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Obituaries

  • Dr. John F. Kelly

    Dr. John F. Kelly

Dr. John F. Kelly, 93

Oct. 22, 2014

Dr. John F. Kelly

Dr. John F. Kelly

Dr. John F. Kelly of Rotonda West, Fla., for­merly of Nor­wood, Mass., and East Den­nis, Mass., died Oct. 22, 2014, at home after a brief ill­ness at the age of 93.

He was born Dec. 1, 1920,  the youngest son of  the late Edmund J. and Annie T. (Shea) Kelly. On Aug. 3, 1946, he mar­ried Anna L. Mac­Don­ald and enjoyed 57 years of mar­riage. They resided in Hyde Park, Mass., where he opened his gen­eral med­ical prac­tice, until mov­ing to Nor­wood where they raised seven chil­dren. John was a grad­u­ate of Nor­wood High School, Class of 1938, Boston Col­lege, Class of 1943, and Boston Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine, Class of 1946. He was a Navy veteran.

Doc­tor John was gen­eral prac­ti­tioner, and then chief of anes­the­si­ol­ogy at Nor­wood Hos­pi­tal. He was then med­ical and exec­u­tive direc­tor of NORCAP (Nor­wood Hos­pi­tal Com­pre­hen­sive Alco­holism Pro­gram), which was the first pri­vate hos­pi­tal alco­holism pro­gram in Mass­a­chu­setts. NORCAP cel­e­brated its 40th anniver­sary the day before he died.
Doc­tor John loved Irish music and knew all the words. He would have a joke for the moment with just a punch line in his wallet.

His love of foot­ball began in high school as a mem­ber of the Nor­wood High foot­ball team. Golf was his pri­mary sport. He made a putting green and sand­trap in the back­yard so that all seven chil­dren could prac­tice. He enjoyed play­ing in many leagues in Nor­wood, Den­nis and Rotonda West. He was an avid foot­ball fan of the New Eng­land Patriots.

He enjoyed many sum­mers as cap­tain on his boat, the RAJA, fish­ing in Cape Cod Bay. His inter­est in ham radio fol­lowed him from Mass­a­chu­setts to Florida. His call sign was N1KEN. For many years he was a mem­ber of the Engle­wood Ama­teur Radio Soci­ety (EARS).

Doc­tor John was a for­mer con­sul­tant to Lemon Bay High School on alco­holism edu­ca­tion and pre­ven­tion. his com­mit­ment to alco­holism edu­ca­tion and pre­ven­tion pro­grams was a pas­sion in his life. Since his move to Florida, Doc­tor John con­tin­ued his com­mit­ment of ser­vice to oth­ers and devel­oped many friend­ships that enriched his spirit.

He was a mem­ber of the Knights of Columbus.

He is sur­vived by Joan Tut­tle and her hus­band Bernie of Woburn, Mass.; John Kelly and his wife Melinda of Kens­ing­ton, Md;  Rita Kelly Doughtie and her hus­band Mark of South Den­nis, Mass.; Edmund Kelly and his wife Jeanne of Attle­boro, Mass.; Chris Kelly and his wife Beth of Ply­mouth, Mass.; Ali­cia Kelly of South Den­nis, Mass.; and daughter-in-law Deb­bie of Ware­ham, Mass. Sev­en­teen  grand­chil­dren and four great-grandchildren also sur­vive him. He is pre­de­ceased by wife, Anna, in 2004, and his son, Brian, in 2014.
A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be at 2:30 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 26, at the Unity Church of Peace, 1250 Rut­ledge St., North Port. Inter­ment will be in Nor­wood, Mass. at a later date. Memo­r­ial dona­tions may be made to the Unity Church of Peace or a char­ity of your choice.

The fam­ily is deeply  appre­cia­tive of the care of his physi­cians, friends, and neigh­bors and the out­pour­ing of sup­port to our fam­ily.
Three words that summed up his life: “Happy, Joy­ous and Free!”