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Mystic - John J. Kelley, 80, of Mystic, passed away at his daughter's home on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1930, in Norwich, to the late John J. Kelley Sr. and Genevieve (Bellefleur) Kelley.

He was married to Jacintiha C. (Braga) Kelley for 50 years; she predeceased him.

John is a former graduate of the Bulkeley School, received his bachelor's degree from Boston University, and continued on to receive his master's degree at The University of Connecticut.

While in high school, he was the top school boy miler in the nation. John was a two time Olympian. In 1959, he won the Pan American Games marathon. He was the U.S. National Champion eight straight years from 1956 to 1963. In 1957, he won the Boston Marathon and placed second five times. He ran the Boston Marthon 32 times in total. He was inducted into the National Long Distance Runners Hall of Fame in 2002, in Utica, N.Y.

He is survived by his three daughters, Julia Washington and husband, Bing, of Mystic , Kathleen Gabriel and Ben Thomas of Pawcatuck, and Eileen Edwards and husband, Scott, of North Stonington; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. John is survived by his brother, Robert Kelley of East Lyme; sister, Ellen Knowles of Quaker Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, John was predeceased by his best friend and neighbor of 50 years, Daniel Strunk.

A service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Union Baptist Church in Mystic. Burial will be private. At the family's request, there are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich CT 06360.

The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic, is assisting the family.


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Published in The Day on Aug. 24, 2011.
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May 14, 2012
RIP God Bless
Brian Terry
October 10, 2011
I am shocked to hear my favorite runner has passed. I had no idea. I lived in CT for a few years and used to purchase my running shoes from Mr. Kelley. I will never forget the day I went to him for advice about running a full marathon. I asked him, "How do I know when I am ready to run a full marathon?" His reponse? "Why on Earth would you ever want to run a full marathon?" What an inspiring man! I loved going to see him at the store and get his advice on the shoes I should get - I loved hearing his stories about running and seeing him there with his dog. I will forever miss him - he has truly been one of my inspirations for running!
Leslie Zook
September 5, 2011
Its been a week since Johnny J was called home and I miss his smile more than ever .. .
Ben Thomas
September 4, 2011
To Johnny and Jess' girls,

I had lunch with your dad last summer, I tried to visit him at least once a year after Jessie died. We always had a wonderful, always silly time. Laughing lunches was the du jour.

I loved your parents. My dad had just died October of 1981, I was young and Waterford Publishing (Sonalyst) had just signed on Tom Murphy and your dad to write and we would publish "Just Call Me Jock."

1981,I was overwhelmed with grief. Johnny, Jessie,Jock, Amby, Tom Murphy, Joe Smith and Judy Zimmer all pulled me through a very bleak time. I was fortunate to be enveoped with some of the greatest characters the field of running has and perhaps will ever realize. I am thankful for those incredulous memories. I spoke with Johnnie in March, he told me he had a cold. I guess he left out the details on the "cold."

I hope the three of you know that I am
a phone call away. 860.526.2775. Perhaps I may return some of the love and kindness your parents showered on me.

Priscilla Robinson
Priscilla Robinson
September 3, 2011
i came home this weekend to visit family to hear that mr.
kelly had died. i was so sad. i had mr. kelly for high school english, and he was always one of my favorite people at school. he was always so kind and he made learning fun! from then on, i've never heard his name without smiling. he will be so missed. my condolences to his family and friends.
mary whiston
September 1, 2011
I was looking at the Web today and saw that John Kelley had died. I am so saddened by this news. Back in the '50's I attended Finnish dances that were held to raise money to bring Finnish runners to compete in the Boston Marathon. John also attended some of these events. I remember him as a smiling, congenial, man with wonderful sportsmanship. I counted myself privileged to have been able to meet him and share some time in the same room. My deepest sympathy to all of you who survive him. Ruthann Rintala Swanson (then of Scituate, RI, now of Minneapolis, MN)
August 29, 2011
I am sorry for you loss. Mr. Kelly was always so kind to me every time I was in Kelly's pace to buy my running shoes. I will truely miss him.
Dee Palmieri
August 28, 2011
Julie, Kathleen and Eileen and your families: To the world, your father was a legend, but to me he was a kind and humble neighbor. After 40 years, I remember his wonderful garden, running barefooted while reading a novel and taking Linda and Nellie with him every morning. He only had kindness in his heart and uplifting words to say. I treasured the times that I had with you and your family while growing up @ 439. His memory lives vividly on. May your hearts be filled with the many happy moments you shared. You will be in my prayers as you deal with the loss of your father. Our hearts still cling to his memory.

With love always
Priscilla (Thorp) Gentry
August 27, 2011
I was sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember him from my days (68-71) at Fitch, though I never had him for English. I am glad he is at rest after a long and beautiful life. May he rest in peace.

My hope is that when John arrives in heaven, he will talk to St. Peter and others and organize the first annual Heaven's marathon. I know he will win first place.
Denise Volovar
August 27, 2011
I was fortunate to have Mr. Kelly for a teacher at Fitch High School. He was such a gentle man that made a powerful impact on ALL his students. He will be missed. RIP
Patti Strawder
August 27, 2011
JOHN KELLEY AND I WERE CLASSMATES AT THE BULKELEY SCHOOL. QUIET, GRACIOUS AND A FINE EXAMPLE OF WHAT THIS COUNTRY WAS ALL ABOUT. A REAL LOSS. TAKE SOLACE IN THE PEOPLE HE HELPED.
FRANK CLARK
August 27, 2011
God has a funny way of putting people in your path at the right time and I felt that in my time at Fitch and my interaction with your father. I didn't run, didn't have him for English, but for those brief moments in homeroom, I learned that it was okay to be yourself and be true to that. It has always stayed with me and I am ever so grateful to your father for giving me that freedom. He was truly an amazing man
Marie Wilson
August 26, 2011
To the family of John Kelly: Like so many others from the Mystic community, I am deeply saddened to read of the passing of John Kelly, and am sorry for your loss. He was my favorite teacher at Fitch (Class 1976), and the most wonderful and inspirational person. His passing is a loss to the planet. Valerie Cook (Boulder, CO)
August 26, 2011
Very sorry for your loss. he was a inspiration to many and will be missed by all.
linda mcelroy
August 26, 2011
Mr. Kelley was my favorite teacher at Fitch and continued to be a mentor throughout my entire life. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Mr. Kelley you will never be forgotten.
Mary Smolenski
August 25, 2011
Dear Kelley Family, Your Dad was such a nice guy. I always enjoyed shopping at Kelley's Pace. Your Dad was so personable and would always take the time to talk to you. He was just such a great guy. He will be missed.
Toula Buonocore
August 25, 2011
Dear Kelley Family:

Your dad was my favorite teacher at Fitch. I am an expert at puns, thanks to his kind and humorous teaching. I learned so much in his class. My favorite comment was the time he announced to the class (looking at me) that we would now be able to "avail" ourselves of the opportunity to take a test, a direct play on words of my name at the time. He is not only a running legend, but a legendary teacher who made all of us happy to be in his class each day. (from the class of 1970)
Adria Vail Cohen
August 25, 2011
Out beyond the ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field, I'll meet you there.-rumi
Thank you for finding the student in the stone.
jay apicelli
August 25, 2011
One morning, when I was a little boy I walked over to the golf course at the eight hole and saw Mr. Kelley running. He didn't know it but when he past I waited for him to get way ahead of me and I started running, this was about 1958. He is a legend.
Frank Shepich
August 25, 2011
Words cannot express the emotion my wife and I have felt since the news of John's passing. I am glad we both went to see him at the store shortly before he went into the hospital, to have the opportunity to talk one last time. To John and Jessie's girls: When you think of your Mom and Dad, keep in mind the picture of the kiss at the finish line when he won Boston; that picture made me smile when I saw it in the paper, and I'm sure the same scene happened as your Dad crossed the final finish line. I will never forget the love and encouragement they both gave to my friend Luis and I to achieve remarkable things in our lives. May God bless you. Steve & Sherri DePolito
August 25, 2011
John, thank you so much for being part of my life as a teacher, cross country coach and friend. I am so blessed to have had you part of my life and you had left a lasting impression with everyone who has had the honor of meeting you. Thank you so very much... (Vic Suarez, Phoenix, Arizona)
Vic Suarez
August 25, 2011
Mr. Kelley was one of my teachers at Fitch. I will never forget his kind and gentle way. He inspired me in many ways. I ran into him one day and he remembered everything about me. He was one of a kind. My deepest sympathy to the Kelley family.
Robert MacDougall
August 25, 2011
To Mr Kelley's Family as a former student of your fathers I would like to thank you for sharing your father with all his students he loved us and inspired us to become better people.
Alice
August 25, 2011
I had the honor and privilege to have run three years on a Kelley coached cross county team at Fitch. For now more than 45 years I have spoken of this with great pride. He was a legend but also my hero and without knowing it he influenced my life's direction. This fall I will run my 25th NYC marathon and there is no question of his continuing legacy. Around 15 years ago I finally wrote to him to thank him. He wrote back a wonderful letter, we all knew what a great writer he was, and ended the letter with "whenever you run, I will run with you". I am greatly sadden this day. One last thanks to you John.
William Franks
August 25, 2011
To the family of John Kelley: I am very sorry for your loss. The world has lost a treasure. John left an indelible mark on me as a struggling high school student at Fitch. His enthusiasm was contagious and it rubbed off on everyone. Because of Kelley, I fell in love with the English language, the works of Shakespeare, and became a Dylanologist.
Lou Dutra
August 25, 2011
Ah, the glory days at Bulkeley in the 50s as coach Mal Greenaway realized he held a budding start in the slim, quiet Johnny Kelley. A star that never set.

RIP
Running In Peace.

Charles Read
Richmond, RI
August 25, 2011
I was deeply saddened to learn of John's death. My deepest sympathy to his family. John was a very special, unselfish person who always wanted the best for others. When a group of us runners wanted to form the first cross country team at Fitch, we had no coach. John stepped forward and became our "advisor" - a title that would protect his amateur standing at that time. He mentored and coached us through an undefeated dual meet season; a State championship victory; and a second place finish in the New England championship meet. John made winners out of everyone he touched. I am reminded of two bible texts that are perfect for John's life: "---Well done (John), thou good and faithful servant" - "(You) have fought the good fight, (You) have finished the race, (You) have kept the faith".
Thank you John and may God bless you and Jesse
Richard Spinnato
August 25, 2011
Many a fond memory Johnny,one thing that comes to mind is you reciting Bob Dillon after the Marine Corps Sub-base Race, after a few, of course......

..HERE'S TO YOU, LAD, WHO'S LIKE YA?...
.............DAMM FEW!
Bruce Christie
August 24, 2011
I will miss you John. I could not get there to visit as much as I would have liked, but I thought of you often. The memories are many, New Years Day Run and Polar Bear Swim, the conversations at your kitchen table, your energy, smile and kind heart. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
June Boyles
August 24, 2011
sorry for your loss. last time i talked with john we were picking up kittens from him he was very nice man and i remember him from high school went to school with eileen my prayers go out to the family mikel mcdonough
mikel mcdonough
August 24, 2011
So long John. You will be in good hands. Glad we spoke two months ago by phone. Me in FL. you in CT.You are the best.
John Gentilella
August 24, 2011
Julie, Kathy, and Eileen,
My condolences on your Dad's ("Johnny")
passing. His soul is free now. Many fond memories growing up next door to the Kelley Family. Johnny was ahead of his time in many ways and a bright light for so many people.
Lynn (Lynnie) Rippel
August 24, 2011
Julie, Eileen and Kathleen:
I have many great memories of your dad. He was a teacher, a mentor, but most importantly, a Friend to anyone that was privileged enough to meet him. Every time I stopped in at Kelley's Pace, he always remembered me, and we would spend time reminiscing. It always ended with a letter from the dictionary and the definition. God bless him, and keep you all safe.

IN MEMORIUM

In countless gentle, kindly ways he lived a sermon all his days. Believing in the folk he knew and making friends his lifetime through
Enjoying life, its works and fun, he sought the best in everyone. Living his faith from day to ...day, he sowed good seed along the way.
Now death has set his spirit free in fields of immortality, to claim a task of greater worth than any he had known on earth.

MISS ME BUT LET ME GO

When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take. And each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know, and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.
Robin McAteer
August 24, 2011
Greatest cab driver I ever had. What a legend. RIP Johnny Kelley (The Younger)
Eric Johnson
August 24, 2011
To the Kelley Family,

I first met John & Jess when I asked him to be a guest speaker at a Ledyard Lions Club dinner meeting in 1970. Afterwards, he invited me to participate in the friendly Sunday morning runs that started & finished at 415 Pequot Ave., Mystic. He introduced me to long distance running and recycling; I got hooked on both. He was the most humble champion I have ever met, always avoiding the spotlight and shining it on someone else. What a guy! He was my hero.
Al Williams
August 24, 2011
Ken Parks at CNN tour
Of all the people I've encountered through my 57 years, Mr. Kelly exceeds all with his words of confidence, integrity, and unselfish giving. May God bless his soul.
Ken Parks
August 24, 2011
To the family & friends of Mr. Kelley:
The world has lost a beatiful soul! Although I did not know him well, his graciousness was always present whenever I saw him either at Kelley's Pace, or walking his dog in Mystic. He will continue to run in many of our hearts.
Diane Cain
August 24, 2011
To The Kelley Family,
I am so sad to see of Mr. Kelley's passing. I had seen him through the years at Kelley's Pace, he was still the kind and funny person I remember from school. Your house must have been a blast growing up with all the runners there. I just loved the picture of your Mom and Dad together in the Day newspaper. Your Mom was a beautiful person also, and now they are together again. Much love,
Jo Anne Byington Faraci
August 24, 2011
To the Kelly Family,
John has been a friend and a mentor for many people. I am just one of the many he inspired. I still have fond memories of visiting him with my brother and sister when he lived on School St. in Groton when I was just a child. He knew everyone by name and treated everybody with respect. Deepest sympathies to the Kelly family from The Royce family.
Lyle and Lynda Royce
August 24, 2011
I will miss Johnny. I enjoyed talking with him. He was a great asset to the National Distance Running Hall of Fame. He became a good friend. I am glad that I got a chance to visit him a couple of years ago when I went to visit my aunt in Rhode Island. Mary MacEnroe
August 24, 2011
Johnny was a friend, a mentor, a father figure, and a roll model. It was an honor knowing Johnny and Jesse.
Bill Harriman (Portland, CT)
August 24, 2011
Eileen, Scott and the boys, Kathleen, julie and the rest of the Kelley Family,

I am honored to say I knew both your Mom and Dad. They were great people and now can be together again looking down and cheering us all on as we continue to put in the mileage that is our lives. I cherish the moments with your dad and his words of encouragement in my early running days and many days I would see him around town thereafter. His smile was infectious. I wish you my deepest condolences and sincerest thanks for sharing this great man with so many.

Love and Hugs - Carrie
Carrie Modon
August 24, 2011
To the Kelley Family:
My deepest sympathies on the passing of John! He was one of a kind, a remarkable man that has left his mark on many, many people. I had the pleasure of teaching with and running with him for many years at Fitch Sr. He,along with Dan Strunk, kept us in stitches throughout many of our gatherings, be it running from Pequot Ave., in the coaches' room,or just hanging out having a beverage! I will remember him in my thoughts and prayers as I do your Mother. May his soul rest in peace!
Bernie Nasser
August 24, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Kelley family. John and I grew up in the same neighborhood in New London. I can still remenber looking out our kitchen window and seeing John and George running up Konomoc St hill wondering how they could possibly do it every day. Who would have thought John would become the great runner and wonferful person that he was.
Tony Gigliotti
August 24, 2011
Dear Kathy and family: please accept my condolences on your father's death. I think all of us at Fitch thought of him as "ours". My thoughts and prayers are with you during a difficult time. Hope you are well.
Cathy Blaisdell Johnson
August 24, 2011
kathleen and family,
please accept my deepest condolences. i didn't know your dad through running or as a teacher. he was a wonderful neighbor who i got to know through you and brianna and mikey. he and your mom were always so friendly to me and my kids. i will miss seeing him walking the dog down pequot ave. much love to you and your family.
mia kinsman
August 24, 2011
Dear Kelley Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. My memories are that of admiration and laughter. He was an inspiration to me as a human being and will be sadly missed.
Eddie Dutra
August 24, 2011
To the family of Johnny Kelley: I am writing on behalf of Johnny's boyhood friends George and Fran Terry. It was wonderful to sit and listen to those guys reminisce about their running days. Johnny was a gentleman and a scholar, and I considered it a privilege to count him as my friend. I will miss him. Ann Terry Jacquez, Providence, RI
August 24, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I've known John since 1975 when I first saw him at Fitch. He would always get hello's from everyone around as he walked threw the hallways. Seeing John run threw Mystic everyday. " You've touched my life deeply" Now you can continue to run.
linda jabren
August 24, 2011
I had Mr Kelley in high school and he was always helpful and encouraged us to follow our dreams and embrace life. I was alwasys proud to say that I new Mr. Kelley and was proud of his accomplishments in the Marathons he was involved in. My Prayers are with the Family Sincerely RoseLee Swan Comer
roselee Swan-Comer
August 24, 2011
To the family of John Kelley,
Please accept our condolences, he was a great man and teacher. Please treasure your memories forever. I am just one of his students that he taught, and I think we all loved him, he was a gentleman and a wonderful teacher. Our prayers are with you.
Ron & Doris Cabral
August 24, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Kelley family. Mr. Kelley was a great man and an even better teacher - he let us know, everyday, that we mattered. We were all blessed to have known him.
Carlene (Oliver) Stangle
August 23, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with The Kelley Family.

As a youngster I had the opportunity to see all eight of Young Kelley's wins at Yonkers (1956 - 1963). John J. Kelley was the greatest and most dominating distance runner I ever witness. I'm thankful I was able to meet John and Jess as an adult at the 2002 Distance Running Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It was my honor to sit with the family on this day nearly 40 years after John's last Yonkers win.

I look forward in the coming years to present the family with memorabilia documenting John's historic running career compliments of my father's archival papers.

Gary Corbitt
Jacksonville, Florida
Gary Corbitt
August 23, 2011
May God Bless you and your family.
Bill Kenney the younger
August 23, 2011
My first road race was Bennies in Lynn MA. in 1957. They gave me two minutes on Johnny until a vet convinced them to give me three. Johnny flew by me at about mile seven. It was a thrill to be passed by him. He was the king of the roads and carried the torch for America in distance running for over a decade. Now he and Jock Semple are up there in runner heaven with Jock cheering him thru the gates.
Jim Wrynn
August 23, 2011
I attended Fitch High School and was blessed to have Mr. Kelley as my English teacher. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace dear Mr. Kelley
Denise Palamar Rokosky
August 23, 2011
Thank you, Johnny Kelley - for bringing the joy of running to so many...the boys (and girls!) of Fitch, young and hopeful marathoners, the Sunday long runners, the local budding racers. You inspired us all. When we went to Kelley's Pace, you were always so enthusiastic with your advice and wisdom ...on racing, training, shoe fit, fun trails ... everything! I will miss your smile and wave, as I run past the house on Pequot. We celebrate your life, your joy, your gracious humility, your generous spirit. Isaiah says "...They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings, as eagles. They shall run and not be weary.... " Your life of love has earned you those wings. May you rest in His arms now, Johnny, and may your family be comforted in the knowledge that you have fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the race!
Melita Motherway
August 23, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the Kelley family. My deceased husband, Jim Tierney,had run with John and spoke of him often over the years.May God Bless.Kathy Tierney
August 23, 2011
To the Family Mr. Kelly was one of my teacher at Fitch High School , he was a great teacher and runner may GOD BlESS him and my Brother in law we loss as of monday morning for the love and smile we all has with them , live eternal everlasting life once again we will all meet again.
Alfred Mayo
August 22, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the Kelley family. John lived a full life and was a positive role model for many.
James Bushard
August 22, 2011
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family.
August 22, 2011
May the peace of God that excels all thought give you peace during this time of saddness.
Theresa Campbell
August 22, 2011
Good memories of watching John Kelley ran the Thanksgiving Day road race in Manchester Connecticut, with my father (Earl Yost) calling the action. May his soul rest in peace. Dean Yost, Ellington Ct.
August 22, 2011
R.I.P. John Kelley, I will always remember your name as growing up I always watch the boston marathon with my father and uncles they always watch for u to go buy u were a great inspiration to other runners, i remember always seeing u up to the end when u had to ride most of the way but u were still always there, our last name is also Kelly maybe that is why u were so popular in our family u and the older John Kelley...sharon kelly conner.. u will never be forgotten
August 22, 2011
May the God of all comfort, comfort the family, friends, and fans of John J. Kelley. We can all look forward to the time when Isaiah’s words are fulfilled and he’ll runs and play, like a young child again.
Tom Smith
August 22, 2011
From a fellow CT runner who truly appreciates all that Mr. Kelley did to instill a passion for this sport in others. And for being a good person and a giver. Thank you! You have really left a legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with this good mans family and friends at this time. God bless and godspeed, I hope you have already found a nice trail to run...
Dave Hayes
August 22, 2011
I spent much of my youth in the Kelley house, taking piano lessons from Mrs. Kelley and enjoying the company of all the young runners. Both Mr. And Mrs. Kelley were a generous and guiding presence in the lives of so many people, young and old. My condolences and best wishes go out to their three daughters and their grandchildren.
Emily Holmes
August 22, 2011
God bless you John J Kelly from Road Runners everywhere.
Joseph Porcaro,( Putnam Valley, NY)
August 22, 2011
For a Bostonian who went to many marathons with my father, from the very beginning I learned the difference of the Kelley runners,,, but how good each was and always to be proud of them.... Not that they were just runners from the U.S, but the men that they were. The time I spent with my father and watching them run is a time I will never forget.
God bless, Fr. Richard, ofm Waltham, MA
August 22, 2011
Dear Kelley Family,
I remember John so fondly from my days writing for The Compass in Mystic. I always enjoyed chatting with him when he came to drop off his column. He was such a bright spark. You have my condolences.
Ann McGuire
Cleveland, Ohio
August 22, 2011
Thank you, John, for being an inspiration to me and so many of my contemporaries during those early days of road racing.
Bob Tencza
August 22, 2011
Dear Amby and the Kelley family, In the years of running Boston and doing massage therapy in Hospitality Suite at the Copley, there existed a deep knowing. Anyone who participated athletically or in any volunteer capacity, felt the presence of Kelley the Younger and others of his ilk. We who ran were constantly aware that we were running in the footsteps of the ones who had trod that path and made it what it is: The Granddaddy of races. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude and respect to the people who kept Boston pure and fast. During the Boston Athletic Association's reign, the Kelleys and others set the course for many-a-competitor's ambition. Thanking you from afar, Mr. Kelley, but I'll hug the framed picture I have of you today. Thank you. Love and optimism, Heather
Heather McKeown
August 22, 2011
I attended Robert E. Fitch HS in Groton, CT when Mr. Kelley, an English teacher won the Boston marathon. We were so proud of him. Great memories!! R.I.P.
Margaret Weir Walker
August 22, 2011
Bill Griffin
August 22, 2011
My brother died of the same thing at age 49. It seems you had a great life. I'm proud of you!
Greg Woodworth
August 22, 2011
RIP sir.
Mike Devine
August 22, 2011
John's passing is particularly sad as he was a modest yet very important part of the BAA's history and truly an icon of American sport, as well as a respected and personal friend. I will miss his refreshingly positive attitude, pure competativeness and friendship. He is a true Boston Marathon Champion in every good sense of the word, and will remain so forever. My heartfelt condolences to John's entire family.
Guy Morse
August 22, 2011
To the the family of John Kelley - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
R Golay
August 21, 2011
The legendary Johnny Kelly.
August 21, 2011
He was my mentor and my friend and there will never be another man like Mr. Kelley
Christopher Annino
August 21, 2011
RIP
steven stancia
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