John Ellsworth Kelly McCluskey
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John Ellsworth Kelly McCluskey

John Ellsworth Kelly McCluskey, born in Boston, Massachusetts, at Christmas time 1926, to Mary Kelly McCluskey and Colonel William Joseph McCluskey.
"Jack" to his beloved wife Margaret and "O'Kelly" to many, was in his 84th "trip around the sun," as he liked to say.
He died Thursday the 11th of February 2010, with his wife and family at his side.
He served his country that he loved so much in both the Navy and Air Force and was profoundly shaped by the loss of his best friend in World War II. He walked the walk of his convictions: a 1968 anti-war candidate for congress, a gray-haired Veterans for Peace marcher, a man who never held back in testifying to his own experience of war, he strived to make this world a more peaceful place for his grandchildren. A world traveller, painter, poet, attorney; he had many an Irishman's grand tale to share over a pint.
A private family wake was the loving send-off to our Jack, O'Kelly, Dad, "Grampa Jack", "Greencrow". A Veterans for Peace memorial service is planned for early March.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veterans for Peace, local Seattle chapter 92.
"And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
(Robert Frost)

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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 21, 2010.
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March 11, 2010
RIP O'Kelly. You will be missed.

March 11, 2010
O'Kelly was such an inspiration to us. He was unwavering in his desire to see the world, but most especially his country, learn that war would never bring peace.
Peggy Love & Jerry Schlaman
Rock Island WA
March 10, 2010
Dear O'Kelly's family-

We grieve with you as we loved O'Kelly and will miss his pushing us to do more to bring peace to the world and give witness to the youth about war and the alternatives of service without war for the benefit of mankind. In particular, we will miss O'Kelly's visits and contributions at Lake Forest Park for Peace gatherings.

Karen Tarr and Bob Trutnau
Kenmore, WA
February 26, 2010
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers
Steve and Jean
February 23, 2010
Love and miss you Jack. You were a great brother and a true friend. You marched to a different drummer but you were always in step, As your mother would say "I didn't raise her boy to be a soldier". Say Hi to mother & Dad and Elinor for me, I'm sure they will be happy to see you and that God will recognize you as a true "Veteran for Peace".
Brother Jim McCliskey-
February 22, 2010
I had the pleasure to meet Mr.Mccluskey thru my job. He was a kind man who was very friendly. Please know that you his family are in my thoughts at this time of loss. I am sure he will be greatly missed by all of you.
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