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Neary Quinn Funeral Home

39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ

OBITUARY

Major General (Ret) Patrick Joseph Kelly

September 2, 1937September 13, 2019

Major General (Ret) Patrick Joseph Kelly was born in New Canaan, CT on September 2, 1937. He attended St. Basil’s Preparatory School prior to attending Marquette University. Within Marquette he completed the Reserve Officers Training Corps and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1959 in Milwaukee, WI. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School and a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Science from the University of California Davis. His military education includes the engineering officer basic and advanced course, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. His 33 year military career included two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, A Near East Project in Israel supporting the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord, a tour of duty during the Gulf War in Kuwait and various commands throughout the U.S. His awards and decorations received include the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Award (two awards), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. He also wore the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab upon completion of Ranger School. Following his retirement of 33 years from the Army in 1992, Major General (Ret) Patrick J. Kelly worked as a senior engineer executive for Waste Management in Chicago, IL, Rust International in Washington D.C. and Weston Solutions in West Chester, PA and as a Military Consultant for the International Longshoremen’s Association until the present time. Major General (Ret) Patrick Joseph Kelly is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Marilyn Ann Kelly, with their four children Karen, Patrick, Megan and Marilyn. He is also the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren. He is the son of the late Patrick J. Kelly and Mary Kate Kelly. His surviving immediate family also include his sisters Ann Connell, Rose Sutherland, Marguerite Comerford, and Sheila Reidell. The visitation is being held Tuesday at Neary Quinn Funeral Home in Manasquan, NJ on September 17, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. The family is asking in lieu of flowers please share any donations to the Wounded Warriors and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The funeral Mass is being held at 10am at St. Dominic’s Church in Brick, NJ on Wednesday September 18, 2019. Following the Mass, the Burial will be held at 12:30pm at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Memories

Major General (Ret) Patrick Joseph Kelly

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Tracy Comerford

September 21, 2019

Much love to you and your family. Lots of good memories.
With love,
Jed, Tracy, Mason, Hayden and Preston

Pat Lenihan

September 19, 2019

I grew up with Marilyn, so I’ve known Pat since they were married at West Point. I’ve gotten together with he and Marilyn more since he retired when I would go back east, and we would have dinner together. He was a very unassuming great guy and gentleman and he will be missed by many.
My maiden name was Kelly, so we used to joke on the phone when I would call, and I would say,”Hi Pat Kelly, this is the other Pat Kelly!”
RIP Pat Kelly!❤️

Jim Mahoney

September 19, 2019

Marilyn,
Barb & I were so sorry to hear about Pat. He was so humble in the face of all his accomplishments. We will miss him so much from out 'Tropic Bay Family'. Our deepest sympathies and best wishes to you and your family.

Love,
Jim & Barb Mahoney

Ralph Locurcio

September 18, 2019

I am Brigadier General Ralph V. Locurcio, PE. I retired from the US Army and the Corps of Engineers in 1996. During my 30 years of active service I knew and worked with General Kelly on several assignments, but most importantly during the Reconstruction of Kuwait in 1991. Gen. Kelly was one of the finest military officers and engineers whom I was privileged to work with during my military service, and especially during my Kuwait tour of duty. He was always the smartest person in the room, a brilliant engineer and strategist. Shortly after my deployment to Kuwait as Commander of the Kuwait Emergency Recovery Office (KERO), Gen Kelly was deployed by the Pentagon as the Commander of the Defense Reconstruction Assistance Office (DRAO). As such his role was over sight of my reconstruction operations, coordination with the Pentagon and with the US Kuwait Ambassador. Although I worked for the Headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers, Gen Kelly was, in effect, my local boss. In short, I could not have had a more effective and approachable superior. For starters, he kept the Pentagon at bay, especially when they tried to micromanage my operations. In this regard, he also supported my needs for funding on several occasions. In addition, he was the primary interface with the US Ambassador and the Kuwaiti government, ensuring that they understood our mission, authorities and limitations. Finally, he was my mentor, a sounding board whom I could approach to provide guidance and assistance in deciding difficult matters of policy in a war-torn environment. I have considerably more information to share but am limited by the space allowed in this context. I will attach a photo of Pat Kelly and myself in Kuwait. I live in Florida and am unable to attend the funeral. However, I have more information and documents about his Kuwait experience. I would feel honored if you would send an email to me at: locurcio@fit.edu or you can call me at (321) 453-7099 so I can share these.

Lewis Lovitt

September 18, 2019

I never met the General but I come from a long line of military men and women, and I know that those bars are not given to just anyone. My condolences to his family.

Ted Hodan

September 16, 2019

Pat Kelly began his post high school education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where most of us met him when we (as had Pat) became members of Triangle Fraternity. Because of his exceptional leadership skills, scholarship, athletic ability and incredible personal discipline, he was THE member all Triangles looked up to and respected. It is no surprise to us who knew Pat well as a young man that he successfully accomplished so many difficult and challenging military assignments. Always a committed Catholic, he influenced (for the better) all of us then young guys (who needed his kind of Influence). He will be missed. From Ted Hodan and all other Marquette Triangles influenced by Pat.

Michael & Elena Moran

September 16, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the Kelly Family as well as Pat’s sisters. It was an honor to have known Pat and be in his company. Always a gentleman to myself and my family. Always a kind word and a smile. Rest in Peace General.
Love,
Michael and Elena

Linda Sulinski/Weber

September 15, 2019

Mr. Kelly,
You Always made me smile... especially on my visits to the Jersey Shore!
I will never forget you walking into a super crowded bar, to hand Marilyn her phone, so she wouldn’t miss a call from her now husband Paul. What a dad!
I will always hold a very special place in my heart for you 💙
Linda

Fred Kinney

September 15, 2019

I had the honor of meeting & playing golf with Pat. He was always a special person to be with. My prayers are with Pat & his family.

Fred Kinney

Isabel Gerencer

September 15, 2019

Thank you for issuing my Oath of Office Uncle Pat, it meant the world to me.

FROM THE FAMILY