THOMAS J. KELLY, age 57 of Sugar Land, passed away on Saturday July 26, 2003, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 20, 1946 in New York, NY to Joseph and Margaret Kelly. A proud American and decorated veteran of both the Vietnam War and the New York City Police Department, T. K. moved to Florida in 1986 and served as commander of VFW Post # 8087 in Mt. Dora. He was instrumental in the founding of AMVETS Post # 1992 in Tavares, where he also served as commander. <logo id = "543"/>Tommy was proud of his U.S. Coast Guard, Master Captain status and spent many years as a charter fishing captain in New York and Florida. T.K. later enjoyed running inland cruises in Central Florida. In November 2002 he moved to Sugar Land to be closer to his children & grandchildren. Tommy will always be remembered by all as a kind and gentle man, his many friends and loving family will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his loving wife, Kathleen M. Kelly; step-daughter, Tara Brawley and husband Andy of Chicago, IL; step-sons, Frank Reilly of Katy and Michael Reilly and wife Stephanie of Sugar Land; sisters, Susan Kelly of Orlando, FL, Florence Codding and husband Thomas of Eustis, Florida and their children, Jennifer Codding, Tommy Codding and wife Lydia and their son Joseph; brother, Edward Kelly and wife Genny of Lilburn, GA and their daughter, April Kelly and children Connor and Cassandra; grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Megan, Michael-Benjamin and Shelbi Reilly. Upon his marriage to Kathleen in 1983, Tommy became a much-loved member of her large family and as such, also leaves behind 10 brothers-in-law, 12 sisters-in-law and 22 nieces and 14 nephews. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family on Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 6:00 PM at The Settegast-Kopf Co. at Sugar Creek (Williams Trace Exit) with a Memorial Celebration of Tommy's life beginning at 7:30 PM. Inurnment to be held at Houston National Cemetery in Houston with full military honors.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 30, 2003