Eugene F. Kelly
1926 - 2016
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Eugene F. Kelly

AGE: 90 • Tampa, Fla.

Eugene (Gene) F. Kelly, 90, of Tampa, Florida, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Gene Kelly was born and raised in Jersey City and was the son of Dr. James E and Elizabeth E Kelly. He raised his family in Mountainside, NJ, and Darien, CT, before moving to Tampa 32 years ago with his wife. Gene left school and went to work as a young teenager, to support his mother, after the death of his father. He worked at Bond Bread packing bread crumbs and was known to say "It was a crummy job but I made a lot of dough". Through perseverance, he completed high school and went on to graduate from Seton Hall University, and obtain his CPA, all while working during the day and attending classes at night. He also taught accounting at Seton Hall for 10 years. He had a successful career as a financial executive, starting with Boyce, Hughes & Farrell then onto Price-Waterhouse, and ultimately moving onto Rheingold Corp, which was subsequently acquired by PepsiCo. He rose to the level of Executive Vice President of PepsiCo International traveling worldwide. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War stationed in San Francisco and a member of the AICPA. While in Mountainside, he served as President of the school Board at Our Lady of Lourdes School, which his children attended. Gene was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, known for maintaining a positive outlook and zest for life, notwithstanding the hardships and losses he faced. He enjoyed playing his organ and ukulele and entertaining family and friends as the "magic man". He enthusiastically embraced modern technology by connecting with friends and family via his IPad.

Gene was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joan (nee O'Brien) Kelly, in 1990. He was also predeceased by a son, Mark O'Brien Kelly, in 1994, a daughter, Adrienne, in infancy, a granddaughter, Ashley Kelly, in 2008, and by his siblings, James E. Kelly and Elizabeth Kelly Bishop. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Paul F. and Karen Kelly, of Newtown, CT, his daughter, Alison J. Kelly, of Tampa, FL., and his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Jeffrey Willard, of Landenberg, PA. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Adam, Ian, Connor, Matthew, Brendan and Meagan Kelly, and Tracy and Jeffrey Willard, and his sister, Janet Hughes and husband Jim of Long Branch, NJ.

Visitation will take place at O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 3-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, NJ 07762 on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:30 AM, followed by Burial at St. Catharine Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Kelly's memory may be made to Friends of the County Parks and Recreation, Inc. PO Box 271911, Tampa, FL 33688 (please specify Pam Callahan Nature Preserve in Gene Kelly's name).

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 30, 2016.
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December 1, 2016
My sincerest condolences to my Chime brother Paul Kelly and his extended family. May fond memories be forever the source of much peace and comfort. Tony
Tony Kerbs
December 1, 2016
Dear Paul, Karen and family,
So very sorry for your loss. May God hold you close and provide comfort and peace in this time of sorrow to you and all of Mr. Kelly's family and friends.
Joanne Giannelli
November 30, 2016
Although I didn't know your loved one, I would like to send my condolences to the family of Eugene Kelly. Your beloved one will truly be missed. No doubt many will appreciate your beloved one for the efforts he's made in his lifetime. God's word says, "A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death is better than the day of birth." So encouraging to all.
November 30, 2016
My uncle Gene was a remarkable man. A self-made man who always put family first.

He achieved great success in business, but he never sought praise, adoration nor credit.

I visited Gene in 2011 and saw him weekly for a five month period. His attitude and zest for life were infectious.

Gene's enthusiasm, excellent physical health and sharp intellect did not reflect a man in his 80's. We enjoyed lengthy conversations about financial markets, the housing crisis and politics.

Gene was fascinated by technology; he used several devices simultaneously that kept him engaged with various family members.

Despite many hardships, Gene demonstrated enormous strength and resolve. He was the quintessential "self-made man".

Above all other things, Gene was consistent: kind, selfless, hard working, witty, optimistic and encouraging.

Nobody could ask for a better uncle. He will be missed.
Francis Piscal Jr
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