Henry Thomas Kelly, 87, of Brookfield died April 1 at Masonicare at Newtown, after a long illness. Born on June 28, 1926, in Clearfield, Penn., he was the son of the late John and Frances Cleary Kelly. He was the loving husband of Maureen A. (Carton) Kelly, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, five children and their spouses, Tara and Christopher Riccardi of Newtown, Stephen and Nancy Kelly of Northport, N.Y., Maureen and Randall Murphy of Newburyport, Mass., Shane and Carrie Kelly of Rockville, Md., and Brian Kelly of Woodbury; eight beloved grandchildren; his brother, John F. Kelly; and four nephews and nieces survive Mr Kelly. His sisters Mary Collins, Julia Jacoby, and Kathleen Kelly predeceased him.
Mr Kelly served his country in the US Army during the World War II and again during the Korean conflict. Upon completing his military service, he worked for the New York Central Railroad in New York City, where he met his future bride.
He received his undergraduate degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and later, his master’s degree from Western Connecticut University in Danbury.
The Kellys moved to Donegal Town, Ireland, for several years. Upon returning, the family enjoyed living at Candlewood Shores, Brookfield.
They attended St Joseph’s Church in Brookfield and were fortunate to make many wonderful lifelong friends during their years as part of the parish. Mr Kelly enjoyed singing in the St Joseph’s choir and performing in the annual minstrel show.
During this time, he worked as a manager at American Can Corporation in Greenwich. After retiring, the Kellys traveled the world and spent many happy times at their home in Sarasota, Fla., and visiting their children and friends in New England during the summer months.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Masonicare at Newtown for their kind and loving attention to Mr Kelly during the last three years of his life.
Friends may call at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, Friday, April 4, from 5 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Mary’s Church, Bethel, Saturday, April 5, at 10 am. Interment will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org, or The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, masonicare.org.
For online condolences, visit honanfh.com.