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Gaynor Kelley, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at his home in Chicago, IL. Gaynor was born in New Canaan, Connecticut where he spent his childhood with his parents, four older brothers and one younger sister. Gaynor loved Connecticut and would remain there for over six decades to raise all five of his children in New Canaan and nearby Ridgefield. Gaynor did not just live the American dream he created it with his unprecedented work ethic and drive. Gaynor began his career at the age of 19 with the Perkin Elmer Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut eventually retiring 45 years later after serving as the Company's CEO. He holds patents, awards and distinctions that only a select few have ever achieved in their professional careers and had a hand in developing Nobel Prize winning products that translated the tiniest molecules in the human body (PCR), managed the Cold War (KH-9 Hexagon) and explored the largest chasms of space (Hubble Space Telescope). Gaynor's proudest accomplishment was his family. There is no question that he was the best husband, father, uncle, brother and in-law that you could find. During the height of his very busy career, Gaynor never missed the opportunity to take his boys camping, attend a little league game, stand rink side for squirt hockey, and hold the reigns of his daughter's mount at a horse show. Gaynor's last and favorite job was being grandpa. He was the best storybook reader, ice cream scooper and cheerleader that you could find. He was a true patriarch and will be so very missed. Gaynor is preceded in death by his parents, James and Mable Kelley and his brothers and sister, David, Roger, Jerry and Virginia Kelley. Gaynor loved his wife Diane (Curio) Kelley like no other, moving her back to Chicago, IL upon his retirement in 1996 - a promise he made to her more than 30 years earlier. Gaynor was so very proud of his five children, Guy (Linda) Kelley, Russ (Jill) Kelley, Ted (Peg) Kelley, Ron (Shauna) Kelley, and Victoria (Andrew) Hodson. He is also survived by his grandchildren Ryan Kelley, Mike Kelley, Erin Kelley, Anna Kelley, Christopher Kelley, June Hodson, Josephine Hodson, Charlie Hodson and Penny Hodson as well as his great grandson James Kelley and many, many adoring in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 10:00am-11:30am at St. Joseph's Church, 1107 North Orleans Street, Chicago, IL 60610. A funeral Mass to honor Gaynor will directly follow the visitation beginning at 11:30am. There will be a celebration of Gaynor's life in New Canaan, Connecticut on his birthday, May 12, 2018. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Gaynor to Misericordia, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660 and Mission of Our Lady of the Angles, 3808 Iowa Street, Chicago, IL 60651. Arrangements entrusted to Cumberland Chapels. www.cumberlandchapels.com or 708-456-8300
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 3, 2018
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