John Ellsworth Kelly McCluskey

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John Ellsworth Kelly McCluskey

John Ellsworth Kelly McCluskey, born in Boston, Massachusetts, at Christmas time 1926, to Mary Kelly McCluskey and Colonel William Joseph McCluskey.
"Jack" to his beloved wife Margaret and "O'Kelly" to many, was in his 84th "trip around the sun," as he liked to say.
He died Thursday the 11th of February 2010, with his wife and family at his side.
He served his country that he loved so much in both the Navy and Air Force and was profoundly shaped by the loss of his best friend in World War II. He walked the walk of his convictions: a 1968 anti-war candidate for congress, a gray-haired Veterans for Peace marcher, a man who never held back in testifying to his own experience of war, he strived to make this world a more peaceful place for his grandchildren. A world traveller, painter, poet, attorney; he had many an Irishman's grand tale to share over a pint.
A private family wake was the loving send-off to our Jack, O'Kelly, Dad, "Grampa Jack", "Greencrow". A Veterans for Peace memorial service is planned for early March.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veterans for Peace www.veteransforpeace.org, local Seattle chapter 92.
"And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
(Robert Frost)



Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 21, 2010