Timothy James Connell, 57, of Weirton, passed away Monday, August 24, 2009 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Born September 1, 1951, in Steubenville, OH, he was the son of the late Melvin and Thelma Weaver Connell. An eagle scout, Tim graduated from Weir High School in 1969. After a brief employment with Weirton Steel, he joined the Weirton Police Department in 1973. Retiring as a highly respected Lieutenant on the force, Tim started his career in the uniform division, and finished his police career as the Officer In Charge of the Detective Division. While serving his community, Tim was assigned to the Hancock Brooke Weirton Drug Task Force, served as the Fire Arms/ Range Instructor, where he trained fellow officers, and was named to the Governor's Top Twenty. Tim was currently serving as a WV State Lottery Commission Investigator. He was a member and past officer of the F.O.P. Lodge 84. Tim is survived by his wife Sandy Petrovich Connell of Weirton whom he married August 4, 1973; son Matthew Connell and his wife Alexsandra of Bridgeville, PA; sister Terri Flinn and her husband Rick and mother-in-law Dolores "Baba" Petrovich all of Weirton. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-4 and 6-9PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton where Pomen Services will be held at 7PM. F.O.P. will stand in honor from 6-7 PM and from 8-9 PM Thursday Funeral services will be celebrated 12:00 noon on Friday in the funeral home with The Very Reverend Father Rade Merick officiating. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, with Weirton Police Honor Guard and Firing Squad in attendance. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. Living across the street from Timmy when I grew up, I can always remember his beautiful smile. He will be missed deeply. Your family has the sincere sympathy of the entire Gordon Family. Love to all

  2. Dear Sandy & Family, From the younger days of growing up across the street from each other up till now, Tim has always been a very respectable, thoughtful and kind person. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bless you with the continuance of fond memories.

  3. Dear Sandy and family You have my heartfelt and understanding sympathy. Tim was such a wonderful person, I would enjoy talking to him when he would pick up his prescriptions. May God give you the strength to bear your loss and may your many wonderful, loving memories sustain you in the days to come. God’s Blessings Natalie Teaff

  4. Sandy, I can’t express the sadness of learning the news of Tim. I have fond thoughts of him from the baseball field when our sons were younger. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and your family.

  5. My Dear Cousin Sandy, My heart is filled with sadness over this tremendous loss. I will always remember how happy Tim was at Matt’s Wedding. For me, it was HIS day. All my very best to you and Aunt Dee. Love, love, love–Bobby

  6. Sandy, I am so sorry to learn of Tim’s death. What a huge loss. I remember him as a caring, good soul with a lot of integrity. It seems his life continued on with alot of achievements and helpfulness to the community. My heart goes out to you my friend. JoAnn Locascio Green

  7. Dear Sandy I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Although I haven’t seen you and Tim for twenty years, I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. JoAnn and I were just talking about you both last week. May God give you the strenth to get you through this very difficult time. An old friend is praying for you and your family. Respectfully, Mark Hicks

  8. Sandy and family, You have my deepest sympathy. May God be with you at this time of great loss and may your memories of Tim give you strength. Blessings, Melanie

  9. Sandy, you have my deepest sympathy on your loss of Tim. I have many fond memories of Tim from Boy Scouts and through high school. God Bless, Nick

  10. Sandy & Family, I am saddened to learn of your loss. Tim was a wonderful person and always available as a friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Sandy, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you at school very much! If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call.

  12. Dear Sandy and Matt, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you during this time of need.

  13. Sandy & Matt, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tim will be sadly missed in the neighborhood.

  14. Sandy,Matt I am sorry to hear of Tim’s passing, I always considered your family as a good friends. Matt, I am sure your dad was proud of you.

  15. Dear Sandy and Matthew, I know that the two of you probably do not rememer me but I am Brenda Higgin’s niece and the daughter of the late Harry Robinson. I wanted to extend my deepest condolences to the two of you. We have not seen each in years but I always remember how nice you were to my aunt when she was going thru that terrible divorce with my uncle, Kenny Higgins. I just remember what a nice couple the two of you were. Please know that you and Matthew are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dear Sandy & Family, Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Tim always impressed me as a gentle and kind person..God will be with you as you live the next few days,just as Tim will be!! Cindi Revay & Family

  17. Sandy, Please accept my condolences on your loss. My memories of Tim will be of a kind gentle person, who respected everyone he came in contact with. May God comfort you at this time. Jeanie

  18. I was sad to see that Tim has passed away.. I have not been back in Weirton for a long time .. I do remember Tim.. He was a good man

  19. Sandy & Mat: What an honor to have had Tim as a friend. So many laughs we had together along with comradery in law enforcement. How well I remember reporting to the W. Va. State Police Academy that first Sunday night and being late. After we took the verbal abuse from Sgt. Legurski (sp?), I looked over at Tim saying, What did we get ourselves into? He just raised his eyebrows and smiled saying, GOD O Mighty, I dont know Nick. Then we laughed. One laughing moment of thousands throughout the years! Our family sends deepest condolences. Memories Eternal!

  20. Dear Sandy & Family, I am sorry for your loss. Please take some comfort in knowing how much Tim was respected in his community. In 31 years of practicing law here, I never hear anyone speak ill of him. He was an honest caring policeman, husband, and father.

  21. Sandy and Family. We are sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My God bless you all. Tom & Donna Battista

  22. Dear Sandy, We are so sorry for your loss of Tim. I have so many good memories of you and Tim in High School. You were such a loving and happy couple. Later as we taught together we shared stories and I know Mat just got married and we wish them well. Lots of love, John and Sharon Manypenny

  23. Sandy & Matt, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. My dad, Ron, is Tim’s cousin. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Michelle

  24. Sandy, Although it has been many years since our paths have crossed I always thought you were such a sweet girl. When I moved away and found out you had married Tim, I thought what a wonderful match. I am so sorry for your loss and know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Sandy and family, It just doesn’t seem fair that he was taken so soon. I’ve always admired Tim, he reminds me so much of my brother Ron. I will keep you in my prayers. With Love, Lisa Connell

  26. Sandy: I am so sorry for your loss. Please email me if you need to talk. I know the loss you feel. Diana

  27. Mrs.Connell, I had’nt seen Tim before, but I bet he was a great man because you always talked about him. <3 I'll pray for you and Matt!! Love, Kalista Helmick

  28. Sandy, i am so sorry, tim was a great friend and a great man!! you have all my prayers, to you and your family. your friend always, randy l. bramhall

  29. Dear Connell Family: I met Tim as a young high school kid wanting to be a police officer in 1980. He always treated me with tremendous kindness and respect. He was the first to take me to the range, showed me all about weapons safety, shooting, and even helped me buy my first gun, which I still own to this day. I am now a retired, veteran police officer having worked my whole career in Florida. He was a great, guy, a brother officer, and I send my deepest respect and condolences.

  30. Dear Sandy, Matt and family, I was very sad to hear about Tim’s passing. I always remember him as having a locker near mine because of our last names beginning with the letter C. Tim was a good guy and I think that sums him up the best for me. Somehow you will find the character and strength to survive this life-changing event. Take one day at a time. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers. If I can be of help, please, call me any time. God Bless!!! Debi Calvarese Mahoney

  31. Dear Sandy,Matt and Family, Lisa Connell called me last night and I was very grieved to hear of Tim’s death. I send my prayers and love at this time of grief. I pray you be surrounded and strengthen with many graces from all your family and friends. I saw my first Drive in movie in West Va. with Tim and his fmaily. Juliette Gaines was my mother. Her mother was Aunt Pauline’s sister. Love, (Judy Gaines).

  32. Sandy, Brian and I were so sorry to hear about Tim’s passing. Life just doesn’t seem fair sometimes. He was a wonderful person. May you have the strength to get through the hard times ahead. We will keep you in our prayers. With love, Diane & Brian Kile

  33. Words cannot express the sorrow we have for all of you. Tim was so up beat and fun to be around. We have so many great memories of him. With each thought comes something he said that brings a smile to us. He will always be in our hearts as a great neighbor and close friend. Matt, He beamed with pride for you always, but especially at your wedding. We are so gateful for the time we got to spend with him just a few short weeks ago. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this very difficult time. Love to all and may God Bless.

  34. Sandy, I was deeply saddened when I heard of Tim’s passing. Being so far away I regret we were not able to attend the funeral, but trust, that you and your family were in my heartfelt prayers. I have many wonderful memories of Tim, expecially those as a kid. He was a great cousin and a special friend who led a very honorable life. My prayer for you is for the Lord to be with you and confort you during this time and for you to be assured that you will be reunited with Tim. In the meantime, rejoice in the joy of his memory.

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