On October 13th, 2009, Kevin Connell (class of 2008), was struck and killed by a car in Montreal, Canada. Kevin had been riding his bicycle, which he had been using to travel to and from work. After graduating from Thomas More College with a degree in literature, Kevin had moved to Montreal in March from his hometown of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada, to pursue a career as a musician. He was 23 years old.
Kevin was the second youngest of six children born to Maureen Connell and John Connell; his father died last year of cancer. Kevin was also the cousin of Thomas More College Literature professor Paul Connell. A graduate of James M. Hill High School in Miramichi, Kevin was a well-beloved student at the College and he leaves behind many grieving friends. Many of these friends gathered in the College chapel with faculty and staff the day after his death for a Mass said by Fr. Roger Boucher.
In his application essay to Thomas More College, Kevin said: “A heroic understanding places a good beyond one’s self interest. Heroism acknowledges our capacity for knowledge of truth; it is willing to make great sacrifices for this understanding.” His senior thesis was entitled “Shadows of the Mythopoetic: The Visionary Poet and Mythology.”
College President William Fahey expressed the sentiments of the Thomas More community: “The sudden news and tragic circumstances of Kevin Connell’s death are difficult for all those who remember him at the College. For such a small community to have endured this loss, especially on the heels of other recent alumni deaths, is sobering. We take comfort in being able to offer prayers for the repose of Kevin’s soul and for the souls of all our deceased alumni. I have asked the students to remember Kevin in their prayers now and throughout the month of November in particular. Mass was offered for him today at the College and we continue to pray for his family.”