Obituary: John J. Kelly

John J. Kelly, at 73
John J. Kelly, originally from Dorchester, died Nov. 26. He was 73.
Known to one and all as Jack, Mr. Kelly worked for the Old Colony YMCA for 30 years, during which time he focused much of his energy advocating for at-risk youth in the Greater Boston and Greater Brockton areas. He was a champion for those in need. 
He fulfilled his civic duty through various town government positions; most recently, he served as treasurer of the Friends of the Hull Public Library.  
Mr. Kelly cherished the time he spent with family and his life by the ocean in his beloved town of Hull. In the summer, he could be found enjoying his coffee at the Gut in the morning or taking a dip in the ocean at James Avenue in the afternoon. He never missed the opportunity to invite a passing neighbor up for a chat on his front porch on Western Avenue. While many enjoyed the chats, far fewer enjoyed getting stuck driving behind him. Everyone in Hull Village can attest that he was one of Hull’s slowest drivers.   
Son of the late John Kelly of Roscommon, Ireland, and Mary (McLaughlin) of Malin Head, Donegal, Ireland, he was the beloved husband of Beatrice (Quigley) Kelly of Hull and the loving father of Brian Kelly and his wife, Stacey, of Needham; Rachel Gilroy and her husband, Brian, of Hull; and Eoin Kelly and his wife, Maggie, of Hull. He was the dear brother of Joanne Adduci, of Hull, Marylou Henkin, of Connecticut, and the late Eileen Dumouchel and Brian Kelly. Mr. Kelly was the proud and cherished grandfather of Mia, Jackson, Quinn, Killian, Meara, and Saoirse. He also is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Mr. Kelly’s funeral Mass was held this morning. He will be cremated. Memorial donations may be made to Sunset Point Camp, 2 Tenth St., Hull, MA 02045, online at For online condolences, visit