Chas. Peter Nagel Funeral Directors

352 East 87th Street, New York, NY


Eugene Richard Kelly Jr.

September 4, 1960January 3, 2020

Eugene R. Kelly, Jr.

New York, NY — Eugene R. Kelly, Jr., 59, of the Upper East Side in Manhattan passed away on January 3, 2020.

Gene was born in Jersey City, N.J. to Eugene Sr. and Audrey Kelly, and grew up in Somerset, N.J. surrounded by brothers and sisters, relatives and friends. He attended the University of Scranton before finding his passion behind the camera shooting sporting events, eventually rising to produce and edit sports coverage for some of the largest sporting events and organizations in the country.

It was a stellar career that took Gene to competitions throughout the City, across the country and around the globe. He earned Emmy Awards, ESPY Awards and International Monitor Awards for his camera, production and post-production work for events ranging from the NFL Draft to the Sydney Olympics to World Cup Skiing. Gene also worked for several years directly for the New York Mets organization, managing game coverage onsite at Shea Stadium and, later, CitiField.

Gene, however, measured his success in more than awards. Indeed, what most delighted and intrigued Gene were the people he worked with, the friendships he built throughout his career, and the camaraderie that is an essential component of success in his field. That spirit and geniality spilled over to every facet of Gene’s life. He lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with his beloved wife Krysia for most of his adult life, and was a regular fixture at neighborhood stores, events and restaurants where people knew and loved him. Indeed, it was not unusual to walk with Gene in his neighborhood and hear calls of “Hey Gene-o!” from people of all walks of life.

Gene loved playing golf, cooking and watching sports when he was not covering them. He was well-read and generous; gregarious and kind.

Gene is survived by his wife Kristine (nee Zagorski) of Manhattan; his mother Audrey of Oceanport, NJ; his sister Maureen Henderson of Manahawkin, NJ; his brother Michael and his partner Nicole of West Long Branch, NJ; and his sister Audrey Murray of Beach Haven, NJ. Also surviving are his beloved nieces and nephews, Meghan, Kyle, Justine, Colette, George and John; and, his grand-niece, Alhana.

He was predeceased by his father, Eugene Sr., in 2018; his brother Thomas F. Kelly in 2003; and his sister Susan T. Kelly in 2008.

Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Chas. Peter Nagel Funeral Directors, 352 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Holy Cross RC Church, 30 Ward Ave, Rumson, NJ 07760. A committal service will follow at Mt Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Rd, Red Bank, NJ 07701, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ChasPeterNagel.com for the KELLY family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, January 9, 2020


Eugene Richard Kelly Jr.

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Craig Pianko

January 10, 2020

One of the nicest guys in our business ! I just heard the news last night ! I’ve known Gene-O for so long and I will never forget his genuine smile ! I will miss him dearly but I will never forget what a great and fun loving person that I called a friend ! My prayers go out to his wife and of course his mom and the rest of his family ! Rest In Peace Gene-O

Patti Garcia

January 9, 2020

To the Kelly family, my heart is heavy for you. I wish you strength and peace. Gene loved each one of you deeply and never failed to mention it. My last conversation with him, he spoke about how happy he was, how much he was loving life, how much he really loved his wife and he felt like he was in a great place. It was too short, but sweet. I’m so glad I had that time. The light that was Gene really did shine bright. He is already so missed. He opened his heart and his home to me and my family over and over again. There are decades of stories sharing so much joy, laughter, heartache and life lessons ...all to be cherished. Some documented (the original vlogger)...some just to be savored in the moment. The life of ‘The Highlander’ is a story of deep love and all that comes with it.
Thank you for being my ‘brother from a different mother’. Gene, you have a spirit like no other and you will be truly missed. Aloha my brother!

Edward Griswold

January 8, 2020

Audrey and family,
I am so deeply saddened to learn of Gene's death. I am sorry I am unable to be present with you tomorrow. I am giving a workshop in Florida. However,my prayers and thoughts are with you. I will say Mass for Gene tomorrow.
May he rest in peace,
Fr. Ed Griswold.

Cathie Hunt

January 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss and ours. Gene would always put a smile on your face when you walked into the tape room. He never stopped talking...but that's what I loved about him. I'll miss seeing his smiling face and his infectious laugh. I know he's smiling down on all of us. Prayers to you and your entire family during this time.

Patrick McCreesh

January 8, 2020

Please accept our condolences on the passing of Eugene. Big fun at Kelly family parties tops the list of my childhood memories.

Gene hosting my first Florida vacation in the late 70’s and touring along the gulf coast soon after he decided on his career; another golden time.

Beloved .

Patrick McCreesh, Kathleen, Patrick, Luke, Rita, and James

Santa Cruz, California

Kevin Williams

January 8, 2020

Running & hosting my karaoke at American Spirits back in the 90’s I’ve encountered many people and patrons. None came close to Eugene Kelly! He had this light whenever he walked in, everyone stranger or unknown drawn to him. This saddens me of his loss more so losing touch after moving to Cali. Godspeed to his dear family and friends, I give my deepest condolences. His genuine heart and spirit will continue to live within us all. Rest In Paradise My Friend, Bless!

Tim O'Connor

January 8, 2020

Gene had an infectious smile and energy filled personality that could light up a room. It was an honor to have him as a teammate and friend in high school. I am so glad we got to catch up again at our 40th Immaculata high school reunion. It's hard to believe he is gone. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Gene!

Tom Dallessio

January 7, 2020

Gene could fill a room with his smile and good nature. We were blessed to see him at our IHS 40th reunion. He had the best stories and reminded us how much fun we had as kids. We will miss him. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

Maria & Paddy Grant

January 7, 2020

We are so very sorry for the loss of our longtime friend Gene. We will miss that big bellowing voice in the neighborhood. We will miss our “Love you guys” greeting. We will miss our friend. The lights are a little dimmer in Yorkville today.

Rest In Peace, Gene.

Ron Niles

January 7, 2020

I remember first meeting Gene along with the rest of Cathy's (my wife) family for the first time. While the boys were eyeing me up Gene came over introduced himself and made me feel a part of the family. He really could light up a room with his presence especially his laugh.
You will be missed, alot Gene, thanks for making
my life better just by knowing you.

I love you Aunt Audrey