Newport, RI City Official Hit by Taxi, Dec 1943


Former City Official Struck on Broadway

Was Former Sealer of Weights And Measures and Representative Council Member.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in St. Joseph's Church for John J. Connell, of 37 Van Zandt avenue, a member of the old Representatives Council, former sealer of weights and measures and inspector of kerosene, who died at the Newport Hospital early Saturday after being hit by a taxicab on Broadway near Calvert street about 11:45 P. M. last Friday.

D. P. P. Ciarla, medical examiner, performed an autopsy at day at the hospital, Dr. Robert Bestoso, who treated Mr. Connell the hospital, Dr. Robert Restoso, who treated Mr. Connell might have died of a heart attack.

According to Thomas F. Kitchen, 19, of Third street, driver of the taxi, he was going north about 20 miles an hour and did not see Mr. Connell until the car was almost on top of him. The right front of the grill struck him, but he was conscious and in a half-sitting position when Kitchen went to his aid. Edward Shea, fireman at the Opera House, telephoned for the city ambulance, Mr. Connell died about 12:30 A. M.

Born here 60 years ago, Mr. Connell was for many years manager of the Texas Company's plant on Waite's wharf. When the plant was closed, he acted as the company's representative and salesman in this area. He retired about seven years ago.

His wife, Margaret A. Connell, died about 13 years ago. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Seitz, of Great Neck, L. I., and three sons, Raymond, chief storekeeper, in the navy; Edward, with whom he made his home; and John, as well as a brother, Patrick Connell, formerly city sanitary inspector. He was a member of Newport Council, Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus recited the rosary Monday evening at the son's home.

The funeral of John J. Connell was held Tuesday from the home of his son, Edward J. Connell, 37 Van Zandt avenue to St. Joseph's Church. A mass of requiem was said by the Rev. Charles J. Mahoney, vice chancellor of the diocese. Burial was in St. Columba's cemetery. The bearers were Louis W. Maguire, William Champion, William Payton, Jack Barker, James Stewart and James Smith.

Newport Mercury And Weekly News, Newport, RI 17 Dec 1943