The Reverend John L. Kelly, age 92, of Towson, Maryland died peacefully on Easter Sunday morning, April 4, 2021 at Stella Maris, Timonium, Maryland.
Father Kelly was born and raised in Baltimore, son of the late John L. and Ruth (Costello) Kelly. Father Kelly grew up in the shadow of Memorial Stadium with his three brothers. He attended St Bernard's grade school, serving as an altar boy and a member of the Fife and Drum Corps, Loyola High School, St Charles College, and St Mary's Seminary in Roland Park. Father was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Francis P. Keough on May 29, 1954 at the Basilica of the Assumption, Baltimore.
Father Kelly served at St Bernard's in Baltimore, 1954-1961; Blessed Sacrament, Baltimore, 1961-1967; Holy Trinity Parish, Glen Burnie, 1967-1973; and was the Pastor of the Church of Good Shepard, Glen Burnie, 1973-2008.
Father Kelly was a devoted priest and a man of deep faith. His years of selfless work in the many communities he served greatly impacted hundreds of his parishioners, colleagues, fellow priests, and family. He emulated Christ by demonstrating remarkable empathy and a gentle manner. A faithful servant of God for over six decades, he set an example of integrity, duty, and service. He was a fervent shepherd to his flock, a loving son, a loyal brother, and a sage uncle.
Father Kelly is survived by his brothers William C. Kelly, Westminster, and Dr. Edward M. Kelly, Taneytown; thirteen nieces and nephews, and thirty-three grand nieces and nephews, many of whom were baptized and married by him. He was predeceased by his oldest brother Thomas F. Kelly and his sister in law Patricia B. Kelly.
Funeral service and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kathleen Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane, Towson, Maryland. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc.
Vita mutatur, non tollitur.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Apr. 7, 2021.