OBITUARY

John Philip Kelly

October 25, 1942February 4, 2019
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John Philip Kelly passed away peacefully on February 4, 2019 after a courageous and valiant 14-year battle against the devastating effects of a massive stroke. Born on October 25, 1942 in Queens, NY, John was the second of 6 children born to Laura and James Kelly, a NYC fireman. John attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School in Queens Village, Saint John’s Prep on The Fireman’s Scholarship, and Saint John’s University where he was a proud member of PAS Fraternity. While attending Saint John’s, John met his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Grady Kelly.

After graduating from SJU with a BS in Economics, John joined Pitney Bowes where he achieved Salesman of the Year during his first year of employment. In 1973, as a promising entrepreneur, John started CDP Marketing in Huntington, NY. He eventually sold CDP to TSR, another Long Island based company. At TSR, John met Bob Orf with whom he founded OKRA Marketing Corporation in Tampa, FL, a move which would define his professional career. OKRA became the worldwide leader in direct marketing in financial institutions. After selling the company to John Harland Corp. in 1996, John expanded the European operation and was lucky enough to live in London, where he and Mary traveled across Europe, especially loving their visits to the West Coast of Ireland, Provence and Positano, Italy.

John was a proud father to his sons John Jr. of Nashville, TN and Justin of Brooklyn, NY. John was “Bumpa” to his beautiful grandchildren Shea, John III (Jack) and Rian who he adored. He is also survived by his sisters Cathleen Lombardi, Laura Hassett (Patrick) his brother Steve (Mila) and his many beloved nieces and nephews.

John loved sailing on the boats he owned over the years, Genesis, Emerald and Night Wind. He was an avid golfer playing at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club and enjoyed breakfast at Pach’s Place with his longtime buddies. John was a true Irish gentleman and will be missed by all those lucky enough to have known him.

Visitation services will take place from 6-8pm on Friday, February 8th at Blount and Curry Funeral Home 605 MacDill Avenue in South Tampa and a Funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Saturday, February 9th at Christ the King Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Saint John’s University.

  • FAMILY

  • John was a proud father to his sons John Jr. of Nashville, TN and Justin of Brooklyn, NY. John was “Bumpa” to his beautiful grandchildren Shea, John III (Jack) and Rian who he adored. He is also survived by his sisters Cathleen Lombardi, Laura Hassett (Patrick) his brother Steve (Mila) and his many beloved nieces and nephews.
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  • St. John’s University

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Prayer Service Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

John Philip Kelly

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Barbara Ryals

February 7, 2019

Mary,
We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We hope your sweet memories will bring you comfort and peace as you grieve the loss of your beloved husband.
Sincerely,
Barbara and Les Ryals

Carhy Lombardi

February 7, 2019

Judy Grady

February 6, 2019

Our condolences to Mary Kelly and her entire family at this time of sadness. May God grant you the strength to carry you through a difficult time and celebrate the life of a very loved man.

Love & sincerity.


Family of the late Thomas Grady, Jr.
(Judy, Tommy (Rachel), Sarah (Ray), Meghan (Dominic)

Cathy Lombardi

February 6, 2019

My heart is breaking. You were such a wonderful brother; funny , caring, generous, and loving. I will miss you dearly. Love you always💕

Deborah Doucas

February 6, 2019

Mary & John, joined me for my Graduation from USF (Bachelor's Degree in International Studies 2010) They were so supportive of my continued studies great memories with them!!! Will miss you, John, always smiling with Mary loving Greek Food ....

Mary Webb & Howard Walker

February 6, 2019

We think of John as a fun, bright, caring friend, gracious host, and enthusiastic traveler. We also think of him as looking forever dapper, enjoying cool cars and boats, and lighting up when he talked about his family.

But our favorite memory hands down is from the summer of 2015 on the Mediterranean. Picture John in pressed white pants, a snazzy pink shirt, and a big smile on his face as he pulled into the marina in St Maxime, France. He had just deftly negotiated miles of those winding, narrow Provençal backroads to cruise to St. Tropez with us on our motor yacht for Mary's birthday.

Getting on and off our "Nomade" is not always easy depending upon the docking, but John handled it like a champ and we cruised across the bay to moor in the old harbor of St Tropez for a fab lunch on the waterfront by the super yachts.

It was blazing hot, but John's smile never wavered and his pink shirt never creased.

Sail on, John! We miss you.

Howard and Mary Webb Walker

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