November 26, 2017

John J. “Jack” Kelly

Kelly, John J.“Jack” of Hull, originally from Dorchester, died November 26, 2017.

Son of the late John of Roscommon, Ireland and Mary (McLaughlin) of Malin Head, Donegal, Ireland.  Beloved husband of Beatrice (Quigley) Kelly of Hull.  Loving father of Brian Kelly and his wife Stacey of Needham, Rachel Gilroy and her husband Brian of Hull, and Eoin Kelly and his wife Maggie of Hull.  Proud and cherished grandfather of Mia, Jackson, Quinn, Killian, Meara, and Saoirse.  Dear brother of Joanne Adduci of Hull, Marylou Henkin of CT, the late Eileen Dumouchel and Brian Kelly.  Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

John worked for the Old Colony YMCA for 30 years, during which time he focussed much of his energy advocating for at-risk youth in the Greater Boston and Greater Brockton areas.  He was a champion for those in need.  He served his civic duties in various town government positions, most recently as the Treasurer of the Friends of the Hull Public Library.  He cherished the time he spent with family and his life by the ocean in his beloved town of Hull.  In the summer, John could be found enjoying his coffee at the Gut in the morning, or a dip at James Ave in the afternoon.  He never missed the opportunity to invite a passing neighbor up for a chat on his front porch on Western Ave.  While many enjoyed the chats, far fewer enjoyed getting stuck driving behind him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 4-8 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Hull at 10 AM. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to Sunset Point Camp (www.ccab.org/sunset).