KELLY, Eugene G., Born 1925 in New York City. Gene received a heart transplant in 1991 and was grateful to the generous donor that helped extend his life until June 3, 2013. Beloved husband of Kathryn (Penny) Thomas Kelly. Gene was preceded in death by daughter, Allison Eugenia Kelly, father, Dennis H. Kelly, mother, Mary Wrynn Kelly, and brother, Lawrence. Gene attended Chaminade Catholic High School in Mineola, NY and entered military service in 1943. He served in both theaters of WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day; thereafter, he proudly served with the Marines (1-3-5) in the Pacific receiving wounds on Okinawa and returning to service after hospitalization in preparation for the invasion of Japan. He served with the Marines in China before discharge. Gene had a long and distinguished career with U.S. Customs. He began as a messenger for the government while attending Long Island University where he majored in Political Science. He became a Special Agent for U.S. Customs in New York City. He was AttachÂ‚ for the U.S. Treasury Dept. in Montreal and also held positions with Customs in Philadelphia, Buffalo, Miami, Portland, Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington, DC where he ended his career as Chief of the Fraud Division and then Chief of Foreign Investigations and U.S. Representative to INTERPOL. Gene worked with the Attorney Generals Office to effect a joint effort in special cases and pioneered an Advanced Fraud Seminar that coordinated training of 750 agents world wide. His network of associates was international and he enjoyed spending time with these friends in retirement. He is mourned by many. A Memorial Mass will be said for this gallant warrior at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Nativity Catholic Church, 705 East Brandon Blvd, Brandon FL 33511. Interment willl be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Honorary pallbears are Paul R. Schmidt, William Strehlau, Robert Charlesworth, U.S. Customs, Raymond Perez, U.S. Customs, Andrew J. Hoffman, U.S. Customs, and Alan D. Wall, U.S. Customs. Donations may be made to the Inova Fairfax Heart Transplant Fund and mailed to Debbie Campbell, Director of Heart Transplant Services, 3300 Gallows Road, Fall Church, VA 22042 marked for use for "under-insured patients only" or to www.woundedwarriorproject.org where you are able to make a one time donation. These were both dear to Gene, one for obvious reasons and the other was an outgrowth of Gene's time as a Combat Corpsman with the U.S. Marines.
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Published in TBO.com on June 22, 2013