian's family, friends, and the entire SJC community as we gather in the Saint Joseph's Chapel to celebrate the Funeral Mass for Ian Connelly. Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 pm CST on Friday, January 31. Following the celebration will be a gathering in the Gaspar Center in Schwietermann Hall for light refreshments, fellowship, and sharing.

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