Edmond J. Kelly, Jr.

  • Born: January 15, 1934
  • Died: March 17, 2022
  • Location: WORCESTER, Massachusetts

Callahan, Fay & Caswell Life Celebration Home

61 Myrtle Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Tel. (508) 755-1500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Worcester-Edmond J. Kelly, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2022, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer (GBM). He was the beloved husband of Mary (Murphy) Kelly, with whom he shared nearly 65 years of marriage. His life exemplified devotion to family; he raised 12 children, was cherished by 28 grandchildren, and had 3 great grandchildren. Born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Boston of Irish Catholic immigrants, son of the late Edmond and Ellen (O'Connor) Kelly, Ed was the dear brother of Mary Degnan and Ellen O'Connell, both of Wrentham, MA, and the late Paul Kelly and Robert Kelly.

Ed leaves behind two daughters, Maureen (Ron) of Stoughton, MA, Brenda (Walter) Conlin of Shrewsbury, MA; ten sons, Martin (Megan) of Shrewsbury, MA, Michael (Erin) of Haverhill, MA, Patrick (Sandy) of Grafton, MA, Dennis (Karin) of Millbury, MA, Kevin of Worcester, MA, Sean (former spouse Sue) of Worcester, MA, Edmond (separated spouse Millie) of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Dan of Sarasota, FL, Stephen (Tina) of Grafton, MA, Brian of Belfast, Ireland. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends in the United States and Ireland, and a sister-in-law Marilyn Kelly.

He proudly served in the 24th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Korea, attended Boston College on the GI Bill, then earned a MSW from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work (former President of its Alumni Association) – focusing on Community Organization and Social Planning. His decades long career with the United Way concluded with him as Planning Director in Central Mass., and involved forming an agency for the 'War on Poverty' and helping organize YOU, Inc. He later retired from the USDA Food & Nutrition Service.

Ed served as President of Division 36, A.O.H., in Worcester, a reflection of his deep appreciation for his Irish roots and the Celtic culture. He was the winner of a national essay contest on Irish history, as well as Hibernian of the Year in Worcester. He was a longtime member of Vernon Hill American Legion Post 435, Chapter 4 of Disabled American Veterans, and of the Korean War Veterans of America. He was a voracious reader who enjoyed relaxing with visitors in his backyard screen house, attending grandchildren's events, watching BC Eagles games, camping, fishing, and woodworking. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to calling hours on Monday from 4-7pm at Callahan, Fay, and Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester. The funeral is Tuesday at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1290 Grafton St., Worcester, with a Celebration of Life afterwards at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre at 19 Temple St., Worcester. He will be buried with military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA, on Wednesday at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's memory to Vernon Hill American Legion Post 435, 267 Providence St., Worcester, MA, 01607.


Condolence & Memory Journal

With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Donna Felice - Grafton, MA   April 03, 2022

Marty and family, Ralph & I were saddened when Jamie told us of your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May his memories be eternal

Posted by JoAnne & Ralph Vigliotti - Worcester, MA - Friend   March 23, 2022

Please accept the most heartfelt sympathies of Le Moyne College. We hope the love and memories you will forever hold in your heart bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Le Moyne College    March 22, 2022

Wishing your family peace and love in this difficult period.

Posted by Katie Iannelli - Other   March 21, 2022


Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Kelly family at this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Posted by Jodi Johnson - Lancaster, MA - Coworker   March 21, 2022

To the entire Kelly Family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear father. The testament of a great man is the beauty of his children. The Kelly children have made their parents proud. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Angela Padavano - Worcester, MA   March 20, 2022

Dear Mary and Family,
We want to offer you our deepest sympathy and condolences in this difficult time. Eddy will be greatly missed as he was a wonderful man and friend too many.
Bill & Phyllis Brennan

Posted by Bill & Phyllis Brennan - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   March 20, 2022


My heart is broken to learn of the passing of Mr. Kelly. He exemplified all that is good in this world. A devoted husband and father and friend to all. His kindness was always felt since I was a kid. God has welcomed you as his newest angel. May you rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Joanne MacQueen Zalusky - Geneva, IL - Family Friend   March 20, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the Kelly family.
Ed was such a wonderful man and now the three Irishmen are together again just like at Boston College! Heaven will never be the same!

Posted by Patricia Cronin    March 20, 2022

My condolences to the entire Kelly family
Danny, Eddie and Sean. Hold close to your heart the wonderful memories you have of your dad. Our faith in God, and of his son our lord and savior Jesus Christ we have hope knowing that as believers we will be together again in gods wonderful kingdom of heaven. May the lord bless you all during this sad and difficult time. Joe DePASQUALE

Posted by Joe DePASQUALE - Oxford, MA - Friend   March 20, 2022

Mary and Family im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You and Ed were what love is all about.

Posted by Cheryl Misale Mathis - Family   March 20, 2022

So sorry for your loss. Prayer to the entire Kelly clan. RIP

Posted by Carolyn Chin    March 20, 2022

Steve and family we are sorry to hear of your dad's passing our prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by The Domiano's    March 19, 2022

A wonderful man. My condolences to the entire Kelly family.

Posted by Michael Gagan - Sutton, MA - Friend   March 19, 2022

Love You Dad. I will miss you.The Lord chose to take you on Saint Patricks Day! R.I.P. Until we meet again. Your son Kevin Kelly

Posted by Kevin Kelly - Worcester, MA - Son   March 19, 2022

To Mary and all of the Kelly's, Kathy and I wish to extend our sincere condolences. Even when your husband's/father's death is expected, it's still a surprise. Love, Kathy & Rick

Posted by Richard Maguire - Worcester, MA - Family   March 19, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Kelly family.

Posted by The Cluney family - family   March 19, 2022

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