Richard F. "Chop" Kelley

Richard F. "Chop" Kelley, 71, of Stafford Springs, formerly of South Windsor and Clearwater, Fla., beloved husband of Joan (Moynihan) Kelley, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

He was born in Hartford, son of the late Daniel and Madeline (Foley) Kelley. He was in the Our Lady of Sorrows Drum Corp and graduated from Hartford Public High School Class of 1959. He and his brother, Danny, were star baseball players at Hartford Public High School. Chop was a firefighter and deputy chief aide, for the Hartford Fire Department, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Emerald Society and past president and board member of the Hartford Firefighters Protective Association, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, East Hartford. He was an avid Yankees fan and umpired for American Legion and local high schools.

Besides his wife, he leaves his three daughters, Kerry Kelley, and her husband, Robert Prestash, of West Hartford, Kristin and Arnold Corpus of Stafford, Jennifer and Greg Cohen of South Windsor; and his cherished granddaughters, Madeline and Caitlin Corpus. He also leaves a brother, Daniel J. Kelley Jr. of Largo, Fla.; his sister, Nancy Sanstrom of Portland; a nephew, Daniel Sanstrom of Portland; a sister-in-law, Ann Greco, and her husband, Sal, of Glastonbury; brothers-in-law, Frank Moynihan, and his wife, Shirley, of West Hartford, and Daniel and Debbie Moynihan of Bolton; and his aunt, Eileen Foley of West Hartford. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by a brother-in-law, Linus Sanstrom.

Funeral procession will be Monday, Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. from the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows, 79 New Park Ave., Hartford. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Calling hours will be Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stafford Springs Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 147, Staffordville, CT, 06077.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27, 2013