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He was born on May 15, 1953 in Lawrence, Mass., and died on May 21, 2022 at his home in Gloucester, Virginia, after a long battle with cancer.

He loved to travel, New England sports, especially the Patriots and Red Sox, NASCAR, thoroughbred racing, and boating and fishing.

He loved family get-togethers, starting new business ventures, exhibiting at state fairs and festivals and hosting Super Bowl parties, especially when the Patriots and Tom Brady were involved. He was especially proud of catching a citation fish with his nephew George during his last year of life and winning the Kentucky Derby, May 6 of this year. He went out with a bang, just as he wished.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Martin Kelley, and mother, Irene Louise Chagnon Kelley. He is survived by his wife, Clara Sterling Kelley; sisters, Anne Henry (Chris), Paula Gauvin (Danny), and brother, Paul Kelley. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle to Scott Bryan (Kathy); grandchildren, Julianna, Alexandra, Amelia, and Andrew; nieces and nephews, George Jones (Catherine), David Jones (Janice), Jami Bryan Yazdanis (Arrash), Rus Rilee (Laurie), Amanda Sayles (Andy), Chris Sterling (Caron), Brian Sterling (Diana), Jeffrey Henry (Kristine), Kelley Kresser (Erich), and many wonderful great-nieces and -nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held on June 25, 2022 at Severn Church, Gloucester, at 10 a.m., with a brunch to follow in the church fellowship hall.

Andrews Funeral Home in Gloucester, is in charge of all arrangements.