Joseph E. Hennelly, 66, of Hoschton, GA, passed away on Friday, September 28, 2012. He was born on January 30, 1946 in New York, NY. He is preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Nellie Hennelly O'Sullivan and a brother Richard Hennelly. Joe is survived by two sisters Margaret and Frances and two brothers Patrick and Thomas. Also surviving are his two sons Paul Kim and Dennis Tara and six grandchildren, Kaylee, Kyle, Allison, Kathryn, Reese and Kaden. Joe was a Vietnam Veteran, a retired air traffic controller with 35 years of federal service and a proud former volunteer firefighter. His true calling however was serving as a proud and steadfast father of two sons and a doting grandfather to his six favorite little people in the world. A visitation will be held on October 4, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at the Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 770 277-4550. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Vietnam Vets of America, 8719 Colesville Rd. Suite # 100, Silver Springs, MD 20910. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Joe was a wonderful person who always put his family first. He loved his sons and grandchildren dearly. We will always treasure the special memories we shared with him RIP Joe You always hold a special place in our hearts.

  2. Kim, Paul, Dennis, Tara & Family:
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences from Grandpa, Nancy
    Sally & Jim. We are thinking about
    you and praying for you.
    Lots of Love Aunt Nancy & Family

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I am lifting your family up in my prayers. I pray for peace and comfort in this very difficult time. Paul, please know your Duluth family is thinking of you and are here for you! We love you!!

    Cathy Perkins
    Duluth High School

  4. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about your dad’s passing. We are here to support you in your grieving process. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.

  5. Much love & sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Lots of wonderful memories of family gatherings with Uncle Joe. His visits to Jersey with his many photos of his precious Grandchildren That he loved so very much.As well as being a proud Father & Father in law.

  6. Paul and Dennis, my heart sunk when I learned the news. Your dad will always be a remarkable father, grandfather, and human being. I have many fond memories of my visits to Long Island, your dad’s military survival tips, and his night time battles w/ Mr. Bones’ noisy rubber mice. I wish you both healing and comfort during this difficult time. I donated $94 to the VVA in honor of the “94 Hennelly” swab summer ball cap your dad wore so proudly. God bless. – JoeyD

  7. Paul – we are praying for you and your family. Your dad must have been a very special man to have a son such as yourself. We will be lifting you up these next days and weeks. Your family is very special to ours.

  8. Paul, Kim, Dennis,& Tara,
    I will always remember the fun times we had with Joe at family gatherings and the many laughs we shared.
    I remember how he took my Dad he called him “Big Mike” to the Doctors when we lived in Florida when my Dad was so sick, he just helped everyone as much as he could.
    He was a great father, grandfather, and a great friend.
    Joe, RIP I will miss you so very much.

  9. Paul,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your Dad once at the Academy – he made me laugh and was so proud of you. I made a donation to the VVA in his name. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  10. Paul, Dennis and Family,
    Our heartfelt condolences from the Yulo Family Frank, Suzie, Camille and Andy of Holbrook, NY. We were your next door neighbor and we only knew your family and especially your dad in a short time while you were here, but we remember him as a good family man. May his soul rest in peace……

  11. Dennis & Tara,

    JJ and I were so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Joe. Although I only met him a few times, it is apparent as to what kind of man he was based on his family’s love for him. Our family’s thoughts are with you and yours.

  12. Paul: I so sorry to for the loss of your father. I know how hard it is to lose someone that is for sure. I was informed of this early Saturday morning at our parade and thought about you the whole time while we marched and how you were there in the beginningwe have pictures, too! to support the kids. You are a tremendous person and I know your Dad is very proud of you and what you represent. On behalf of all of the Lacrosse family, we wish you the best in this time. God works in mysterious ways but always for a reason. Stephanie and I hope you can understand all of this and we support you. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Give your kids and wife a hug!
    Stephanie and Jerry Consie

  13. Dennis and Hennelly Family, My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family while you carry this great burden of grief, the loss of a father and grandfather. Dennis if you should need a friend during your grieving please do not hesitate to reach out you have a large family in blue. As the Irish say…

    “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face.May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.”

  14. Paul,
    I know that your father must have been a great man to have produced and raised such a fine person as yourself. I hope you know that you are one of my closest and truest friends and I look up to you in so many ways. I consider myself very privileged that God put me at Duluth the same time as you. I have learned so much from you and am so grateful we worked side by side. I am truly sorry for your loss, and it broke my heart to hear this news because I knew how you must be feeling. I have been praying for your family and will continue to do so. I know we will talk more throughout this year, but never hesitate to call if you need anything, whether big or small. Love ya man.

  15. Paul, we were very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that all of you are in are thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please know that we are there for support and anything that you and the family may need.

    May God comfort and bless you

    Richard, Margaret, Ryan and Shannon Middleton

  16. Dennis and Tara,
    Karen and I both are so sorry for your loss and hold you in our prayers, hearts and thoughts during this difficult time. I never met your father, but because I know you and your character, I can only imagine the wonderful man he was. If there is anything we can do in any way, please let us know. God Bless you all.

  17. Coach: We will be praying for you and your family through this difficult loss of your father. I have no doubt that he was a great man of character and strength just like you. The Duluth Lacrosse Family will support you in the healing days to come. We pray for peace for you and your family members.

  18. My first contact with Mr. Joe was March 2011. I had just opened the bagel store in Dacula. He came in on the first Sunday morning and was very excited that we had opened and he would be able to have freshly baked bagels for his family including Sadie the dog.

    I looked forward to Sunday mornings as I would travel the world through his little stories. I would visit with his mother in Ireland, and all over New York. Family meant everything to him.

    It seems as if I had known Mr. Joe for over 50 years. My husband and I will certainly miss Mr. Joe and I will always remember Sadie as my dog bones are known as “Sadie Bones”

    We will see you later… friend…Beverley and Neville
    Bagels and More

  19. I’ve known Joe since I am able to remember anything! Always smiling, always kind, always sweet. Hennelly was a respected name in our neighborhood in NYC, and still is today. The world is missing one of the truly good guys.

  20. Dennis, Tara and the whole Hennelly Clan, from our family to yours, we would like to send you all our deepest thoughts and prayers in this time of need. Mr. Hennelly is and will always be a man of character, strength and honor, a man that I can say I am proud to have known and have been around, a man that has provided the same knowledge and traits to his family to make them who they are today. All the best, Brian, Nicole & Sophia

  21. uncle joe,
    you were a great man who i admired very much. the last time we were together you were all smiles and pulled me aside to wisper a few jokes in my ear as you always did. paul and dennis my love to you and your families we are thinking of you.. a great ny father and grandfather who i will miss a great deal. love jimmy, alissa, shane and desmond.

  22. I first met Mr. Joe back in 2008 when I started working at his favorite bagels store. He would come in every Sunday to get bagels for his family and the wonderful Sadie. Then about a year later I had to leave the bagel store, but I never forgot about Mr. Joe and Sadie.
    With Gods help I got to see Mr.Joe again in March 2011 when the bagel store was reopened. There he was walking in the doors on our first Sunday we were opened, When I see his face my day was brighter. I always looked forward to Sundays just because of Mr. Joe and Sadie Cause i just knew my day was going to be much brighter. My sundays were know has Sadie Day, and will forever be. Thank Mr. Joe for making my life a little brighter with your wonderful spirit. Until we meet again Mr.Joe you will be missed but never forgotten.
    Linda from Bagels and More

  23. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”…….God bless you, your family and all those who are grieving with you during this difficult time.

  24. Dear Coach Hennelly & Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Times like this are difficult to bear but please know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers!
    –Greg, Jane, Nolan
    & Rebecca Graham

  25. Dennis, we are sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our family is praying for you during this difficult time.

  26. Paul and family…
    Your family is in my prayers. I pray that the God of all comfort gives the comfort and strength that only he can provide in this time. The Duluth Lacrosse Family wants you to know how much we appreciate your selfless efforts in building such a wonderful program. We want to support you in this challenging time.

    Scott and Judy Gage

  27. Paul and Dennis,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your families as you mourn the passing of your loving father.

  28. Dennis,

    I would like to extend my deepest condolonces on behalf of my family to yours for the loss of your Dad. Please know we are here for you and your brother’s family for whatever you may need. This same sediment is shared by all members of the squad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Our heartfelt condolences are being sent out to the entire Hennelly family and everyone touched by Mr. Joseph Hennelly. I know my cousin Tara loved her father-in-law to pieces and that he was a wonderful Grandfather. May you all find peace and cherish all the memories you have of him…God Bless!

  30. Coach,
    Grace and family send their condolences to you on the loss of your father.
    Cheryl, Dave, and Grace Carnazzo

  31. My husband Vinnie attended the memorial service with many soft ball team members from Deaton Creek.
    I’d like to share a special memory of your father/grandpa. Our granddaughter Isabella was just 8 months a few days ago. While pregnant with Isabella our daughter Kris was very sick and hospitalized twice with high fevers of unknown origin. During that time Joe called and inquired several times about our daughter Kris. Baby and our daughter are perfectly healthy! I want you to know how kind and caring he was during this difficult time in our family.

  32. Dear Coach Hennelly,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what it must be like. Your players love and appreciate you. You will be in our prayers.

    Ansley Coles & Family

  33. I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. Death is never an easy thing to experience for anyone, especially when it was someone who was really close to our hearts. I hope the scripture at Rev.21:3-4 brings you the comfort that you need.

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