John J. Kelly passed in peace, February 6, 2018, at his home in Southampton at the age of 85.
Mr. Kelly was a veteran of the US Navy (1951-1954). He served on the USS Great Sitken (ammunition ship) during the Korean War for a total of four years. Every year for the past 25 years, he attended his ship reunion held all over the country.
Mr. Kelly grew up in Water Mill on Halsey Lane. He and his family attended church at the Villa Maria. On October 14, 1961, he married Elizabeth Butts (aka Betsey). Together they built a home and raised their family in Southampton. John and Betsey have been happily married for 56 years.
Mr. Kelly worked in the post office for 36 years then at Herrick Hardware for a total of 12 years, retiring at age 68. In his retirement he enjoyed hunting, fishing, clamming, crabbing, boating, and working in the yard with his dog Nelly always by his side.
Mr. Kelly was an active member of this community, and was a member of several organizations, including, vice president of the Korean War Vets of Eastern Long Island (Chapter 65); Korean War Veterans Association; North Sea Community Association; North Sea Gun Club; and Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, where he served as an usher for many years
He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Kelly Sr., his mother, Rose G. Kelly (Galligan), and his sister, Maureen R. Kelly. Loving husband of Elizabeth L. Kelly (aka Betsy Butts). Loving father of Michael J. Kelly and Colleen A. Kelly. Proud grandfather of Taylor L. Kelly, Tanner J. Kelly, Tara Rose Hurt and Jeffrey M. Umpenhour.
Mr. Kelly will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father and for the love he had for his family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Tuesday at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary followed by interment at Sacred Hearts Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.