The man who died when swept away by flood waters in the Town of Russia Friday has been identified as Father J. Thomas Connery, a Roman Catholic priest in the Albany Dioceses. Father Connery died when attempting to cross Factory Brook via Military Road in the Herkimer County Town of Norway.
Fr. Connery was assigned to St. Joseph & St.. Anthony parish in Herkimer, as well as st John the Baptist Church in Newport. Fr. Connery had been in the priesthood for 59 years.