Patrick "Joe" Kelly
Patrick Kelly, a 25-year Rockaway Beach resident, died April 24. He was 76.
Kelly was born in Queens on April 20, 1932. He was the son of Owen "Pat" and Kitty Kelly of Rockaway Beach American Irish Society fame. He served in the Naval Reserves during the Korean War. In the mid 50s, Kelly dedicated his free time organizing an athletic/social club for teens in the Holland, Hammels, and Seaside sections of Rockaway. He married and moved to Long Island in 1959 before moving to Illinois. He later relocated to California where he retired.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Colleen Buckley; and nephews, Sean and Dennis Buckley.
Kelly is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty; children, Patricia (John), Joseph (Sherri) and Christopher (Helene); grandchildren, Kellan, Kymber, Dylan, Brady, Courteney, Nicholas, Collen and Kieran.
A celebration of life was held at the Bradford Terrace Apartments in Placentia, California.