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Thomas O"Brien Kelly "Kel"

February 11, 1950 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Thomas Kelly "Kel" Obituary

Thomas O'Brien Kelly ("Kel")

February 11, 1950 - January 31, 2024

Thomas O'Brien Kelly, affectionately known as "Kel," aged 73, passed into eternal peace in the early hours of January 31, 2024.

Kel was born on February 11, 1950, in Uniontown, PA. He was the third of six children born to James W. Kelly and Gladys (Krichbaum) Kelly.

A proud native of Collier, Kel often reminisced about days at the baseball diamond and the lifelong friendships made there. He graduated from Fairchance Georges High School in 1969. Kel had a distinguished career at U.S. Steel and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

An avid outdoorsman, Kel enjoyed hunting, field trials, and was passionate about playing and watching sports. Above all, he cherished the time spent with his four beloved grandchildren.

In 2020, Kel and his wife, Brenda, moved to Erie, PA, where he became a member of Grace Church.

Kel was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, James W. Kelly, Jr.

Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife of 48 years, Brenda (Morgan) Kelly; his daughters, Cora (Kelly) Layhue and her husband, Josh Layhue, Katie Kelly and her partner, Courtney Male; his adored grandchildren, Roman, Olivia, Luca, and Emett. 

He is also survived by his siblings, Patricia Kolosky, Kathleen Kelly Riedmann, Daniel Kelly and his wife, Marla, Timothy Kelly and his wife, Anne; sister-in-law, Susan Kelly; numerous nieces and nephews; his very special friend and hunting partner, Keith Cooper; and friend and caregiver, Annmarie Stancliff.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of The Residence at Presque Isle Bay and the Lakeland Area Hospice staff for their compassionate care and support during Kel's final days.

Kel's memory will forever be preserved in the hearts of his family and friends.

The family will receive friends and family in the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 West Church Street, Fairchance, Pa. on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Monday, February 5, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. the hour of service with Pastor Ken Walls officiating.

Interment will follow in Pleasant View I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Smithfield, Pa.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
February 4, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home
134 West Church Street
Fairchance, PA 15436

Visitation
Sunday
February 4, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home
134 West Church Street
Fairchance, PA 15436

Visitation
Monday
February 5, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home
134 West Church Street
Fairchance, PA 15436

Funeral Service
Monday
February 5, 2024

10:00 AM
Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home
134 West Church Street
Fairchance, PA 15436

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