John A. O'Kelly

March 16, 1931November 23, 2012

John A. O’Kelly, 81, of Oneonta, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the A.O. Fox Hospital.

John was born on March 16, 1931 in Oneonta, the son of the late James P. and Marguerite (Gilbert) O’Kelly. He married Carol Brown on May 11, 1951.

John worked as a plumbing foreman for more than 30 years for the D&H Railroad. After retiring from the railroad, he worked for 15 years for OPT. He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, the Oneonta Elks Lodge 1312 and the NRA.

He enjoyed shooting pool and was considered by many to be one of Oneonta’s best. He especially enjoyed his Friday meetings with his family and friends at No Place.

John is survived by his wife, Carol Van Hoesen of Oneonta; his children, Judith Pelkey and her husband, Wallace of Alburg, VT, Janet O’Kelly and partner, Marie D’Entrone of Troy, NY, Jonathan O’Kelly and his wife, Lidia of Washington DC, JeriLynne O’Kelly of Sanger, CA and Steve O’Kelly and his wife, Anne of Hobart, IN.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren; his sister, Beverly Thomson and her husband, Richard of Mt. Vision; his sister-in-law, Dorothy O’Kelly of Meredith and many nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents; his two brothers, James and Robert O’Kelly and his granddaughter, Erin Hammac.

A funeral mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:15 am in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 5 to 7 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta at which time the family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Miki and Sadie Carvin

November 30, 2012

Carol,Judy and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed our time with John. We never wanted to play pool against him however, only on his team. He had fabulous stories and such a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

Joan M Crandall

November 29, 2012

Dear Carol and Family, So sorry to here of your loss of John. I know he will be missed greatly by all of you. He is no longer in pain and with God. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mike & Live O'Mara

November 28, 2012

To the family of John O'Kelly; Carol, Judy & Wally Pellkey.

You're in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
John was a good friend and fellow railroader. He will be sorely missed by friends & family.


November 27, 2012

I am sorry for your loss, John will be surely be missed I,m sure he is in LOVING HANDS NOW
My sincere condolence go out to his LOVED ONES .AND FRIENDS


Jamie Moxham

November 27, 2012

To my amazing Grandfather, life without you will never be the same. You took over when my dad couldnt be here anymore. You walked me down the aisle, were there for every choir concert, every prom, every birthday party, every holiday, everything in my life that I needed you there for. I knew I could always count on you. I'm so glad you got to meet my kids. They love you so much. I love you more then anything and the pain of loosing you is unbarable but I know you arent suffering anymore. Have a beer with my dad and shoot a game of pool. I love you always.

Beverly Murch

November 26, 2012

Too many memories, smiles and good times to list. Will miss your presence with us here on Earth but I am sure you are with our other loved ones looking down upon us. Love and hugs sent your way Aunt Carol and family.
Buffy and family

Jody Zintel

November 26, 2012

I'm sorry to hear of Johns passing. I played pool against him for many years, and he was always a worthwhile opponent. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Peggy Hait

November 26, 2012

To Aunt Carol and family our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. May God bless you and your family during this time of sorrow. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Russ and Peggy Hait

November 26, 2012

to Uncle John, thank you for introducing us to Irish Stew! to the family, our condolences. We thank you for sharing Uncle John with us. It has been our pleasure to have had the chance to share his company this past year. Ken & Lauren McNally