Tim Donnelly
Tim Donnelly was an actor best known for playing fireman Chet Kelly in the 1970s TV drama “Emergency!”

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Published by Decatur Herald & Review on Sep. 21, 2021.
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i remember tim from dragnet and emergency i always enjoyed his performances. diane
October 11, 2021
He made emergency very enjoyable each week He will be missed dearly may he rest in peace
October 8, 2021
Eluzabeth Dowden
October 8, 2021
I am going to miss Tim on Emergency.Kelley was my favorite on Emergency.Tim will be missed.Elizabeth Camp McDonough,Georgia
Elizabeth Camp
Friend
September 30, 2021
Hi Just want to say Sorry for your Lost of Your Dad and Brother ETC. Of Actor Tim Donnelly, l am a big Fan of Emergency, and am Watching it now at 9 am here in Las Vegas... I grew up in Southern California, and got to deliver The Newspaper back in the day to Desilu Studio... Met alot of Actors so this really hits Home to me.... Again My Sympathy to his Family and the guys that got to work with Mr. Donnelly... Know as Chet in Emergency... I hope Emergency is on TV for many more years.... Carl
Carl Caccamise
September 29, 2021
Loved "Emergency." RIP "Firefighter Chet Kelly." Condolences to family, friends, co-workers.
Darla Loftus
September 28, 2021
i grew up with emergency and dragnet you were one of the things that made that such fun
doreen self
September 27, 2021
May God carry you though this sad occasion.
September 27, 2021
VAYA CON DIOS AMIGOS TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!! BROTHER #10 #7 #71 #15 #32 #17 #80 #14 & #28 CORINTHIANS 1:11:01-1:11:34 ????????????????????????
CHEF ASHLEY DUFFY
September 26, 2021
Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I remember you fondly from Emergency - one of my all time favorite shows. Rest easy and God bless your family and friends with peace.
Michael
Other
September 26, 2021
It's always sad when you loose someone from your life. To Tim's family I am sorry for your loss and offer my sympathy. May God grant you a calm heart as you go through this difficult time.
Steele
September 26, 2021
It's always difficult when you loose someone you love. To Tim's family I offer my sincere sympathy for your great loss. May God grant you the support needed to ease the hurt.
Lindsey
September 26, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cynthia lightsey
Other
September 26, 2021
Grady Youngblood
September 26, 2021
I remember the time Chet tried to get the guys to eat better. That was so funny. My condolences to his family
Lori Anderson
September 25, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Tim's family on his passing. He was a great actor. I loved his performances on Emergency. He will be greatly missed. May his name and memory be for a blessing.
Steven Weisd
September 25, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the Donnelly family, truly sorry for your loss. May God help carry you through this time of your loss.
September 25, 2021
Tim was a true professional actor that showed firefighters are real people and have good days, fun days and bad days. RIP Tim with your portrayal of Chet on the series Emergency you have had a tremendously positive affect on past, present and future generations of young and old. My and my families sincere condolences to the family, be proud of your Fathers positive contribution through his acting.
Paul Duvivier
September 25, 2021
Paul Duvivier
September 25, 2021
Tim, you were loved by many, many people throughout the world. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. YOU'LL live on in film and as the beloved character of Chester B. Chet Kelly from EMERGENCY! And other great movies and shows that you appeared in. RIP/RIH Sweet Angel Phantom.
September 25, 2021
My condolences go out to the family of Tim. So sorry for your loss.
Taylor
September 25, 2021
Thanks For the memories Tim aka Chet.praying for your family you will be missed. KMG 365.
Diana Moore
September 25, 2021
I spent the day in tears, after I found out. The world is a little smaller, a little emptier, and a little less funny today. Sympathies to his family, And to everyone who considered Chet a part of their families. Imagine being Tim Donnelly/Chet Kelly. To be loved by so many people for so many years. Rest easy Phantom, you will never be forgotten.
Karen G
September 24, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Kelley Weigman
September 24, 2021
Thoughts and prayers are with the family..May you find comfort in Gods love..RIP Tim..
Lou Alarnick
September 24, 2021
Good ole Chet Kelly...Part of Engine 51 Crew..always made me laugh..When Gage and Kelly ragged on each other it was fun to watch. When they got hurt, you saw brotherhood.i will miss Tim Donnelly and will remember his role as Chet..He was great as fireman Kelly..RIP..May the saints be with you....Thank you for being you!✝
Lou Alarnick
September 24, 2021
Every firefighter on that show made me want to become a firefighter myself. I became a professional firefighter in 1996 and retired in 2016. Chet Kelly played a role in that. Thank you
Danny R
Coworker
September 24, 2021
To the family of Tim along with this friends, I offer my sincere condolences. Like many I continue to watch Emergency as it was one of my families favorite shows from times past. In Tim's honor I would like to say it's how you live your life, the heart that you share, the memories you leave for others, and most of all how you will never be forgotten.
Chuck G
September 24, 2021
My Condolences.
September 24, 2021
Prayers for his family that they will find comfort in this time of sadness, may he forever live in our hearts and know that we will again meet one day.
September 24, 2021
I remember Tim on Emergency! He really brought humor into the show and his personality was great!
Eric Bingham-Kumpf
September 24, 2021
Such a wonderful man. He will truly be missed in our house. Squad 51 is big in our house, he is part of our family everyday.!!! Chet RIP!!!
Denise Lobianco
September 23, 2021
Today I heard that you passed away, Tim.
In your lifetime, you became a part of so many people's memories. Not only in your own family, but for so many families that never got to meet you in person.
To the Donnelly family, I expressed my condolences as well as this humble thought
As a dad, nothing gives me a bigger joy then to know that my son or daughter meant so much to so many people I have yet to meet. This is the position that Tim was in. The world will misses him along with you. Rest in peace, Chet.
Jason Excell
September 23, 2021
I adored his acting especially Chet Kelly. A wonderful actor and a sweet man. Rest In Peace, sir
Eve Schafer
September 23, 2021
Like him as a very good actor
Neal Florence
Friend
September 23, 2021
Rest in peace Tim, thanks for so many memories on Emergency. My condolences to the Donnelly family, every fire house needs a Chet Kelly.
peter solotruk
September 23, 2021
I loved the show .chet kelly made the show so funny.there is no show Today or ever will be like Emergency and Tim Donnelly.RIP. My condolences to the Donnelly Family
Gee
September 23, 2021
you will bemiss real great actor rest in peace my friend
September 23, 2021
I watched the original series EMERGENCY on television, years ago!! Then watched the re-runs!! This was/is a very interesting show!! And I enjoyed seeing the Fire Station #51 just about getting swallowed up bu buildings all around it!! And, I also watched the film clips showing the exact thing over and over!! But it was a good clean show, with good clean characters!! And I loved watching Tim Donnely in them!! Thoughts/Condolences/Prayers to his Family and Friends!! Thanks for the great memories!! GOD bless his Family!! Rest-In-Peace Tim!! Too youmg to pass away!! PERIOD!!!
Ronny Bredemeyer
Friend
September 23, 2021
Chet Kelly was my favorite character from “Emergency”. He was both funny and lovable, and that was because Tim Donnelly was so perfect in the role. He was also my favorite actor in Jack Webb’s “Dragnet” ensemble.
My condolences go out to his family and friends.
Tim, thank you for the years of entertainment you gave us all.rest easy.
R J
Friend
September 23, 2021
he will being missed alot too.
kathryn yukness
Friend
September 23, 2021
RIP Tim you will be deeply missed
Stacey
September 22, 2021
What do you say about Chet Kelly? The Phantom of the fire house. I loved watching Kelly come up with his "antics". He was a jokester but he was a serious firefighter and helped whenever and wherever he was needed. Especially the one time that John Gage was bitten by a rattler and had to treat himself, on the back of the fire engine, he was in bad shape when they got to Rampart. Kelly was very concerned about Gage; but he wouldn't admit it. Great episode. I laughed and I cried watching the show. Gage and Desoto were my favorites but Kelly was right behind them. Kelly , say hello to Dr. Joe Early and Ms McCall. What an awesome show. See you on the other side Chet Kelly. Prayers for the family.
Donna Bigham
Friend
September 22, 2021
May God Bless you,Tim. We will miss you,dearly.
Dawm Birkett
Acquaintance
September 22, 2021
I am a fan of Emergency! Tim brought humor to the role of Chet. He was great in the role. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Tim, you will be missed.
Anita Farrell
September 22, 2021
To the Donnelly family so I am sorry to here of Tim passing it was a shock to me and being a big fan of Emergency. His journey is done here on earth but he will live on in your hearts. Just knowing he is in no pain now. And some day you will see him again when your time comes to be called home to God. God bless you all.
Susan Hollinger
September 22, 2021
My prayers of comfort and peace are sent to the family and friends of Tim. I really enjoyed him in Emergency!!!
His character was underrated.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be on that show.
RIP Chet.
Michele Thornton
September 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss
Dana
September 22, 2021
Thanks for all the great years of Emergency.....God's speed!!!
Alan Luckey
Friend
September 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Brian Grubb
Acquaintance
September 22, 2021
So enjoyed squad 51 growing up. I spent 33 years volunteering with the local Rescue Squad. I don’t believe I ever missed an episode of Emergency . May you RIP
Doug Bevell
September 22, 2021
You, and the entire cast of "EMERGENCY!", were a huge part of my childhood, as well as the inspiration to become an Army medic. You will be missed.
Matt Tallon
September 22, 2021
My condolences and prayers to Tim’s family and friends and to the wonderful cast of emergency it’s one of my favorite shows he will be so richly missed god bless you all.
Brittany Clark
Acquaintance
September 22, 2021
I love watching emergency. You will be missed. I'm a firefighter my self.
Joseph Christopher
September 22, 2021
Praying for peace and comfort for your family and friends. You won't be forgotten. Loved every episode of Emergency. RIP FF Chet Kelly
Stacy Zedaker
Other
September 22, 2021
My condolences I loved him in emergency. I was very young(under 10) when. I started watching the show. I still watch them in reruns. He will be greatly missed and remembered each time I watch the show.
Teresa Scaggs
September 22, 2021
Thanks to Emergency I learned alot that over the years I have used...especially checking on blood when found around the ear.... And sometimes the best help you can be is the one talking to someone so they do not go into panic mode....
Thank you for being apart of a good show, and the other shows.... enjoyed them also....
Thank you to your family for sharing you with us we got to see you once a week they missed you for days for taping.
Hope you have a good chat with everyone up there...
Cynthia Merrick
September 22, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Tim's passing. Loved watching his wit and humor on Emergency. I still watch this from time to time and he won't be forgotten. Thank you to the Donnelly family for sharing this man with the world. I am so sorry for your loss; prayers for you during this difficult time.
Mitchell Stearns
September 22, 2021
What a real actor, and a genuine person
Mike S.
September 22, 2021
So sorry to hear of "Chet's" Passing!! I'm a former volunteer firefighter, and my wife's a former ambulance attendent, and we watch Emergency! on COZI tv 6 days a week!! Jack Webb was WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME!! the show helped get the Paramedic Program established across the country, and the episodes still have relevance, and hold up almost 50 years later!! My favourite "Chet" episodes include : THE PHANTOM, OF COURSE!! The one where he's blown off the ladder into the top of a tree ( Capt. Stanley : Hey Chet!! You Ok? Yeah, Just my pride! ) and the one he's blown off the landing into a pile of boxes ( maybe he was a paratrooper?? ) And the mouse episode. Anyway, GOODBYE "CHET" YOU'RE NOT GONE, AS LONG AS FIRE TRUCKS ARE RED, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US!!!
CHAS ORVIS
September 22, 2021
All my thanks and love! Condolences to his family and friends!❤
Scott Atkinson
September 22, 2021
I am so sorry to lose one of the major actors from Emergency! Tim played Chet Kelly as simultaneously annoying (the Phantom), but also funny and supportive. He will continue to entertain us in re-runs. My sympathy to his family and friends.
Judy Mullen
September 22, 2021
Dear Donnelly Family - You have lost a great person. I loved watching him spar back and forth with fellow actor, Randolph Mantooth. Now he can make his famous "chili" up
in Heaven so that the Angels can enjoy. Still enjoy watching "Emergency" on syndication TV.
May He rest in eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon Him.
Marcia Ulan
Friend
September 22, 2021
Scott Chamberland
September 22, 2021
I will miss you are best movie star in world
Melissa Malcolm
September 22, 2021
Sorry for your loss loved him on emergency he was funny he would make me laugh when I needed it
September 22, 2021
I remember watching the T.V. show Emergency when I was a young child. Mr. Tim Donnelly was an awesome actor on the show. He had some awesome pranks that he would pull on John Gage, and John Gage would have some cool pranks as well to be placed on Chet Kelly. They were pretty funny. This was an awesome show to watch. To the Donnelly family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tim. Please accept our condolences. He will be sadly missed , and will always be remembered. Fans forever with the show Emergency. Sincerely, Terri and Keith Becker from Pennsylvania
Teresa Becker
Friend
September 22, 2021
As a retired auxiliary firefighter I can say that the bond firefighters have inside a firehouse is much like a second family. As many have said Emergency was a very good show with purpose and Tim played his role very well. There have and will always be a few pranksters within a firehouse to offset the often fear and stress we firefighters have gone through in our careers both past and present. I pray for the family of Tim along with his friends who now know they have a very special angel to watch over them.
Ron
September 22, 2021
I remember as a youngster coming of age and waiting patiently for Emergency! to come on. I secretly loved Tim's (aka, Chet) mustache. It's difficult for me to accept Tim's passing because I continually think of all the characters from Emergency! as ageless even though we've lost some actors already. Godspeed Chet, you will forever live on in my DVD collection of Emergency!
Lucan Rutherford
Acquaintance
September 22, 2021
Condolences to the Donnelly family on your loss. Thank you for bringing laughter and smiles
to your Emergency fans. RIP Tim.
Jeannette
September 22, 2021
Favorite roles: Crimson Crusader on Dragnet; Richard in Parts: The Clonus Horror. I could watch those over and over. RIP Tim.
Paul P
Other
September 22, 2021
I got to watch Tim on Emergency for 6 years. He is what I would call a great character actor. He will be missed. RIP Tim.
Martha Day
September 22, 2021
God is a God of all comfort and he will comfort us in our trial...My condolences to the family's and friends....
September 22, 2021
So sorry, still love you and will miss you.
Tara
September 22, 2021
I miss you were so funny to watch on TV your fan Roslyn Morris
Roslyn Morris
Friend
September 22, 2021
I grew up watching Emergency while in middle/high school. Started out as an Army medic, then a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic in Santa Fe, NM. We still have an autograph picture of Chet, hanging in our Fire House #8. Still watch that show today, thank you. RIP Firefighter
Mike Flores
Brother
September 21, 2021
Rip chet
Bill Cleveland
Friend
September 21, 2021
I just saw the picture, and had to offer my condolences to the family. He was one of favorites on Emergency. I loved his personality, and the pranks he used to pull on the show. He will be missed that's for sure. We will see him again someday.
Doug Miller
Other
September 21, 2021
Tim Donnelly was my favorite actor on Emergency growing up. He will be sadly missed. Rest in Peace Tim.
joan anderson
Friend
September 21, 2021
My condolences to the Donnelly family.I used to watch Emergency everyday and still do. Tim was a great actor..may he rest in peace.
Jessica Vega
September 21, 2021
Emergency was one of my favorite shows during childhood. The series benefited from great chemistry among its cast, particularly Tim Donnelly’s on-screen friendship with Station 51 colleagues Randolph Mantooth (John Gage) and Kevin Tighe (Roy Desoto). Donnelly as Chet Kelly was quite a character; he was a B-movie aficionado, firehouse prankster (the Phantom) and food police.

Time out, 9/19/2021.

Station 51, KMG-365.
Irene Markoja
September 21, 2021
Rest in peace Chet Kelly. Loved him on Emergency! One of my favorite tv shows.
Conner Atchison
Other
September 21, 2021
Loved Tim's on-screen work, that was so well-suited in those wonderful Jack Webb productions. A colorful and versatile actor. RIP.
September 21, 2021
RIP Tim. I loved you on Emergency as Chester B.Kelly. You will be missed
Tracey Pine
Acquaintance
September 21, 2021
I loved watching Emergency and who didn’t have a crush on fireman Chet?
Condolences to his family
Dinah Fischer
Friend
September 21, 2021
RIP Mr Donnelly. My sympathies to your family.
Sheri Schongold
September 21, 2021
To this day, when I see firemen, I call them Chet, Marco and Mike. He played a HUGE part in making my childhood a happy one. RIP
M G
September 21, 2021
Aw, dog gonnit anyway... peace be upon your soul . ..
My sincere condolences to Tim's family & friends. Your dad/grandpa/buddy made such a nice contribution as an actor... Tim's acting work is very memorable, even now, 40 years after the last time i watched one of his episodes... just a child of the 60s & a casual fan, julie
Julie
September 21, 2021
Rest in peace Chester B.
September 21, 2021
I've been watching Tim for many years on Emergency & Dragnet. He is a great actor. I'm shocked by his death. Rest in Peace my friend. I will miss you
Annmarie Pasquarelli Blanc
September 21, 2021
I always loved his character on Emergency! with his (at times) snarky sense of humor and how they had him verbally nudge the other characters. I think what made the biggest difference in my life was watching him made me hooked on guys with beautiful 'staches!
Jessica Edwards
Friend
September 21, 2021
R.I.P. you well be missed .you played a good roll. bud
September 21, 2021
Heart broken. Some people you imagine would live forever. He really was known for playing Chester B. “Chet” Kelly. That’s how I’ll remember him. Johnny Gage’s muse, but with a heart of gold! Everyone needs a Chester B. In their lives. I named my little dog Chester with him in mind. Rest In Peace Tim Donnelly! KMG365!
Scott Shaw
Grandparent
September 21, 2021
Tim brought so many smiles and fun memories to my life as a kid and as an adult in Emergency! God bless the Donnelly family.
Jim Brown
Other
September 21, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Edward Velazquez
September 21, 2021
I am sorry for your loss. No words will help you through this time. He will always live in memories. A fan of Emergency
Peggy Crockett
Acquaintance
September 21, 2021
Loved that show. Mr Donnelly was a big part of that series RIP
Margaret Rowlands
September 21, 2021
To the family I'm so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. May you be contorted while you go through this difficult time.
September 21, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
james richardson
September 21, 2021
Tim, You were a great actor and I loved some of the funniest scenes you and Jonny would get yourselves into. You will be missed a lot!!
Michael Burrows
September 21, 2021
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