James F. Kelly
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from 11/2/2008 - 11/3/2008
Mr. James F. Kelly,
82, a resident of the Heritage Healthcare Center, Utica, formerly of Whitesboro,
went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 30, 2008. James was born
in Utica on December 8, 1925, the son of John J. and Agnes (Hickey) Kelly.
He was raised and educated locally, earned his Bachelors degree from Utica
College and his Masters degree in School Administration from SUNY Plattsburgh.
James honorably served in The US Navy during WW II.
On October 14, 1961, James married Carol Perreault in St. John the Evangelist
Church in New Hartford. He dedicated his life to educating the youth of
our country as an educator, math teacher at Oneida Middle School for eight
years, principal of Holland Patent High School for 18 years, and as a
member of the Marion County School Board in Ocala, FL, for eight years.
In his younger years, he played professional baseball with the Utica Blue
Sox and Philadelphia Phillies organization. He was an avid golfer, scoring
two holes in one, enjoyed playing bridge, and was a devout Catholic.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his beloved wife, Carol, of Whitesboro; five
sons, James G. Kelly, of Baltimore, MD, Bruce Kelly, of Atlanta, GA, David
Kelly, of Whitesboro, Andrew Kelly, of Whitesboro, and Tom Kelly of Utica;
one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Don Merwin of CT; one brother
and three sisters-in-law, John and Barbara Kelly, of Buffalo, Jean Brady,
of Rochester, and Lois Daskiewich, of Boonville; a brother-in-law, Phil
Coppola, of Marcy; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Richard Kelly, and two sisters, Mary Kelly
and Dorothy Coppola.
Mr. Kelly's funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at 10:45
a.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 1517 Whitesboro St., Utica, and 11:30
at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Whitesboro, where his Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Yorkville. Calling hours
for family and friends are Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30.
Mr. Kelly's family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the
Heritage Healthcare Center for the kindness and compassionate care you
provided to James.
Online guestbook and messages of sympathy at www.heintzfuneralservice.net.