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Dr. Sherrill A. "Ted" Conna

April 20, 2016
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Message from J Nunnally
May 17, 2016 8:07 PM

I am sorry to learn of your family loss. The passing of a love one is painful. You have my deepest sympathy. I'd like to share scripture that may bring comfort and hope.

1Thes. 4:13, 14 reads...Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who are sleeping in death, so that you may not sorrow as the rest do who have no hope. If we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.

John 11:25 lets us know this...Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.

Daniel 12:2 also lets us know...And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up, some to everlasting life........

John 6:40 tells us why these words are faithful and true...For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life and I will resurrect him on the last day.

I sincerely want these scriptures the bring hope and help your family endure.
Message from Arnold Knepfer
May 5, 2016 2:44 AM

Ted and I were really close friends, starting in I think the third grade, P.S. 27, which is when he, Leon, and his very sweet parents moved to Hawthorne Ave., around the corner from us. We were at 106 Valentine Lane. Years later we moved to 80 Belvedere Drive, but that was still just a short walk. We were always very aware of how many interests we had in common. Especially classical music. We had a little group of kids who were trying to start an orchestra. We would meet at Bernice Morris’ house, on Belvedere Drive. Ted was to be the leader and conductor. That was only logical since he was the drum major for the Hawthorne Jr. H. S. marching band. We were trying to play a concerto; I can’t remember if it was Tschaikovsky or Rachmaninoff. I do remember there was a beautiful theme in the first movement, and I wanted to try to play that first. But Ted wanted to work on the third movement for some reason! He didn’t get very far with that, met only a few times.

I remember a funny thing that happened. There was supposed to be a meteor shower. It was to happen in the middle of the night, 2 or 3 AM. We agreed to meet outside, between our houses, and watch, weather permitting. Well, I did wake up in time, but even though the weather permitted, I just couldn’t (well, didn’t) get out of my warm comfortable bed to go outside. Ted did, and criticized me the next day (mildly and humorously) for giving in to my desire for comfort rather than getting up to do something of scientific interest!

We had lots of intellectual discussions, covering all sorts of subjects, from the benefits of nose-picking all the way to free will and determinism. When we were somewhere around the age of 10 to 12 years, we agreed that since human behavior was determined, people couldn’t really be blamed for their bad behavior. But, for the sake of society, they had to be held responsible!

I remember a discussion about which would be worse, to go blind or to go deaf. Since we both loved classical music, we agreed that going deaf would be worse. But that did take a lot of discussing!

I remember when Ted was drum major for the band, we used to both be really bothered by how Isobel Craig, the other drum major(ette) would start marching with her right foot whereas the left foot is supposed to coincide with the first beat of the music! It really bothered Ted and me!

Sometimes we’d be on a walk, and didn’t say much, and then later would come up with the same thought simultaneously. Well, I guess that happened a few times. So when we both ended up going into psychiatry, that was kind of a repeat of those coincidences, if you follow me.

When I went to college in the Midwest, and he back East, or maybe it was when he was in the service, we pretty much lost contact. But then we resumed it years oater. I remember visiting Ted and Mary Lou at their warm, comfortable house on One Folly Lane. I remember meeting you at “the diner” in Yonkers.

We both happened to be in Yonkers when our high school class had its 50th reunion (somewhere up the river, maybe Hastings). The only reason I went was because Ted would be there. And it was wonderful!.

Ted was always really sweet to my mother, when she lived alone, visiting her when he’d come down from Worcester.

And her kitchen was brightened by the great clock made and given to her by Mary Lou.

Donald Leff, who had lived, as a kid, on Sunnyside Drive, always wanted the three of us to get together and walk around the neighborhood, on what he called “a nostalgia tour”. But we never did.

—Condolences to all,

—Arnold
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Message from Dave Conna
May 12, 2016 11:15 PM

Arnold: thanks very much for all those memories of your time with my father. I don't think any of us knew much about his childhood - so it is nice to hear the stories.

He talked of you and your mother often - and very fondly.

Dave Conna
Message from Gregory Mistovich
May 4, 2016 12:00 PM

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God."
This was Dr. Conna. But don’t mistake kindness for weakness, because Dr. Conna was kind, but by far the opposite of weak.
We had a business relationship for over 35 years, but I thoroughly enjoyed our occasional conversations involving economics, environment, and things philosophical and ephemeral.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
You will be missed,
Your friend,
Greg

Message from Richard and Mickey Kolbe and family
May 3, 2016 4:41 PM

The pictures are great and thank you for sharing his life with us. We learned so many things we never knew--well, Uncle Dick knew it as he visited them in North Carolina and has been around longer than I have. Ted Conna was a brilliant, wonderful man and a gift to all. The tributes his sons have written really capture his life. God Bless. Peace and Love, Dick and Mickey
Message from Sylvia Schroeder
May 3, 2016 2:06 PM

A fine colleague and very good friend. He loved his family,was generous and kind and acted on his beliefs. I have many fond memories of time spent together;trips to the West with both Mary Lou and Ted(and none of us will ever forget the shared bridal sweet in Great Falls, MT) and long walks speculating about the cosmos, peace, hunger, global warming and the fading discipline of "talking" therapy. I am glad he is at rest because the past few years were hard.Now you live in our hearts and minds.
Message from Nancy Isaacs Klein
May 2, 2016 8:57 PM

My sincerest condolences. I went all through school with Ted - we had some really good times over the years. That smile that shows in his later pictures was just the same 70 or so years ago. May you all find comfort in the many happy memories you shared.
Message from Jane Freed
May 2, 2016 5:24 PM

I was sad to learn of Ted's passing and of his difficult last weeks. I hope you can remember the good times. He was a fine, caring man, and I enjoyed working with him for many years at Worcester Youth Guidence Center. May he rest in peace.

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