OBITUARY

James "Tony" Kelly

September 23, 1944November 23, 2018
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Patrick Kelly on Friday, November 23, 2018, at the age of 74. An Air Force veteran, James served overseas as an Air Traffic Controller during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge in 1968, Jame continued his air traffic controller career for 36 years with the FAA, where he acquired his perennial nickname, “Tony.” He was the ultimate people person, making life-long friends wherever he went, whether holding court at his beloved American Legion or at the local supermarket. James is is survived by Elizabeth, his loving wife of 15 years, and his many brothers and sisters: Doreen, April, Brian, Philip, Annette and Tim, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many, many dear friends. He will remain forever in our hearts.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 30, 2018
REMEMBERING

James "Tony" Kelly

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Paul Amato

November 26, 2018

Tony never shirked his duties as a PATCO Local #160 active member and leader. Having left the “Boards” for Data Systems, he could have stayed but could not let his brother Controllers walk out of the NY TRACON without being with them!
Rest in Peace Brave & Loyal Patriot!

vincent connelly

November 25, 2018

1968 "K E" worked JFK Flight Data and clearance Delivery . "V D" worked "The Pit" in ZNY. You hand copied clearances between facilities at that time. The computers failed when you were busy. We walked a Long PATCO road together thru Sickouts, suspensions, the "Milk of not so human Kindness" and the betrayal by Ronald Reagan and the Republicans. Rehired in 1995 he was one of the first to Look me up. Tho he himself had not been rehired at that time. My wife Patty made him two wedding cakes over the years attending many events together. Walk the High Road my friend and may the wind be always at your Back. You will be WELL remembered as long as those of us left behind talk of "those special friends and special times".

Mary Hauser

November 25, 2018

Wonderful picture! Beautiful tribute! Thank you Brian Kelly!

Rick St. Amour

November 25, 2018

I first met Tony in the early 1970’s at the New York Common IFR Room ( Common EYE ).
Once you met Tony you could not but be drawn to his magnetic personality !!
1981 Tony and his Brother’s followed our Union on a Strike against a Harsh employer, the FAA.
Our employment was forfeited and only a few were ever fortunate to recover our chosen Career. Tony and I reunited in Oklahoma at the FAA Academy were we were reinstated, in 1996. Tony you will be missed and never forgotten by all who had the pleasure of knowing you! Rest In Peace Brother

Andrew Romanic

November 25, 2018

I always had pleasant memories of my time with Tony.

Andrew Esterly

November 25, 2018

A wonderful friend of many years, at the NYCIFRR and the New York Tracon. RIP Tony, may the force always be with you!

Ron Taylor

November 25, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother Tony.......

"Lest We Should Ever Forget"

Ron Taylor
President
PATCO

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