Larry John Kelly
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Larry John Kelly passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the age of 78. He grew up in New Orleans, LA and attended University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University. He then moved to South Florida where he taught high school students for 32 years for Dade County Public Schools. Mr. Kelly was instrumental in registering his 18 year old students to vote. In 1997 he retired to Ocala, FL where he worked for 10 years as a circulation specialist at the Freedom Library. Larry is preceded in death by his father, Edwin Kelly and his mother, Carolyn Sophie Kelly. He is survived by his devoted wife Joan (55 Years), his daughters Kimberlee and Kristina (Robert), granddaughters Hannah and Sophie, and sister, Pat Riche' (Bruce). No funeral will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Larry Kelly Inspire Our Future Scholarship. This has been created by the family to give back to the school Mr Kelly called his second home, Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School. gf.me/u/yx39zu

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Published in the Miami Herald on Sep. 14, 2020.
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October 14, 2020
I worked with Larry at Palm Springs Junior High School. He was a truly wonderful teacher and person. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Jackie Watson
Coworker
October 3, 2020
Mr. Kelly was a loved and respected teacher at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School. I remember especially his humor and ability to pose questions that would really challenge you to think. He was also a steady and kind presence that just made high school days a little better. I am so sorry to learn of his passing.

Mike Diehl
Class of 1980
Michael Diehl
Student
October 2, 2020
Saw Judy Woodruff saying kind words about Mr. Kelly on the PBS News Hour tonight. As a native of Miami, Florida and a long time resident of Gainesville I was sad to learn of his passing. My daughter just began teaching in Alachua County and I hope that she will be an inspiration to her students equal to Mr. Kelly’s legacy.
Dennis Comfort
Neighbor
September 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mary Ellen Howze
Friend
September 21, 2020
Mr. Kelly was an amazing human being and an fantastic teacher. It was incredible to learn from him in his government/civics class. So very sorry for your loss. HML Class of 1978.
Lee
Student
September 14, 2020
On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences. We will say a Mass in his memory.

Father of all, we pray to you for Larry, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Kenny Spellman ’84
Brother Martin High School
Kenny Spellman
Friend
September 14, 2020
Mr. Kelly was one of those great teachers you hear so much about that make learning a joy and immersive. Thank you Mr. Kelly for making the subject of American politics into something that we all were happy to learn and share openly with each other. RIP sir and thank you for the fond memories.
Michael Justiz
Friend
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