St Agnes Rectory
186 Woburn St
Reading, MA 01867
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Edward W. Kelly

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Edward W. Kelly Obituary
Edward Walter Kelly, most recently of Nashua, New Hampshire, died peacefully on Monday, October 23, 2017. He was 99 years old. Ed was born on September 28, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, the second son of Sidney and Elizabeth Kelly. As a boy during the Great Depression, he worked several jobs in Brooklyn and Manhattan to help support his family. He served with honor in the U.S. Navy beginning in 1944 and was later stationed at Pearl Harbor preparing for the invasion of Japan when the war ended in August 1945. Following the war, Ed moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Marge and son Bob and soon after to Reading, Massachusetts working for several decades as a manufacturers representative selling electrical equipment for the Russell & Stoll Company. While Ed avidly enjoyed socializing with a wide circle of friends, he most loved being with his wife and four sons, particularly attending his sons various football, basketball, and baseball games, and taking the familys annual August vacation through the early 1960s in Little Neck, Ipswich. For many years, he was an active member of St. Agnes Church and Parish in Reading, teaching CCD religious classes and participating in the annual plays, musicals, and other St. Agnes fund-raising events. He was also a member of the Reading chapter of the Knights of Columbus and served as the Commissioner of Reading Little League Baseball. Later in his life, two memorable events were a solo car trip across the United States at the age of 80; and his vacation in Ireland where at the age of 86 he climbed the long, narrow steps to the top of Blarney Castle and kissed the famous Blarney Stone to the delight of the crowd cheering him on. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Mary Kelly (ne Flynn) and his oldest son, Robert Francis. He is survived by three sons, Tom of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Bill of Needham, Massachusetts, and Jack of Belmont, Massachusetts, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ed will always be remembered for his devotion to family, his integrity, and his great sense of humor and fun. Please join the Kelly family for an informal celebration of Eds life on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at the Parish Center behind St. Agnes Church at 186 Woburn Street in Reading. The celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with brief reminiscences to be made at 4:30 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations to the (www.alz.org/) or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. www. nationalmssociety.org/.
Published in The Wakefield Observer from Nov. 7 to Nov. 15, 2017
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