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Joseph Michael Kelley
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  • Most Blessed Sacrament Church
    11 Grove St.
    Wakefield, MA 01880
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  • Melrose Veteran's Fund
    562 Main St.
    Melrose, MA 02176

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“Dear Irene, Kathleen and Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I only met him once, but Irene and Kathleen, you spoke so lovingly of him for...Read More »
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“Sorry to hear the sad news. ”
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“RIP Mr. Kelley and thank you for your service to the City of Melrose ”
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“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 »
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Joseph Michael Kelley passed away at the VA Hospital in Bedford on February 10, 2017 at the age of 98. Joe was born in Southie on January 9, 1919 to the late John & Margaret (Connolly) Kelley. As a young child he overcame polio and never let his disease define him throughout his life. He was raised in South Boston, graduated from South Boston High School and entered the US Navy. Mr. Kelley served his country with pride during WWII, was the last one of his ship when it sank off the coast of Germany and was awarded several medals for bravery. He joined the Melrose Fire Department in 1948 and retired as a Captain in 1980. Joseph was an Irish Gentleman who never had a curse word for anyone and always put his family and his job first in his life. He moved to Melrose in 1946 after his discharge from the US Navy in Brooklyn, NY and built a home on Bay State Road in Melrose in 1951. On his off hours from the fire station Joseph worked at a welding company, delivering for a bakery company and worked delivering flowers for Casey Florist in Melrose. His catholic faith was paramount in his life and after his retirement he attended daily Mass for 30 years. He was a longtime member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield where he served as a senior acolyte at funeral Masses for many years. Mr. Kelley was the beloved husband of 63 years to the late Mary Margaret (Cronin) Kelley. Loving father of Kathleen St. Germain of Reading, Marilyn Burt of Whitefield, NH and Irene Kelley of Melrose. Cherished grandfather of Kerry Trippi & her husband Frank of Southborough, Jennifer Burt & Katherine Burt both of Worcester, Michael Burt of Nashua, NH & ... READ MORE →