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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