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Harold B. "Hal" KELLEY Jr.

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Harold B. "Hal" KELLEY Jr. Obituary
KELLEY, Harold B., Jr. "Hal" Harold B. "Hal" Kelley, Jr. 90, of Hartford, died, Tuesday (October 19, 2010) at Avery Heights. He was born in East Hartford, son of the late Harold B. Kelley, Sr. and Dorothea (Ellenberg) Kelley. Hal served in the U.S. Army/Air Force in communications for 21 years on a lifetime adventure most would envy. He served as Station Manager of the American Forces Network putting him in the path of some of the most famous people of the 20th Century. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, and interviewed notables such as Audrey Hepburn and he owns the distinction of being the first American broadcaster to interview the Fab Four Beatles prior to them coming to the U.S. Upon his discharge, Hal continued as Station Manager in a civilian capacity. In 1990 he moved to Nashua, NH where he did volunteer work for AARP "55 ALIVE", and he also volunteered at the Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME for a number of years commuting from Nashua. He also volunteered at Hanscom Air Force Base, counseling retirees for the military. He was an avid square dancer and a member of the "Border City Squares" in Nashua. He was awarded many military awards, including the Army Commendation Medal for Air Force duty with AFN and the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Hollywood and Pentagon duty with AFRTS, the AFRTS "Director's Award" and a Department of Army commendation for superior performance as AFN-Bremerhaven Station Manager. He was a former Toastmaster and member of the Armed Forces Broadcaster Association. In addition to all of the above Hal was a gentleman and a very charitable individual. He is survived by cousins, Charlotte Bacon of Wethersfield, Beverly Bacon, Jeanne Timrud, Edward C. Bacon, III, James Bacon and all their families and his foster brother Robert Trimble. The family is deeply appreciative of the friendships and the care he received by the staff at Avery Heights and Hartford Hospital. The funeral will be Saturday (October 23, 2010), 11 a.m. in Rocky Hill Congregational Church, 805 Old Main St., Rocky Hill with the Rev. Donna A. Manocchio officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Goshen Center Cemetery, Goshen. Friends may call at the Church Saturday, prior to the funeral, 10:30 - 11 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. To share a memory with the family, please visit, www.dillonbaxter.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 21, 2010
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