Christopher Ryan Kelly

September 8, 1980February 4, 2019
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Christopher Ryan Kelly, age 38, of Boca Raton, FL - formerly of Miami, FL - went home to be with the Lord on February 4, 2019.

Christopher was born on September 8, 1980 in Miami, FL to Dennis and Carol Kelly. He was a member of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton.

Christopher is survived by his parents Dennis and Carol Kelly of Boca Raton, FL and his brother Sean Kelly of Miami, FL.

Upon graduation from Spanish River High School, Christopher attended Lynn University and FAU Honors College (Jupiter, FL).

Christopher struggled with Cerebral Palsy from birth. He had limited physical mobility his entire life and had been bed-ridden for the past ten years.

Despite his disability, Christopher was an excellent writer and speaker. He had a talent for inspiring all who crossed his path in life, and touched the lives of many. Christopher had numerous faithful friends who continued to visit and interact with Chris even after he became bed-bound. For all of you, his parents are greatly appreciative.

As a child, Christopher was the beneficiary of many Miami non-profit/volunteer organizations including Kiwanis Horses and Handicapped, Shake-a-Leg Foundation (sailing), the Orange Bowl Committee, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Miami Shriners organization and Shriners Hospital (Tampa).

Christopher was a beloved son and will be greatly missed.

A reception will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at Babione Funeral Home, 10060 Calle Commercio Drive, Boca Raton, FL. A short remembrance service will be held at 7:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christopher’s name to Joni & Friends (ministries for the disabled). Please specify “Wheels to the World” or “Family Retreat” ministries.


  • Carol Kelly, Mother
  • Dennis Kelly, Father
  • Sean Kelly, Brother


  • Memorial Gathering Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, February 10, 2019

Christopher Ryan Kelly

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Dennis Kelly

February 22, 2019

Below are Chris' words - posted on his final birthday. Shortly after this, he took
a turn for the worse and within five months we lost him to eternity. (Thanks to
Rick Krive for discovering this message.)

"With the close of my 38th birthday I take time out to take stock and reflect.
Those with the time came, fed me, gave gifts and showered me with the love and
appreciation I don't entirely deserve. Many others called and there's just no
other way to say this - yes - I face what most only conceive of in nightmares -
but I'd like to think I was chosen and my purpose is clear. I serve something
far greaater than myself, and far stronger disabled men and women have fought
and died establishing the fearsome reputation I am now bound to carry forward
in their honor. To my people, the ones who truly love me, I couldn't dream of
a better family -- most of you are not related to me by blood, but if I've told
you I love you, I think of you that way - I couldn't be anymore sincere about
that. There's the family you start out with, and then the one you build over a
lifetime -- and all of you support me in ways I NEED. Straight up, if I call,
text, and generally bug you it's because without you all I simply wouldn't be
here today! I'm the most fortunate guy on the planet -- monetarily I'm not
anywhere near where I would like to be, but I'm finally OK with that. Money
comes and goes. Friends you can depend on? Those are forever -- and I've got
those in spades. Therefore, it is no stretch of the imagination or truth to say
without reservation each of you make me the richest man alive, with a full
heart and soul."

Jacquie Weddle

February 22, 2019

Dear Christopher (Robin)

I wanted to be there to say good-bye yesterday, but circumstances had me going home (Michigan) instead. I can hear you say, like you always did, “I understand, don’t worry Batman, we can do it another time.”

When you asked me what I wanted for Christmas one year, I told you, I wanted a collection of your you gave it to me, a binder of ALL your writings from 1996-2000!

In a word from the author you wrote, “some define poetry in a traditional sense, others do not. Personally, I believe poetry to be the creative outlet reserved for those who can’t draw worth a damn, or carry a tune to save their lives. If this collection accomplishes nothing more, I hope that it encourages each of you to search for, and take hold of, whatever means of self-expression you wish to exercise. Inherently, that’s really what it’s all about: fulfilling and following the desires of your soul; take away that desire, and part of the beauty behind humanity and it’s awe inspiring power is lost.“. CK December 27, 2000

I cannot think of a better way to honor your memory than to share a few of your “awe inspiring” poems!

Starting With You
By Christopher Ryan
Visions of tomorrow
A world not so hungry
A race without sorrow
Imagine, denying yourself
Maybe just once
Close your eyes and dream
Hope will bring us through
The actions that change the world
Have to start with you...
Offer something before you take
And be astounded
At the difference you make.
I will forever be grateful, “astounded” at the difference you made in my life. You will always have a piece of my heart!

Love you forever,
Your Batman

Trish Ratcliffe

February 20, 2019

We’re celebrating that Chris has been made whole and is in heaven; free from his bed that confined him for so long.

Nori Nicholas

February 20, 2019

You are missed so very much. Thank you for being my dear friend! I picture you running through the gates of heaven and leaping into David’s arms. (A little theological license:)

Kathleen Salerno

February 20, 2019

My life was better because you were part of it. May you walk forever on streets of gold my dear dear friend- gone now but never ever forgotten!

Shell Sara-Tereas

February 20, 2019

The Honors College family has lost a friend today, Christopher Kelly. His family posted that he passed this morning. He will be missed.

Robb Muir

February 20, 2019

It is with a saddened and very heavy heart that on this day I remember my Father on what would have been his 71st birthday, I must also pass along the news that my brother and one of my very best friends of 20 years, Christopher Kelly (aka The Gimp to most of us), passed away at home early this morning. By far the most inspirational and individual human I had the pleasure of knowing in my life, Chris indelibly touched the lives of anyone who knew him in a truly unique way.

Jonathon Rebar

February 20, 2019

Chris was such a vital part of my young life. He was a great man and a true philosopher. I will miss his challenging wit and perserverent spirit. Thanks for letting me be part of his journey.

Jonathan Rebar

audrey Woita

February 17, 2019

Thank you for putting the memorial service on line. Glen and I cried, sang and enjoyed hearing of the love and life of Chris. The hole he left just deepens in time. Knowing that there are many grieving the life of this godly man and soldier is soothing.

Megan-Anne Curran

February 14, 2019

This morning at 1am we lost another beautiful soul from this earth. My dear friend Christopher Kelly is finally at peace. You lived such an inspirational 38 years of life on this earth and my family and I are so blessed to have known you. We love Chris. May you find peace now

Chris was born with cerebral palsy and has spent the last ten years in bed, but that never stopped him for a second. He battled every second of every day and always made sure that anyone who left him, left happier. He was such a kind person full of love and light.

We love you Chris. Always have and always will.