Former Carolina Beach Police Officer “Big” Tom Connolly Passed Away Tuesday April 7th

Former Carolina Beach Police Officer “Big” Tom Connolly Passed Away Tuesday April 7th Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 08 April 2015 04:00

George T. Connolly, born March 16th, 1955, better known as “Big” Tom and recognized for his 22 years of service to the Town of Carolina Beach as a Police Officer, passed away Tuesday April 7th.
A service will be held Saturday April 11th at 2PM at the Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel at 4108 South College Road, Wilmington, NC.
Connolly made a positive impact on local youth by volunteering and coaching. His dedication to Dixie Youth Baseball, Pop Warner Football, Carolina Beach Youth Basketball, Carolina Beach School safety patrol adviser, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Carolina Beach Police Explorer program are just a few reasons he was chosen. If that isn’t enough Connolly served on the PTA and the PTO Board for Carolina Beach Elementary School, the Carolina Beach Boy Scout Board, the Carolina Beach Parks and Rec Advisory Committee, Carolina Beach Youth for Progress Board and most recently the Carolina Beach “Walk of Fame” Board.
In 1985 Connolly was recognized as both Police Officer of the Year and Public Servant of the Year by the Wilmington JC. In 1986 the Carolina Beach VFW awarded “Big” Tom as Officer of the Year. In addition Connolly holds a North Carolina Law Enforcement Certificate and President George W. Bush Public Service Award for volunteers 3500 hours of community service.
After retiring in 1997 Connolly went on to complete his four year degree in Criminal Justice and returned to his passion of working with youth, this time he took on families with special needs.
“Big” Tom has worked with the Brunswick County Special Olympics for the past 16 years coaching Basketball, Softball and Bowling all while serving on the Special Olympics Board of Directors until recent health issues of forced him to slow down.
Earlier this year the newly formed “Walk of Fame” committee and the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society recognized 10 people who have made a tangible and lasting contribution to the Town of Carolina Beach through outstanding leadership and service. The first stone honored “Big” Tom for his many years of service to Carolina Beach. The Walk of Fame is located at the Carolina Beach Lake.
Rest in peace "Big" Tom.

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