Francis Joseph Kelly

March 6, 1935October 2, 2020

Francis Joseph Kelly, 85, of Ashland, former longtime resident of Sudbury, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2020. Beloved husband of his wife of 46 years, the late Marie Eileen (Hingston) Kelly.

A native of Worcester and the proud son of Irish immigrants Simon and Mary (McNamara) Kelly. Frank received a bachelor of arts degree with honors from the College of the Holy Cross, and an MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. Frank was very proud of his work as a clinical social worker helping many people for over 33 years.

Devoted father of Francis J. Kelly Jr. of Hurley, NY, Michael R. Kelly and his wife Mary of Front Royal, VA, Kevin S. Kelly and his wife Rose of Forestdale, MA, Kathleen M. Bates and her husband Wayne of Ashland, Maura B. Kelly and her husband Daniel of Ashland; Beloved grandfather of Meghan and Maribeth Kelly, Elizabeth, Katie, and Nai Kelly, Aidan, Ronan, and Finnian Bates, John and Roisin Kelly. He is survived by his sister- in-law, Dawn Kelly of Watertown, CT, the wife of his late brother Simon C. Kelly, Jr. Cherished uncle to several nieces and nephews, as well as great grandfather of three.

A private funeral Mass for Frank will be celebrated Wednesday, October 7, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sudbury, with interment to follow at Mount Wadsworth Cemetery, Sudbury. The Mass will be livestreamed on

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s memory to: Food For the Poor at, or mail to 6401 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Chris Hammer

October 6, 2020

Father Richard Erickson asked that the following note be shared - I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. May he be with the Lord in Heaven today.

Fr Rich

Charles Martel

October 6, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Kelly family on the passing of Frank. I began working with Frank at FC&GC in 1980 in Braintree, where he was my supervisor for 8 years. Learned so much from him, especially his kindness and compassion. Will always be grateful. He touched the lives of many over his long career. Charles Martel

Chris Hammer

October 5, 2020

Frank, a friend, someone who always offered to help and helped with kindness and love. The Knights are still using procedures and processes Frank initiated. We will always remember you, you will be missed, but never forgotten. God Bless you and welcome you home. Peace be with you.


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