Denny Connors, 74, passed away on Tuesday, September 14th after a long battle with prostate cancer with his wife and children by his side. Denny was the son of Harry (deceased) and Carol (Chase) Connors. He is the beloved husband of Renee Russell Connors, father to Colin (Annie) Connors, Meghan (Chris) Adamski, and Kristen (Keith) Zabela. Widower of Suzanne Klose-Connors. Stepfather to Brittney, Michael and Scott Russell; Fred (Jen) Klose and Jason (Nikki) Klose. Nephew of Nick (Sue) Chase. Brother of Duke (Shawn) Connors, Charles (Nancy) Connors, Tommy Connors, John (John, deceased) Connors, Chris (Nancy) Connors, Carol Ann (Neal) Barkett, and Kate Connors. He was the cherished “Pop” to Corbin, Ansley, Quinn, Cameron, Luke, Owen, Connor, Lily, Paige, Orion, Joey and Julie. He was THE Uncle Denny to many nieces and nephews. He loved and was loved by many close friends and colleagues.
Denny was born on June 11, 1947 and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He loved his country and was a proud veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, stationed in Thailand. After returning home he attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He began his career in sales in the coal and mining industry, while raising his family in Bethel Park, PA. He excelled as the Director of Sales and Marketing at R.G. Brewton before retiring in 2014. Denny enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife, family and friends, golfing, writing, beach vacations, and emceeing the annual “Harryman.”
Denny was a romantic and always poured his heart into his passions. He was a story-teller at heart. In 2019, his candid memoir, “It’s Me, Until It’s You,” was published. He detailed his personal struggle with prostate cancer with the hope that it would raise awareness for others. While Denny had many professional and personal achievements, family was always the most important and he instilled that in his children.
Denny was the light of any room he was in — generous, kind, and always lifting people up. His personality was as infectious as his laugh. His absence will always be felt and his shoes can never be filled.
Family and friends received Tuesday from 1-3 and 5-7 PM at the Warchol Funeral home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412.221.3333). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 1 PM at St. Barbara Church of Corpus Christi Parish. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his honor to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 11676 Perry Highway, Suite 1200, Bldg #1, Wexford, PA 15090.