Larry John Kelly

Ocala, Florida


September 3, 2020
Ocala, Florida


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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....

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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.

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

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.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

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.

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

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.