Hugh Kelly 1925-2020


Hugh Michael Kelly of Rockaway Beach, NY passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 at home in Largo, FL with his beloved wife of 57 years, Ann, by his side. Born in the Bronx on December 31, 1925 to Patrick and Nora Kelly, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. In 1945, his unit was assigned to Nagasaki, Japan after the second atomic bomb was detonated to end the war.

After the war, he was a concessionaire at Rockaway Playland, then became a steamfitter in union Local 638. He worked on many New York City landmarks including the construction of the original World Trade Center and the restoration of Wollman skating rink in Central Park. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales parish in Rockaway for more than 50 years. After retiring, he spent many happy years with his beloved grandchildren and on the golf course. He played regularly into his 90s. His quick wit, smile and generosity of spirit were always present.

He is survived by his wife Ann, his five children Nora, Peggy, William, Robert and Janet and his five grandchildren John, Dylan, Michael, Avery and Gray. We are forever grateful to him for teaching us all to love and laugh every day. A funeral Mass will be held at St Francis de Sales when circumstances allow.

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