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The Islander community is mourning the death of Michael Connell, the beloved owner of Pub on the Drive. We will update readers when more information is released about a memorial.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Beloved Owner of Pub On the Drive Dies

By John Hayden

Michael Connell, the owner of Pub On the Drive, has passed away. Friends say he died overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. He suffered a stroke about a month ago, but the news of his death still came as a surprise. Connell appeared to be making a full recovery, and was making plans.

The Pub announced the news on social media, saying, “We are at a loss for words and heartbroken. Our beloved Michael Connell passed away in his sleep unexpectedly last night. He suffered a stroke last month & was still fragile. His close friends and family join us with tears of sadness & heartbreak but with such gratitude for having been able to share in his life. The amazing life of a great man whose legacy of love, compassion, humility, kindness & justice will leave those who knew him touched. Rest Easy Michael.” 

The news was still spreading through the community on Wednesday afternoon. At The Pub, most of the staff had gone home. The remaining crew carried their burden and carried on, but the sadness was palpable. 

Plans for memorial services have not been announced.


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