Diane (Segreto) Connolly

Born: Tue., Jan. 26, 1932
Died: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021

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Diane (Segreto) Connolly, of Bristol, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the age of 88. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul, her daughters Allison Pope and Meegan Martin, and her step-daughter Katherine Connolly.

               Diane was born and raised in Bristol, CT., graduating from Bristol High School in 1949. Diane had an avid love for swimming that influenced her life greatly. As a teen she was a dedicated swimming competitor, as well as a lifeguard with Bristol Parks and Recreation. As an adult she was a champion coach in the Central Connecticut Swim League, the Bristol Central High School girl’s and boy’s swim teams,  and in the Yankee Swim League. She also proudly taught young children how to swim at the Memorial Boulevard School. In 2010, Diane was inducted into the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame. Despite an array of professional accomplishments, Diane’s proudest moments with swimming consisted of teaching, coaching, and cheering on her own children and grandchildren.

               Diane is survived by her daughters Holly Thrower and her husband Michael of Bristol, CT., Marilyn Wright of Hollywood, FL., Patrice Heuschkel of Collinsville, CT.; her sons Kenneth Wright of FL, and Sean Wright and his wife Lori of Plymouth, CT.; her step children Cornelius Connolly and his wife Wendy of Bristol, CT., Maureen Connolly of Plainville, CT., and Margaret Miller of Plainville, CT. She also leaves behind 21 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

               Diane’s family would like to thank the staff at Jefferson House for their kind and compassionate care. Private services will be arranged by Scott Funeral Home of Terryville, CT with burial to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery of Bristol, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southington, CT.


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Bob McCabe
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Holly, sorry to hear of your mom’s death. Thinking of you and your family.

Martine Desjardins
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Patrice and family, sending my sincere sympathy for the loss of your Mom.

Edward J Dunn
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021
Diane and I were good friends at BHS in the late 40's. We had a group of friends that went to Lake Compounce dancing & hanging out at the Koffee Korner. She was a great swimmer, used to swim Page Park in the summer all the time. I was friends with her first husband Jack Wright and knew Paul Connolly also. Great friends and wonderful memories. My deepest Sympathy to her remaining family. Bucky

Shannon wright
   Posted Thu January 14, 2021

Monet's Garden Basket was sent by Butchie, Shannon, Amanda, Louise and Marilyn.

A life of so many years A journey of so much glory Our thoughts are with you, mom As we are here Forever remembering you and all your stories With Love, Butchie, Shannon, Amanda, Louise, and Marilyn.

Deborah James
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Holly/Sean and Family,

I worked with your mom for many years at Memorial Blvd School. She was an excellent WSI instructor. She had great success with developing swimmers in the program.
We looked forward to working with her every year.
Deb James

Lynn Johnson
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
My condolences to the entire family, Diane was a wonderful person with an infectious smile and laugh. I spent many hours in her company growing up. She was my swim mom, and will be deeply missed.

stephen Venturo Sr
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Ken, MarilynPatrice. Sean Holly,& Maureen & the extended Wright/Connelly Family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Your Mother, Grandmother, Greatgrandmother, Mentor, and Friend to many,I'll never forget Your Mom firt meting Her at the party's at the big red house on hill street(Patrice) nd then again picking up My Love KC in the house behind Rockwell park Terry road I think? We talked many times mostly about Swimming & Diving, I loved to dive & swim so We had a lot in common Diane was so easy to talk to , so caring, understanding, and compassionate about Her Children Whom were all My good Friends She will definately never be forgotten May it comfort all of You She not only inspired You and many others, She was Very Inspirational to Me. With Deepest Sympathy, "Stevie V."

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