OBITUARY

Francis "Frank" Leo Kelley

June 19, 1931April 9, 2019
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MARBLEHEAD – Francis “Frank” Leo Kelley, 87, a seven year resident of Marblehead, passed away at Northshore Medical Center, Salem Hospital on Tuesday, April 9th. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Bender) Kelley with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in Braintree, the son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Ryan) Kelley, he was a double eagle graduate of BC High with the Class of ‘49 and of Boston College with the Class of ‘53.

He served as a Captain, stateside in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1953 to 1956. He was most proud of serving in Cherry Point, NC and in Nevada where he witnessed an atomic bomb testing. In 1956 he joined IBM and worked there for 30 years and living in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and New York. He earned his PhD from Temple University and joined the faculty of Drexel University where he was a professor of Business and Communications until his retirement. After moving to Marblehead in 2012, he was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Parish Council member among other duties. He was also the host of Veterans’ Stories on Marblehead TV and served as Grand Marshall of the 2018 Marblehead Memorial Day Parade.

Frank was the loving father of Frank L. Kelley, Jr. and his wife Traci of Virginia, Maryhelen Kelley of Boston, Brian Kelley and his wife, Elise of Beverly Farms, and Elizabeth Kelley of Marblehead; the cherished grandfather of Joseph, Kathryn, Jack, Kaitlyn, Paul, Patrick, Iseabail, and McKeown Kelley; the dear brother of five late siblings and the uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 9:00 to 10:30 AM prior to the Mass on Monday, April 15th at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave Marblehead. Interment at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue Marblehead, MA or the Massachusetts Disabled Veterans, State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133 or via www.davma.org.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 15, 2019
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Francis "Frank" Leo Kelley

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Bill and Netherine Chan

April 14, 2019

Dear Betty,
Please accept our condolences for the passing of Frank. We know how much you loved him and this is a sad moment for anyone who had known him. We are honored to have been friends with Frank and your family. Our deepest sympathy.
Bill and Netherine

Dick Marrs

April 14, 2019

Frank was a natural leader, teacher, caring person and a proud Marine veteran. We are honored to have been friends of Frank Kelley. Dick & Diane

Dave Millett

April 12, 2019

A fond farewell to a great person whom I had known for such a short time but left a lasting memory. Frank and I shared many mornings "pumping up" at the COA in Marblehead. He gave me the incentive to keep moving following my knee surgery. I will also remember Frank as the great communicator for veterans. He brought out the best in all us, and Betty brought out the best in him. May our Lord Jesus welcome Frank unto Heaven and may God bless Betty and all the Kelly family. Semper Fi.

Jim Speros

April 12, 2019

Dear Elizabeth,

I was deeply saddened to learn the news of your dear father’s passing. I know you loved him very much and will miss him. It is said, “If you loved the one you’ve lost, you’ve not lost the one you loved.” Keep him in your heart and a part of him will always be with you. May the Lord grant comfort to you and your family and may your father’s memory be eternal.
With deep sympathy...Jim Speros

Valentine Foti

April 12, 2019

To the Kelley Family:
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May the love you all shared and memories you made together provide comfort during this difficult time. And may his strength and love live on within each of you.
With sympathy,
Val

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Biography

MARBLEHEAD – Francis “Frank” Leo Kelley, 87, a seven year resident of Marblehead, passed away at Northshore Medical Center, Salem Hospital on Tuesday, April 9th. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Bender) Kelley with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in Braintree, the son of the late Joseph and Lillian (Ryan) Kelley, he was a double eagle graduate of BC High with the Class of ‘49 and of Boston College with the Class of ‘53.

He served as a Captain, stateside in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1953 to 1956. He was most proud of serving in Cherry Point, NC and in Nevada where he witnessed an atomic bomb testing.

In 1956 he joined IBM and worked there for 30 years and living in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and New York. He earned his PhD from Temple University and joined the faculty of Drexel University where he was a professor of Business and Communications until his retirement. After moving to Marblehead in 2012, he was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Parish Council member among other duties. He was also the host of Veterans’ Stories on Marblehead TV and served as Grand Marshall of the 2018 Marblehead Memorial Day Parade.

Frank was the loving father of Frank L. Kelley, Jr. and his wife Traci of Virginia, Maryhelen Kelley of Boston, Brian Kelley and his wife, Elise of Beverly Farms, and Elizabeth Kelley of Marblehead; the cherished grandfather of Joseph, Kathryn, Jack, Kaitlyn, Paul, Patrick, Iseabail, and McKeown Kelley; the dear brother of five late siblings and the uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held 9:00 to 10:30 AM prior to the Mass on Monday, April 15th at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave Marblehead. Interment at Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue Marblehead, MA or the Massachusetts Disabled Veterans, State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133 or via www.davma.org.