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George R. Kelly

9/25/2017


George Robert Kelly, of Wayne, passed away peacefully at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ on Monday, September 25, 2017 surrounded by his family.

George was born on a snowy day in the Bronx, New York on January 20, 1943. He was the 9th child of Ethel and Jack Kelly. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Veronica as well as his brothers, John, Arthur, Owen and Jimmy and his sisters Patricia, Kay and Mary. He is survived by his sister, Barbara. He is also survived by his five children Andrew Kelly and partner Roseann, Anne Kelly and husband Harry Gopoyan, Christopher Kelly and wife Sharon, Jennifer Miller and husband Peter, and Shannon Jimenez and husband Camilo. George raised several of his grandchildren and his relationship with each one of them was more a father than a grandfather. Their world is shattered. They are Michael Kelly, Luke Kelly, Chelsea Parisi, Zachary Jordan, Chloe Kelly, Tony Kelly, Jessica Kelly, Shane Kelly, Samantha Kelly and Sadie Kelly. He delighted in his great-grandchildren Calyx, Mia, Cameron and Luna.

George proudly served in the U.S Navy during the Vietnam War and was on active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After serving his country, George returned home and married his adoring wife Veronica on August 22, 1964. Veronica and George met and fell in love in the Bronx in April of 1959. According to George she was wearing a blue-green paisley blouse and a white pleated skirt but all he could see were her magnificent blue eyes. Ronnie and George were married for 49 years. Even after her death his love for her remained as steadfast as the day he fell in love with her.

George started with Western Electric in their Yonkers warehouse in 1965. During his 30 years of employment, there were many corporate changes and promotions. George was involved in many aspects of global subsea fiber optic telecommunications cable installations. These included being the Shore End Installation Senior Manager and ended with his retirement as the Senior Marine Personnel Manager where he was responsible for crewing and the logistical support of several large cable laying ships, including the world renowned CS Long Lines. He was the vessel Personnel Manager responsible for all employees. George retired in December of 2001 to take a full time role in caring for Veronica who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1991.

George was the epitome of a Patriarch. He guided each member of his family through good times and bad and his absence will be something that will be felt for many years to come. He was a valued and beloved confidant to many friends. Acceptance and gratitude were the most important lessons George taught his family. His absence is palpable, but his legacy will carry them through for all the days of their lives.

For all who knew George he had a knack for always giving the best advice and wisdom but his greatest gift was teaching by example. For many who knew him, his word was everything and he could be counted on no matter what. “One Day at a Time”, “An attitude of gratitude” and “Most people are about as happy as they choose to be” were some of his favorite words of advice. He will be missed by many.

George often spoke of missing Veronica terribly and his family takes great comfort knowing they are together again.

His viewing will be held at Vander May Funeral Home at 567 Ratzer Rd in Wayne, NJ on Thursday, September 28th from 3pm to 8pm. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 10am at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne, NJ where a Funeral Mass will be offered.

Flowers are welcomed and can be sent to the funeral home.

 

Guest Book

9/26/2017

The Lord put George in my path and I am eternally grateful to him for showing me the way to a sober life. May he rest in peace with his beloved Ronnie.

Gene Kelley

9/26/2017

Beautiful words for a much loved man. Thoughts and prayers.

JoAnne schatzle

9/26/2017

So sorry for your loss, and thank you for this touching obituary. I was glad to learn more about the life of Uncle George. I remember Uncle George very fondly from back in the day. He was always super kind, open, funny and generous. Best wishes to Jennifer and the rest of his family as you mourn and heal.

Matthew Willis

9/27/2017

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kelly a few years back. What an amazing human being. One thing that will never leave me was his smile. Often heard him talk about the love of his life and his family. What a legacy he left behind. It's amazing how just one person can touch someone's life. Thank you for sharing your Fathers love with so many. An Eternally grateful friend????

Nicole Mecionis ODonnell

9/27/2017

Andrew, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know we send thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Scott & Arica

Arica Holt

9/27/2017

Andrew my friend, We are so sorry to hear of George's passing please accept the love we send to you all 1522ROAD Love John and Sue

John Curtis

9/27/2017

Rest in Peace George. You will be greatly missed.

Rich Neurouter

9/27/2017

Dad I miss you terribly. My heart is breaking more and more each day. Give mom a big hug and please watch over all of us. We love you so much.

Shannon Jimenez

9/27/2017

George was my hero, and the finest man I had ever met. I will miss him more than words can say.

alan riehle

9/27/2017

I'll always remember George telling me, "I'm here to serve."

George Decker

9/27/2017

God bless and keep you George. For over 40 years we could count on you for good orderly direction and a wonderful sense of humor. You will be missed. Say HI to all our friends at the great meeting in the sky!

Mary Jane Byrne

9/27/2017

Dear George, Glad you made it to heaven, probably seeing a lot of strange faces. Ronnie became a saint for having put up with you so you have to do everything she says now. When do I tell Chloe and the others to stop digging in the backyard for treasure. All your treasure was lovingly placed in the hearts long ago. God Bless you and keep you until we meet again. Mike

Michael F. Byrne Jr.

9/28/2017

George was an outstanding friend and colleague for many years at AT&T and will be missed dearly. George had such a positive and wonderful impact on so many people -- he was truly a class act. Rest in peace in heaven with your beloved wife Ronnie. Alain Isnard

Alain Isnard

9/28/2017

It was great working and knowing George trough our years in the Ocean Cable Group at AT&T. We are thankful that he's at peace with Ronnie now.

Pat and Oscar Hesse

9/29/2017

I really loved him!! ????

Beth Feeney

9/29/2017

Jen & Peter I feel your lose because your father was the rock and foundation of your family and George wore his heart on his sleeves, he will be missed deeply. Sending my condolences and many Blessings. Psalms 24:

Genita Ingram

9/29/2017

I remember George but did not know him personally. After reading his obituary, I wish I had known him better. The salt of the earth and a blessing to all mankind. Take comfort in knowing that you will see him again. This energy and love is transformed into a higher existence.

Sally Murphy Doganieri

9/29/2017

I wanted to express my sincere condolences to the Kelly family. My father Bill Corcoran considered George one of his best friends. They are both from the same village in Leitrim, and both of them use to joke together that they were probably brothers or somehow related. They had so much in common. My dad has been battling Alzheimer's for the last 4 years. Your dad, up until recently would come every week to pick my dad up and take him to a meeting. My Dad's face would light up as soon as he saw George at the door. It was a highlight for him. It was during those times that we got to know each other also. He really made an impression on me. One thing I learned about him is how much his family and friends meant to him. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. Please know how much he meant to all of the Corcoran clan. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during your time of grief. Love, Tara

Tara Corcoran Pragdat

10/1/2017

I love you Papa, always and forever.

Chloe Kelly

10/16/2017

George was the beginning of my sobriety as of October 4th we have 40 years. He was an inspiration to me and I thank God for his presence on this Earth. Thank you and I know God is holding you in the palm of his hand. I will be eternally greatful for what you gave me.

Jerry Mc Govern


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