Joe Kelly

January 9, 1944November 5, 2020

Joe Kelly, loving father, grandfather, brother, husband, friend and sponsor died November 5, 2020 at 10:50pm surrounded by his entire family and closest friends at his home after a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Joseph Francis Kelly was born January 9, 1944 in New York City, the 10th of 15 children of Irish immigrant parents, Rose and Bernard Kelly. After trying his hand as a printer’s apprentice, Joe undertook to learn the roofing trade, a skill he put to use after his 1972 marriage to his first wife, Debera (nee Marchiony.) The couple relocated to Naples, Florida in 1973, where they had three children and Joe started Kelly Roofing. At first a one-man operation, Kelly Roofing now, under the stewardship of his sons, has grown to a multi-million dollar operation.

Joe was a proud and active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, of which he was a sober member for 46 years. Speaking at both national and international AA meetings and conventions, he helped countless members over the years to achieve sobriety.

Travel was one of Joe’s passions and he visited 45 states and many countries, including 17 visits to Ireland. In his later years, he also created many memories with family and friends during time spent at his cabin in Morganton in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

Joe is survived by his wife Susan Popejoy of Marco Island. He is survived by his children Kenneth, Kristina and Joseph, Jr.; daughters and son-in-laws Jennifer, Brittany and Jimmy; grandsons Austin, Jimmy and Justin; ten of his siblings; stepdaughter Linda; step son-in-law Seth; step daughter-in-law Katharine; step-grandchildren Samuel, Stephen, and Nina and step great-grandchildren Ama and Tai. Joe was predeceased by his first wife Debera.

Visitation will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at 525 111th Avenue North in Naples on Friday, Dec. 4th from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 5th from 10-2 with funeral services at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to attend as well as leave any final messages in the virtual guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, the Kelly Family asks that donations in Joe’s name should be made to Avow Hospice of Naples, found at



4 December

New date-Visitation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hodges Funeral Home At Naples Memorial Gardens

525 111th Ave N
Naples, Florida 34108

5 December

New date-Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am


5 December

New dates Funeral Service

11:00 am

Hodges Funeral Home At Naples Memorial Gardens

525 111th Ave N
Naples, Florida 34108

5 December


12:00 pm


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Richard Stone

November 14, 2020

I will never forget the Love and Encouragement my friend and mentor and sponsor Joe has given me over the years. Rest in Peace!!

Heather Wesling

November 13, 2020

We have known Joe for many years around the Naples community. His smile and helping hand will be sorely missed .
Susan we are so deeply sorry for your loss. May you hold onto lovely memories of your journey together.
Rest easy Joe .
In Love & Peace
Heather & Ralph Wesling

Roy Pierson

November 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to all the Kelly family. Joe was a truly an inspiriation to my recovery and introduced me to his great company and his extremely knowledgeable employees. I was blessed to have met Joe thru AA. My prayers to the family

Jessica Hibbler

November 10, 2020

Joe Kelly was a wonderful mentor and friend. Thank you for always being there for me. God bless your family and friends

Mark Ribinson

November 9, 2020

Never met the gentleman but if Kristina is anything like her dad the world lost a wonderful person

Mr Mark

Noreen Haines

November 8, 2020

Joe was a dedicated man. His wife Deborah worked closely with me and taught me a lot! He will be missed!

Kim Pence

November 8, 2020

“Lift them up”, he said.
“Meet their immediate needs”, he said.
“Look for the magic”, he said.
I hung on every word. Thanks for seeing me, Joe, when I felt invisible.
I’ll be on the lookout for that Egret!

Joe Parham

November 8, 2020

Joe, I will miss your unique personality and charm, I felt welcomed in your presence. I will hold our camping trips with Deborah, Bob, Jayne, Chris ,Jeff, Laura and Ted and the kids. They were magic! See you next time!

Kevin Alexander

November 8, 2020

My wife and I knew Joe, (and Debra), for over 25 years. He was one of the first men I met after moving to Naples. Joe took me under his wing as a mentor. I trusted and respected Joe immediately and knew that I could always turn to him for guidance. I am grateful for his friendship but more importantly for the wisdom that he shared with me over the years. Joe Kelly never minced words. He certainly was one of the most authentic and generous men I have ever met. He touched many lives and will be missed by hundreds if not thousands of men and women in the Naples/Marco Island community. May God give rest to his soul and peace to Susan and the entire Kelly family in the days and years ahead.

Donna Drolet

November 8, 2020

Our condolences to the Kelly Family. You will always have great memories of him..he was so loved by you all.


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