William Connelly, superintendent of common carrier and landlines in the telecommunications
branch, retired on August 11.
Mr. Connelly was born at
North Bay, Ontario, and received his
education at Shawville,
He spent the first World War in the naval service and joined the Department (then called Marine and Fisheries) in 1919.
During the latter part of
his service, Mr. Connelly had been
active in the nationalization of the commonwealth telecommunications
system, the forming of the Canadian Overseas Telecommunication Corporation and the work of the International
Telecommunications Union. He headed
Canadian delegations to several international telecommunications
Of major significance is his contribution to the planning for the round-the-world telephone cable system now being
established by commonwealth
He received an MBE in
1946 in recognition of his active
participation in the development and operation of a training program for staff engaged in wartime detection work.