May 10, 1959 - November 17, 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina - Brian E. Kelly, 62, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully in his home on November 17, 2021, after a 3 1/2-year battle with cancer. A loving husband, devoted father, and lifelong Red Sox fan, he was born in Quincy, MA on May 10th, 1959, to his parents John S. Kelly and the late Helen A. Kelly. He is survived by his spouse, Renee Kelly and his two daughters, Stephanie Mercer (Cortland Mercer) and Caroline Kelly, as well as his brother and sister, Kenneth Kelly and Maureen Shepard. He is preceded in death by his brother, John Kelly.
A graduate of Quincy High School and Boston College, Brian was an accomplished wrestler. He would go on to have a successful corporate career, but always cited the wrestling mat as the source of the dedication, hard work, and integrity that would become hallmarks of his professional reputation. Brian began on the ground floor of the telecommunications industry selling cable subscriptions door to door in the Boston area before climbing the corporate ranks and holding a variety of senior leadership roles. He retired as the Chief Marketing Officer of a leading national cable company and the recipient of numerous professional accolades and industry awards.
Brian prided himself on his professional accomplishments, but his deepest commitments were to his faith, his friends, and his family. He lived a full life of rich experiences: cycling the Italian countryside, playing the links at the Old Course at St. Andrews, coaching Stephanie's youth soccer team, and watching Caroline's theatre productions, all while cheering tirelessly for the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. He is loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, a gift in his memory can be made to the Levine Cancer Institute via their website at http://AtriumHealthFoundation.org
or the Red Sox Foundation at http://redsoxfoundation.org/BrianKelly
A visitation will be held at 10:00am on December 16, 2021 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church 3016 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00am. You may view live streaming of the funeral at https://stgabrielchurch.org/livefunerals
Published by Charlotte Observer on Nov. 28, 2021.