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Frederick R. Kelley, jr

Frederick R. Kelley, jr
  • October 13, 1935 - June 22, 2019
  • Little Neck Ipswich & Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Kelley family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Kaplan Family Hospice House
    78 Liberty Sy.
    Danvers, MA 01923

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“As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your cherished memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength to...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Literally the nicest man on Earth. You will be missed Fred. Our hearts go out to his loving family. God bless you Fred and may you rest In peace. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Gary and Doreen Sprague - Saugus, MA

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: A. H. - NC

“My condolences to the family and friends. God promises to be with us at Isaiah 4:10 if we call on Him. May He get you through this difficult time. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy to Fred's loved ones. Simply one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His smile and laughter were...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Joe Stanford - Reading, MA

“So sad to hear of this. Just a wonderful human being. Wonderful husband, Father, Grand Father and friend to everyone he met. I loved it when he'd...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Michael O'Brien - Haverhill, MA

“My deepest condolences to the Kelley family.Mr Kelley (Fred) is a gem I will always remember. Sorry for your loss and pain at this time. Peace and...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Paul McAskill McAskill - Eliot, ME

“I will always remember Freddy , a great friend and story teller , always made you laugh., but my first thoughts of Freddy was when I got out of...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Joseph Fern - Chelsea, MA

“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family at this difficult time. Please find peace in knowing that God understands your grief and that He cares.1...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Greetings Kelley Clan Big Fred was one my favorite neighbors on the Neck RIP and I will always remember his big smile, especially around his clan .....Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Scott McAskill - New Smyrna Beach, FL

“Dear Maryalice, so sorry to read about the passing of your husband, Fred. I hope your memories will give you some comfort. Jean Izzo MacDonald ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: jean macdonald - somerville

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fred. Losing a loved one in death is very difficult. May you find peace and comfort in this time...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: SG - FL

“Dear Kelley family - I am so very sorry to hear this news. I will always remember Uncle Fred as a person who had a way of lighting up a room with...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Kelly Quigley - Andover, MA

“I am so sorry fir your loss . I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers . With my deepest sympathy and love .. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Lynn Ouellette - MELROSE, MA

“I'm so sorry Nancy to hear the passing of your dad. My condolences to you and your family. . Eileen. MalamesBurlington. MaCousin ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Eileen Malames - Burlington's, MA

“there are no words to say how we feel.to mary alice freddy kara Trudy and to the Kelley family we are so very very sorry for your loss May fred R.I...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: robert and ginny borden - chelsea, MA

“Fred was a kind and caring man who developed a fond friendship with my father who owned the BLUEFRONT RESTAURANT in the North End. Fred would come...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“I am having a tough time reconciling that such an amazing man is no longer with us. His sense of humor, story telling and love for all of us is...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Mark Quigley - Marblehead, MA

“Fred was a wonderful man who showed many kindnesses to my family, especially to my cousins and aunt Gloria Quigley. A man my late father Charles...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Archdeacon - Lynnfield, MA

“Uncle Fred was not only was he one of my favorite relatives but he was one of my favorite people of all. His wit and wisdom was unique and inspiring....Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Charles Quigley - Winthrop

“Sending love and prayers. My dad love him so much. God Bless you all ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Kim Abruzzo / Mac Donald - Sewell, NJ

“mary alice kara fred Trudy there are no words that ginny and I can say we are truly so very for sorry for your loss ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: robert and ginny borden - chelsea, MA

“I loved going to visit Freddie and Msryaluce with my dad and mom at Great Neck... They always made us feel so welcome...Freddie always made my dad...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Patty Fitzpatrick Fabiano - MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Frederick Robert Kelley Jr. of Chelsea and Little Neck, Ipswich passed peacefully surrounded by his family at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on June 22, 2019. He was 83 years of age. Beloved and devoted husband of Maryalice (Quigley) Kelley. Loving father of Frederick R. Kelley III & his wife Lauren of Melrose, Nancy "Trudy" Lydon & her husband Jim of Reading and Kara Kelley of Charlestown. Cherished grandfather of Frederick R. Kelley IV, Linnea Kelley, Ciara Lydon & Matthew Lydon. Brother of Judy Morency and her husband Omer of Everett & Claire O'Brien of Chelsea. Also survived by numerous family members, nieces, nephews and friends.

Born and raised in Chelsea, MA Fred attended St. Rose School and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1954. He was also a graduate of Newbury Junior College and served in the US Army for two seperate tours from 1957-1962. A self employed business man Fred was the proud owner and operator of Kelley Equipment Company serving the Greater Boston Area and Northshore for over 40 years.

A generous and caring man Fred will best be remembered for his laughter and big heart. He got great joy driving around visiting clients and continued working actively in the business until his last days. Fred had a tremendous love and loyalty to the City of Chelsea, raising his family on Garfield Ave and serving on the City Planning Board. Through the years he also participated in many other community focused efforts. He cherished the lifelong friendships created in Chelsea and the memories of growing up on Library Street.. Fred also got great joy from spending his summers on Little Neck In Ipswich, MA and as a member of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club. He and Maryalice spent over 45 years on the Neck with their children and grandchildren creating endless memories and friendships. He easily connected with all types of people and always found the good in everyone. He will be greatly missed by many.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 3:00-7:00PM. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Friday morning June 28th at 9:15AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 10:15AM. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. US Army Veteran. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Fred's name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01903