Robert Kent (Bobby) McConnell

September 6, 1939 to July 5, 2017

He passed peacefully in his sleep in the presence of loved ones and is now at peace in Heaven.

Bob was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Alice and George McConnell. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Boston and went on to graduate from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. He later received his MBA.

Post graduation he joined the Army in 1962. He served 3 years and received expert rifle and sharp shooter as well as a good conduct medal. After leaving the armed forces he moved to Washington D.C. where he got a job as an accountant and met Barbara Ann Cooper, the love of his life. Their wedding took place on December 4th, 1965. Over the course of 52 years they had 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Throughout his life Bob was an extremely hard worker who was always willing to lend a helping hand.

In the mid 1970’s Bob moved his family from Pennsylvania to Knoxville, Tennessee. The whole family formed life long friendships with the Taylor and Van Dorselear families. Bob later moved his family in the late 80’s to Memphis to begin another adventure. 15 years later Bob finally retired from Carlos Well Supply and moved his family to his dream location of Southern California.

They took residency in Escondido, California for 15 years. Bob and Barbara both became a major part of their church, St. Mary Parish. In addition they worked and volunteered for the church and school for many years. Through the church and the school they made numerous amounts of new friends. Bob spoke so highly of each member of the church and of the many others living in the Escondido community.

Bob was an avid church goer, he went to mass every morning. After mass, he would spend hours downtown at the Taste of France Bakery, the coin shop, and the bookstore. He was a collector of many things including: 2 dollar bills, countless coins, and lots of papers! He saved everything from old report cards and ribbons to health records and newspaper clippings.

He was welcoming to all and loved to be surrounded by his family and friends. His greatest joy in life was his wife, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He was adamant about attending every single sporting event, birthday and holiday.

Bob spent his last months in Laguna Niguel at Adelanto Covenant Care. His caregivers Hope and Ted, were truly a blessing. We are so grateful for all the love and support through the duration of his last days.

Bob is survived by his wife Barbara, and his daughters and spouses, Kathy & Michael, Terri & Rob, and Ellen. His spirit and love is also embraced in his grandchildren: Bryan, Logan, Riley, and Savannah. He has passed onto a better place, but will continue to live through his loved ones each and everyday.

Mass St Mary Catholic Church
1170 S. Broadway
Escondido, .CA 92025

Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Dr.
San Diego , CA 92122

Reception: 3:00pm
A Delight of France
126 West Grand Ave Escondido 92025

Celebration of Life

  • Date: July 24, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: St. Mary Parish Church
  • Address: 1170 S. Broadway Escondido CA 92025
  • Directions: St. Mary Parish Church


  • Date: July 24, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

Cousin Kent will be fondly remembered by his extended family on the East Coast. Dick and I really enjoyed our visit to Memphis back in 1997. Kent will also be remembered for his great sense of humor. He teased us about coming to our wedding, only to make sure it was for real! Barbara, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Kent rest in peace.

Marjorie and Richard Connell on August 11, 2017

All of us at Escondido Coin & Loan all loved Bob and enjoyed his daily visits. He was a warm and caring child of God who loved his family. We already miss him greatly. His photo, which hangs on the wall in our hallway, will remain there in his honor. "Beardless Bob," as we called him was a blessing to many.

Ray Ellis on August 11, 2017

Dear Aunt Barbara Ann, Kathy, Terry, Ellen and Family. Our heartfelt love, prayers and sympathy are with you all. I only know of Losing a Dad and Grandpa is a space in your heart that is gone, but filled with happy memories and times you've had. Time will heal, but never forgotten. Love to All of you with huge hugs and prayers. Brenda and Kenton

Brenda Kniceley on August 11, 2017

Sending our thoughts and prayers to the McConnell family. Carol Cooper Shawn Cooper Teresa & Robert Shafer

Shafer on August 11, 2017

Dear Barbara & family, We send you our most heartfelt condolences. We loved Bob. He was so thoughtful to our girls at St. Mary, they still have their $2 bills and wrapped silver dollars and they knew he only gave them out to "special" people. He was always so supportive while Pat taught P.E. and he never missed a moment to talk to Kyle about his family, especially Logan and Kyle's military experiences. Truly a thoughtful, helpful and generous gentle man. We will miss seeing him walk the streets of Escondido with Barbara and bumping into him at the French Bakery. All our love & prayers to All, The Freitas Family

Kyle, Pat, Kylie & Sierra Freitas on August 11, 2017