James Connolly (21 Dec 1991 - 19 Oct 2020)

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On the 21st of December 1991 our beautiful boy came into the world weighing 6Ibs and 8oz – he came known to us all as JP

From the moment he could move around under his own steam he would follow his sister Jen everywhere. They played together endlessly. One of their favourite games was to re-enact their favourite Disney films. At the time this was The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Jen of course got the starring role and James was delegated to all the other parts. He took her instruction well, of which there were many because he just loved to play.

When Jen was at nursery he would play with Thomas the Tank Engine and he had so many of the trains. Or he’d race up and down the hallway on his car, which at 2 years old he could turn on a dime at the end of the hall and race back again.

In 1994 he went to nursery, Stepping Stones, 3 mornings a week. When it was time to go to primary school, he was very excited. On his first day at school he went up to his teacher and introduced himself. I’m not so sure the excitement of school lasted throughout his secondary school though!

James always wanted to achieve and do the best that he could. When he didn’t feel that he was receiving a good education at the 6th form in his secondary school, he researched his options and approached St Brendan’s 6th Form College. He excelled there and achieved 4 A Levels, 2 with an A and 2 with a B Grade.

He passed his driving test first time and was a very competent driver. Well from what I could see between my fingers.

James learned to play the Saxophone during his secondary school years and reached a Grade 4 with Merit.

From there he went to Sheffield University and obtained his degree in East Asia Studies.

His first job from Uni was for the Civil Service in London. He has worked in various departments and I know he enjoyed the diversity and challenges that this work gave him.

Throughout his life, James made many friends and that included Craig with whom he became engaged.

This biography is by far too short, too short because we could talk endlessly about the time we had with him and too short because his story should not have ended at such a young age.

Our intelligent, funny, witty son is gone and our hearts are forever broken.

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Sheffield Uni 2011 x

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Joanna Hemingway wrote

James - thank you for all the laughter, tears, accomplishments, gossip and banter over the last 15 years. From walking to and from school together, to being one of the few Southerners at Sheffield, to when our paths briefly crossed in London. You were always an amazing friend when I needed you and you have one of kindest hearts I know - thank you for bringing me so many joyous memories over the years my Eurovision & Pikachu buddy. Will miss you xxx

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Neil Finlayson donated £5 in memory of James

Rest in peace JP, such a kind and sensitive soul.

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With my mum, her friend Jill & the dogs. JPs true nature came out when he was around animals, he adored & loved them. Getting Finn together was lovely, and he used to text me like a proud dad when he’d taken Finn to the pub “he’s been such a good boy”

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Jackie Patten wrote

My JP – I miss you so very much. I will miss your smile and hugs. I will miss your very late night text messages, telling me about your day when mine was long over and fast asleep. I will miss when you open your Christmas presents and you see something you really didn’t expect – your standard phrase of ‘oh fancy!’. I’m going to keep talking to you even though I won’t hear your reply, I’ll just have to imagine your response. You’ll forever be my baby boy – rest peacefully my sweet one x

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Me and my JP x

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Vasant Chari donated in memory of James

JP, we only met a couple of times, but I saw the way you inspired and brought joy to others around you. Thinking of you deeply.

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Sean Davin wrote

JP you are missed by so many of us in the D&I world in Gov and beyond. You were so super helpful last summer over the diagnostic stuff-it was a mad time that you handled so graciously . May you rest in eternal peace and may the warm shadow you cast bring some comfort for those that love you.

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Victoria Latham donated in memory of James

JP, I'm so happy that the Census and your love of data brought us together. In such a short space of time you brought a smile and energy to everything and I know you will be very much missed by everyone you worked with. Rest in Peace. VL x

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JP, you touched so many of us in your quiet, wonderful way. Be at peace. x

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JP. Always caring. Always up for banter. Sadly missed x

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Elise Clarke donated in memory of James

JP, I am so sad not to be able to tell you this directly, but you were such a valued member of our team - and I'll miss your wry smiles during the seemingly never-ending meetings about metrics and inclusion. Your work has really made a difference to the Civil Service. We will miss you x

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Jonathan Nancekivell-Smith donated in memory of James

JP proud to have have worked with you, pleased to have got to know you, and desparately sad at your death.

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Susan Mangles donated in memory of James

Although we only worked together for a short time, you made a big impression - a great colleague and we will miss your humour and questions. All your colleagues at ONS will miss you greatly. Rest in peace JP.

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Tara Kemsley donated £30 in memory of James

You will be hugely missed James, your memories cherished and never forgotten. Xx

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I really wish I had more pics of us, we here we are, probably up to no good (judging by the smiles!) in our 'happy corner'!

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Happy times!

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Our first international trip together, to Turin , Italy, September 2017. The first of our many adventures!

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I’m still trying to find the right words to say right now, but I just want you to know how much I adored you, boo, and how much you meant to me.

You weren’t just my friend JP, you were so, so much more. From the day we met we knew we were kindred spirits - so different, yet the same. Complementary and interconnected. From day one we just worked - like salt and pepper, and cinnamon and sugar.

Our shared sass, humour and wit brought us together. But our shared pain and struggle often drew us closer, through which we built our own little world in which we knew there was safety, no judgement, total acceptance and unconditional love.

JP you were my partner in crime, the sunshine in my rain, and the laughter in my pain. You were kind, caring, generous and loving, and my world is never going to be the same without you in it.

We had so many good times together, and I have so many memories and funny stories which I will never forget and will always share to keep your memory alive. Baby boy, I miss you every day, and my heart feels like it’s broken into a million pieces.

My sincerest and heartfelt condolences go to your mum and dad, your sister, Craig, and all your loved ones.

Rest well, my angel, and sleep in perfect peace. Together forever in love, your Queen, Meena xxxxxx

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Sabrina Marsh donated in memory of James

You are missed and will not be forgotten

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