Robert James Kelly Was Avid Fisherman, Hunter
Robert James Kelly, 65, of West Newbury died Thursday, April 3, at home following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends. An Irish wake promptly followed.
Bob Kelly was a resident of West Newbury for 40 years. He grew up in Haverhill, graduating from Haverhill High School in 1956. He received his associates degree from Merrimack College in 1965.
He founded and owned New England Precast Corp. in Amesbury until his retirement in 1999.
Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter. He recently traveled to the Everglades of Florida to hunt with his friends. He traveled extensively doing the things he loved. He was a member of the Boston Flycasters, Ducks Unlimited, Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association and Haverhill Country Club. He was a proud father and grandfather and enjoyed working on his Christmas tree farm.
He leaves his wife, Patricia A. (Travers) Kelly; three daughters, Kathryn M. Johnson and her husband, Joseph, of Portsmouth, Kimberly M. Wiggin and her husband, Daniel, of Monument Beach, Andrea Kelly of Celebration, Fla., and one son, Robert C. Kelly of Greenland, N.H. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Chelsea Kelly of Greenville, R.I., Kelly and Christopher Johnson of Portsmouth, N.H., and MacKenzie and Michael Wiggin of Monument Beach. He also leaves a sister, Patricia Ruth of Haverhill, and a brother, John Kelly of North Carolina.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at St. Ann's Church, Main street, West Newbury.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Campership Fund c/o Clara Barton Camp for Diabetes, P.O. Box 356, North Oxford, MA 01537 or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack street, Lawrence, MA 01843.
Arrangements are by Simplicity Burial & Cremation Services in Newburyport.