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John J Kelly

February 4, 2024
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John Kelly Obituary


John J. Kelly

September 19, 1934 - February 4, 2024

John Joseph Kelly of West Roxbury died Sunday February 4th peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Loving husband of Joan (d'Entremont) Kelly. Loving father of John Kelly (Karen) of West Roxbury, Jim Kelly (Ellen) of Ashland, Trisha Hughes (Mike) of Norwood, Tom Kelly (Debbie) of West Roxbury,  Stephen Kelly (Maribel) of Dedham and Brian Kelly (Tina) of Milford; grandchildren Laura, Matthew K, Michael, Erin, Ashley, Jamie, Lcpl Shawn (USMC), Daniel, Kaitlyn, John, Liam, Matthew T and many nieces and nephews.  He also leaves his sisters, Mary Nelson, Sr. Patricia Kelly, brother Andrew “Jerry” and the late James Kelly.

John was born on September 19, 1934 in Dorchester, MA and raised in Savin Hill. The son of the late Joseph and Mary Kelly. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and served in the United States Army in Germany.  John worked for New England Telephone Company for over 40 years. After marriage in 1964 John and Joan settled in West Roxbury to raise their family. He was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul of Holy Name Church in West Roxbury and an active parishioner. John was a long time baseball coach for Parkway Little League and always available to volunteer for any community activities including Bingo Night at the Boys Club.  He was well loved for his portrayal of Santa Claus and brought joy to many children and adults at Christmas parties and holiday events in addition to many charity events. John was an avid hockey fan and loved the Bruins, he also played hockey himself into his 50's.  

Family and friends will gather to celebrate John's life at Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St. West Roxbury on Wednesday February 7th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and again at 10:00am on Thursday morning, February 8th before leaving in procession to Holy Name Church, 1689 Centre St. West Roxbury where his funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00am. Burial will be at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Saint Vincent De Paul Holy Name Church 1689 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA. 02132.


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February 7, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home
1803 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132

Funeral Mass
February 8, 2024

11:00 AM
Holy Name Church Centre St. West Roxbury


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