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George J. KELLY

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KELLY, George J.
George J. Kelly, 91, of Parkville, MD, passed away peacefully on November 1. Born in Richmond, Virginia on July 17, 1922, he leaves behind his beloved wife Anne McDonnell Kelly. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara Jones Kelly, and is survived by their five children: George J. Kelly, Jr. and his wife Gretchen, of Wethersfield, CT; Ki Miller and her husband Tuck of West Hartford, CT; Mary Dyer and her husband Dennis of Beverly, MA; Margaret Zacchei and her husband David of Wethersfield, CT; and John Kelly and his wife Angela of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also survived by his cherished sister Mary Price of Norfolk, Virginia, and was predeceased by his brothers, Dr. Frank R. Kelly, Jr. and Lt. Col. Charles E. Kelly. He was endlessly delighted by his ten grandchildren, Jeff Miller, Katherine Kelly Ten Broeck, Kim Mellett, Beth Dyer, Michael Kelly, Dan Zacchei, Kathleen Dyer, Christine Zacchei and Samantha and Christopher Kelly, and by his nine great-grandchildren. Over the past 14 years he was fortunate to become a part of the McDonnell family, whose members welcomed him warmly and loved him dearly. George was a proud graduate, and fiercely devoted fan, of the University of Notre Dame. He was a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II, when he flew Corsair fighter planes. He spent more than 40 years as a public relations professional in Washington, D.C. and New York. George J. (Pop) Kelly enriched countless lives just by being himself, and his incomparable wit and generosity of spirit will serve as enduring landmarks on a road map to a life well lived.
There will be a visitation period at the Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8820 Walther Blvd., Parkville, MD at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Coordinators2inc (a Lifetime Adoption Resource, offering a full range of support services to children and families before, during, and after adoption), 8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23229; or Father Burke Scholarship Fund, (providing financial assistance for students attending St. Francis of Assisi School), c/o St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 3615 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21218.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 10, 2013
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