Richard J. “Rick” Kelley, Ret. Woburn Police Chief

June 2, 2021

Richard J. “Rick” Kelley, Ret. Woburn Police Chief
U.S. Veteran

Woburn Police Department

Richard J. Kelley, Ret. Chief WPD  – in Woburn suddenly, June 2nd at the age of sixty-seven. Beloved husband of Ann Marie (Fruggiero) Kelley.  Cherished Dad of Jennifer Betsch, her husband Thomas of West Yarmouth, Marc Kelley of Woburn and Ryan Kelley, his wife Jessica of Woburn.  Dear brother of Thomas Kelley, his wife Nancee and Diane Kelley McInnis, her husband Michael.  Doting papa of Brooklyn Betsch and Norah Kelley. Loving Uncle of Luke and Steven McInnis.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn, Tuesday morning June 8th at 10 a. m..  CALLING HOURS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY, JUNE 7TH  IN  ST. BARBARA CHURCH, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn from 2 – 6 P.M   Please, in lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made to honor Rick at the Joslin Clinic, 1  Joslin Place,  Boston, MA 02215. At the families request masks are encouraged but not required.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

Richard J. “Rick” Kelley passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday morning, June 2nd at sixty-seven years of age. Rick was the beloved husband of over 42 years to Ann Marie (Fruggiero) Kelley.

Born in Boston, Rick was one of three children born to the late James R. and Margaret F. (McKenna) Kelley. Rick began his life journey in Somerville, and at age eight, along with his family, moved to the West Side of Woburn where he has remained throughout his life.

Following graduation from college, Rick met and later married the true love of his life Ann Marie Fruggiero. They began their future together in 1978 and journeyed over the last forty-two years together.

Rick was no stranger to sports! While growing up he played them all and once he arrived at Woburn High School, he was a standout athlete in both basketball and baseball. After graduating from Woburn High School with the Class of 1971, Rick continued on with his education receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, in 1975 from Boston State College.

In 1977 Rick began his long career with the Woburn Police Department, starting as a reserve Officer. Three years later he became a full time Police Officer, consistently going forward; moving up the ranks – first as a Sargent in 1987; Lieutenant in 1995; Captain in 1997 and in 2011 Rick was promoted to interim Chief of the Woburn Police Department. At the end of that year, Rick retired to spend time with his wife and family.

Rick was highly regarded and respected as an officer and a gentleman! As he moved up the chain of command in the Police Force, that never changed who he was to the core – Fair, honest and respectful, as well as serving as a wonderful mentor to those whom he worked with.

Rick and Ann Marie were blessed with a daughter and two sons, and they were his pride and joy! Rick being a history buff, would travel with the family to many historical places including Washington D.C., Gettysburg and many more. Throughout their life, Rick was actively involved in all of his children’s activities including academic and sporting all throughout their school and college years.

When retirement came Rick and Ann Marie spent a great amount of time at their home on the Cape, entertaining family and friends. Rick not being one to sit idle was always busy around the house doing all sorts of projects from painting to landscaping, enjoying every minute! Even including the birds, making sure they were warm and fed throughout the winter months!

Rick had been a longtime member of the Woburn Country Club as a member of the 19th Hole, serving as Vice President for many of years. He had played in many tournaments as well as enjoyed yearly golf trips to New Hampshire and Myrtle Beach.

Ricks greatest role in life however was becoming “Papa” to his two beautiful granddaughters. He truly cherished this role, whether it be cradling them in his arms, playing outside in the yard or taking them for ice cream. The smile on his face when he was with them, could be seen for miles. He was truly the most kind, caring, devoted and dedicated family man and will be deeply and sorely missed by all whom had the pleasure of knowing him.

Beloved husband of Ann Marie (Fruggiero) Kelley.  Cherished Dad of Jennifer Betsch, her husband Thomas of West Yarmouth, Marc Kelley of Woburn and Ryan Kelley, his wife Jessica of Woburn.  Dear brother of Thomas Kelley, his wife Nancee and Diane Kelley McInnis, her husband Michael.  Doting papa of Brooklyn Betsch and Norah Kelley. Loving Uncle of Luke and Steven McInnis.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn, Tuesday morning June 8th at 10 a. m..  CALLING HOURS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY, JUNE 7TH  IN  ST. BARBARA CHURCH, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn from 2 – 6 P.M   Please, in lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made to honor Rick at the Joslin Clinic, 1  Joslin Place,  Boston, MA 02215. At the families request masks are encouraged but not required. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn, Tuesday morning June 8th at 10 a. m..  CALLING HOURS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY, JUNE 7TH  IN  ST. BARBARA CHURCH, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn from 2 – 6 P.M   Please, in lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made to honor Rick at the Joslin Clinic, 1  Joslin Place,  Boston, MA 02215. At the families request masks are encouraged but not required.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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  1. Chief Kelly was always very pleasant to deal with during the eight years that I called on the Woburn Police Department, servicing their voluntary retirement plan. Every Police Department should have a Chief Kelly!

  2. Bob and Maria Hennessy

    Ann and family. We are so very saddened to hear of Rick’s unexpected passing. He was a great father, police officer and fun to talk to at all the kids sporting events. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts.

  3. The Meyer Family

    We are all so very sorry to hear that Rick has passed. It has been a while since our kids were young and we were all at sporting events and of course, at the Reeves, but for a time we were all in it together. Good memories. He will be missed by many. Peace to you and your family Ann.
    Karen, Ryall, Chris and Travis

  4. Kevin McDonough

    My thoughts and prayers to the Kelley family during this difficult time. The Chief was simply one of the best. Job well done Rick.

    Sincerely,
    Kevin McDonough

  5. Kathleen Walsh

    Ann, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Rick. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy Walsh

  6. Lisa Sweeney Lohnes and Gerry Lohnes

    To the Kelley Family,

    Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We met Rick through my Dad, Dave Sweeney, and he always spoke so highly of him. He greatly enjoyed working with him and also loved spending time with him and Walter Callahan. May God bless you and hold you all in his prayers.

  7. My sincere condolences to the Kelley Family on Rick’s passing. He was a true gentleman an agreat person to be around. He will be missed by all.

  8. Ann, Tom and Dianne So sorry to hear about Rick. My sympathies to all of you and your families. May someday all the good and happy memories of Rick, outweigh the sorrow in your hearts today.

  9. Robert F. Connolly Jr

    Ann, Tom, Diane, and the Kelley families: I was shocked and saddened to hear about Ricky’s passing. Being a lifelong Woburnite, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Rick most of my life, as well as Tom and Diane. I met Ann at Digital, and all of my memories with the Kelley’s were enjoyable times in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time and I hope your find memories carry you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Bob Connolly

  10. Sorry to hear of Ricks passing. He showed me how to walk the Woburn Sq. beat back in the late 80’s. When my brother passed in 2013 Rick was present at his wake and funeral and along with Walter Callahan made sure his service went smooth and seamless always concerned for my family’s needs.

  11. Stephen Malone

    Great childhood memories of Ricky at the Kelley basketball hoop, Howard Court Park, and St Barbara trips to Canobie Lake Park. We hit the trifecta at the Kelleys with Rick, TK, and Diane. It was a great neighborhood to grow up in.
    Rick has left a legacy that his family can be proud of. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Kelley family.
    Stephen Malone and The Malone Family
    ‘Sammy’

  12. Kelley Family,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Rick always talked to me like an adult when I was a kid, and vice versa. That’s a skill that can bring a smile to anyone. You’re all in my thoughts.

  13. Kelly Jamieson

    Anne, Jennifer, Marc and Ryan. We are so saddened to hear the news about Rick. The neighborhood will feel empty without him.
    Please know we are thinking of you all during this time.
    Matt, Kelly, Andrew, Nick & Kristian Jamieson

  14. Jane and Peter Lowell

    We were so sorry to hear of Chief Kelley’s sudden passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

    Jane and Peter Lowell

  15. Holly & Jake Callahan

    Dear Ann, Jen, Marc and Ryan
    I can’t begin to express the heartache we are feeling for you. We love being your neighbors, having conversations and keeping up with each other’s families. We are so blessed with your friendship. Rick will be missed. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to be helpful. We are so sorry for your loss.

  16. Dr .Robert J. Ferullo, Sr.

    To the entire Kelley family: my empathy, prayers, and condolences on the passing one of Woburn’s finest policemen. My son succeeded him as Chief and always said what a great man he was and big shoes he had to fill.
    I had the pleasure of getting to know him as he was an employee of the Lynch Cantillon funeral home when he came into St Anthony of Padua when I was the Sr Acolyte for funeral masses. He was friendly, cordial , and just a wonderful individual. RIP Chief!🧑🏿‍💻

  17. For Ann and the Kelley family, our prayers are with you. Rick was a great guy and a very thoughtful, first cousin. Along with my late brother. Tim. Ricky, Diane, Tom, and I enjoyed many family gatherings at the home of Grandpa and Nana Kelley in Medford, Mass, years ago. Rick would always oblige a call for assistance or advice. Although it pains me greatly that he has left us far too soon, I feel certain that the first images he saw, after “crossing over” were the loving smiles on the faces of my Uncle Rich and Aunt Mickey, there, to be the first to greet him.

  18. Glenn Stirling

    I am shocked and saddened to learn of Rick’s passing. Growing up in the same neighborhood in the West Side, we spent countless hours together shooting baskets at “Kelley’s Hoop”. We knew each other for 60 years. This is devastating news. My deepest condolences to his family and his many friends. RIP old friend …

  19. John Lynch WHS Class of 1971

    My condolences to Tommy, Diane and the entire Kelley family –
    Ricky was a good kid to pal around with growing up on the West Side where we’d all get together for pickup games.
    I remember playing with him in St. Barbara’s CYO basketball and baseball – he could play!
    I do hope your memories will help to sustain you during your grief and bring a smile to your face when he comes to mind.
    RIP Ricky.

  20. Tim McComrick

    My families deepest sympathy to all of you as you go through this difficult time.

  21. Dear Kelley Family ,
    As a classmate,teammate and friend,Rick
    was always a class act.
    So sorry for your loss.
    He will be missed

  22. Leslie (Cumming) Hannon

    I am so sorry for your loss. He always watched out for my parents and I will always be grateful. May he rest in peace. Sending hugs and prayers to his family.

  23. Dear Ann and family, We all thought so highly of Rick, he was just such a wonderful person and a great friend to Butch. Please know that our empathy and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

    Joan, Kate, Elizabeth, and Ted Murray

  24. Anna M. Cumming

    Our sincere sympathy to the Kelley family, our neighbor of 40 years.
    We will always be grateful for the help Richard gave us when needed. May the good Lord grant all of you the strength, courage and understanding to face the difficult days ahead.
    Rest in peace in the loving arms of the Lord.

    Anna and Arthur Cumming

  25. Ed and Lois Friedrich

    Ann and family…so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our hearts and in our prayers. There are no words right now to express how sad we feel. Hugs Annie!!! I love you!

  26. Mary Culhane Blake

    To Ann Marie & Family,
    So sad to hear this news. Rick was a wonderful guy and will be missed.
    Sending our prayers and sympathy to all of you.
    Mary & Scott Blake

  27. Angelo J. Piazza, Jr.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chief Kelley. My Dad would always tell me to talk with Rick whenever I had questions concerning work. Rick was truly a mentor! RIP

  28. Charles t Culhane

    Ann Marie and family,

    Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within out hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  29. Dear Kelley Family, We want to express our sincere sympathy during this very difficult time as you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob and Patti Magee

  30. Adeline Sweeney

    Ann and family,Rick was such a special guy, Dave always spoke so fondly of him. Be assured of my prayers for you and your family during this sad and difficult time ..

  31. Dear Ann, Jennifer, Marc, and Ryan,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Susan & Bob Kelley

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