Marc Connolly of Shelton was recognized by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce for his work on healthcare issues and for providing assistance to the late James Goodman of Shelton during a long illness.

Goodman, who was an active chamber member, died at age 53 in March. He had been president of Goodman Insurance in Shelton, served on the Shelton Conservation Commission, and was a lifelong resident of Huntington.

Bill Purcell, Greate Valley Chamber president, said Connolly and Goodman became close friends after meeting as Boy Scout leaders. As Goodman’s heath declined, Connolly had “helped with anything and everything that Jim and his family needed,” Purcell said.

The award was presented to Connolly during the recent Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby.

‘Led by example’

Connolly called Goodman “a quiet person who always led by example,” and now when Connolly confronts difficult situations he will ask himself, “What would Jim do?”

Goodman had undergone two organ transplants, and his wife Susan was at the chamber meeting. He and Susan have two sons, Allen and Christopher.

Goodman Insurance had been started by James’ father Arnold, and now is in downtown Shelton.

Connolly oversees Liberty Rehab and Patient Aid Center, with four offices in southwestern Connecticut.

He urged people in the audience to set up an organ transplant day at their businesses to honor Goodman. “Let’s carry on his legacy today, tomorrow and into the future,” Connolly said of his late friend.