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John Herbert Kells
1938 - 2021
Campbell Funeral Home - Beverly
525 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA
John Herbert Kells
John Herbert Kells, 83, passed away on Sunday November 7, 2021 at the Atrium at Veronica Drive, Danvers, Mass.
Born in April 1938 to David and Evelyn Kells, John grew up with his brother David and sister Mary in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
After graduating from Poly Prep Country Day School, John enrolled as an engineering major at Colgate University, then transferred to NYU, graduating with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Beata Ryan, in January 1962.
A member of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport CT, The Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead MA, and The New York Yacht Club in Newport RI and NY, NY, John was an avid sailor and loved to race his Thistle, Pandemonium and Pearson 36, Celebration. He learned to ski in his twenties and fell in love with Stratton Mountain VT where he spent many winter weekends.
A pioneer in computer sales, John's professional life spanned over 40 years at firms including Honeywell, Nixdorf Computer USA, Stratus Computer and TD Systems. John ultimately settled in Stratton Vermont, where he served on the board of his condominium association, joined the Stratton Mountain Guides, and embarked on a career in property management and real estate sales with TPW.
John is survived by his four children; John Ryan Kells (Deirdre Kleinschmidt Kells) of Maynard MA, Colleen Kells Sepich (Jon Sepich) of Manchester MA, David Bryan Kells of Tahoe CA, and Peter Christopher Kells (Gina Boland Kells) of Waterville VT, and seven grandchildren; Matthew Sepich, Siobhan Kells, Meghan Sepich, Nicolas Kells, Jack Kells, Monica Kells, and Charlie Kells.
John is predeceased by his parents, David and Evelyn Kells, his brother David, sister Mary, and beloved wife Patricia.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:00a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Senior Solutions – Council on Aging for SE Vermont, 38 Pleasant Street, Springfield, VT 05156 Information, directions and condolences at
Published by Westport-News on Nov. 17, 2021.
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