John J. "Jack" Kelly, 86, died Monday morning at Scranton Healthcare, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Lynch. They celebrated 61 years of marriage on Oct. 25, 2013.
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Born March 23, 1928, he was raised in the Providence section of Scranton, and resided in Scranton all of his life. He was the son of the late John and Dorothy McAndrew Kelly. He was a graduate of Holy Rosary High School and attended Virginia Polytechnical Institute and the University of Scranton.
An Army veteran, he served with the Army of Occupation in Japan, and served as assistant sports editor of the Pacific edition of the Army newspaper, Stars and Stripes. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Before retirement, he was employed in the news department of the Scranton Times-Tribune for 47 years. He was a sports reporter, copy editor and make-up editor, and won several statewide awards. He also wrote a weekly column for The Sunday Times for six years. He was a sports editor at the Catholic Light and secretary of the Catholic Basketball League Northern Division before joining The Scranton Times.
He was a former president of the Holy Rosary High School Alumni Association, a unit and local officer of the Scranton Local, American Newspaper Guild, a past officer of the Men and Women's Society of Christ the King Church, Dunmore, co-chairman of Christ the King Parish's 50th anniversary observation and active in the East Scranton Little League and Teener League.
He was a kind and thoughtful man and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was deeply loved and cherished by all his family, and we will treasure his memory forever.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Buck and husband, Brian; Colleen Richards and Eileen Kelly and a son, Brian Kelly, and his wife, Michelle, all of Scranton; 10 grandchildren, Kristin Richards Hodgins and husband, Tim; Adam Richards, Justin Richards, Kevin Buck and wife, Megan; Kelly Buck and fiancé, Michael Tigue; Peter Kelly, Aurora Kelly, Pierce Kelly, Lorelei Kelly and Emony Kelly. He also has three great-grandchildren, Tyler Hodgins, Caroline Buck and Kelsey Buck; and several cousins. A sister, Mae Kelly, died in 1938.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church on Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., Scranton. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home
323 William St Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on June 10, 2014