James R. Kelley

May 21, 2007

James R. Kelley

JAMES R. KELLEY- in Woburn, Monday, May 21st, beloved husband of Margaret F. (McKenna) Kelley. Devoted father of Richard J. Kelley and his wife Ann Marie of Woburn, Thomas F. Kelley and his wife Nancee of Methuen and Diane Kelley McInnis and her husband Michael of Wilmington. Dear brother of the late Joan Mahoney, Mary Burke, Thomas and Daniel “Bud” Kelley. Loving grandfather of Jennifer, Marc, and Ryan Kelley, Luke and Steven McInnis and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 25th at 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 12 Noon. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Kelley’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 or St. Clement’s High School, 71 Warner Street, Medford, MA 02155.
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OBITUARY:

James R Kelley succumbed late Monday evening, May 21st, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. The devoted husband of Margaret F. (McKenna) Kelley, he was 84 years of age.

Born in Brewer, Maine, he was the son of the late James J. and Julia (Finnigan) Kelley. At the age of ten he and his family left Maine and moved to Somerville. He was a graduate of St. Clement’s High School and then went on to Trade School where he began his lifetime profession as a Master Electrician.

Following school he began his apprenticeship with American Machine Foundry, where he remained for the next several years. In 1953 he married Margaret McKenna and they made their home in Somerville. Then in 1962 they moved to Woburn, on the west side of the city where they have remained. Also in the early sixties Mr. Kelley began working for Honeywell in Brighton and their he remained for over the next thirty years. Mr. Kelley was a very devoted husband and father. He actively participated in his children’s academic and sporting events and followed that through also with his grandchildren.

Around the house, Mr. Kelley was a very handy man, and thoroughly enjoyed any and all projects that would present themselves. Nothing was ever too big or too small to take care of. He was an avid gardener who every year would have a “bumper” crop of tomatoes, and provide his family and neighbors with these zesty and tasty homegrown treats throughout the summer months. He also enjoyed animals and would be sure to keep the birds fed through the fall and winter months.

When it came to politics, Mr. Kelley liked nothing better than a good stimulating conversation. He always made it a point to keep abreast of what was happening in the area of current events, and would be found reading Newsweek, Time, National Geographic or any other chronicle of political interest in his spare time. In regards to Mr. Kelley’s profession as a Master Electrician, he successfully continued throughout his lifetime and even after his retirement to take the state tests administered every four years to keep up with his licensure.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Joan Mahoney, Mary Burke, Thomas and Daniel “Bud” Kelley.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of fifty-four years Margaret F. (McKenna) Kelley and was the devoted father of Richard J. Kelley and his wife Ann Marie of Woburn, Thomas F. Kelley and his wife Nancee of Methuen and Diane Kelley McInnis and her husband Michael of Wilmington. He was the loving grandfather of Jennifer, Marc, and Ryan Kelley, Luke and Steven McInnis and uncle to many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, May 25th, at 11a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mr. Kelley’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

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  1. Dennis Kelley Burke – Katy, TX
    It was just 2 short years ago that the Kelley’s and Burke’s got together to celebrate the life and passing of my mother who is now joined by Richard and the rest of the clan. I do wish I was much closer to Boston to make the trip but alas we are flying to Tulsa to pack and move Shannon to Austin, TX where she is seeking work as a Middle School science teacher. God bless the Kelley families at this time. We will keep all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dennis, Holly, Shannon & Jameson Burke

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