Francis Kelley obituary (2021) – Lunenburg, MA
Francis W. “Kelley” Kelley, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 15, 2021 in Leominster hospital surrounded by his family.
Kelley was born in Concord, MA on February 22, 1938; he was one of Mark and Olga (Bobik) Kelley’s nine children. Following her passion for caring for people, Kelley graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and began her career at Children’s Hospital in Boston. In 1962 he started working as a pharmacist at Burbank Hospital, where he worked for 38 years and became Director of Pharmacy.
Kelley has taught pharmacology at Mt. Wachusett Community College and the Henry Heywood School of Nursing program.
He loved people and people loved him. He always had a new story or a new joke to share, and he liked to make people laugh. Kelley had many interests and hobbies; he enjoyed reading spy and thriller novels, listening to jazz, collecting and repairing old tools and gasoline engines, and was an avid baker. Friends and family always looked forward to the holidays where they could enjoy his delicious homemade pies.
Family was the center of Kelley’s world. He cherished the time he spent with them all. During the winters, Kelley and his wife, Donna, organized sleigh nights and took their families on cross-country skiing adventures. Spring brought family trips to Disney World, other points in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy and Ireland. Over the summer, Kelley spent time at Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire where he and his family developed close and lasting friendships with other families. In recent years, Kelley and Donna have traded New England winters for the tropics, spending the winter in Hawaii with their daughter and family.
Kelley is survived by his wife of 57 years, Donna M. (Curtis) Kelley of Lunenburg; the children, Lisa Kelley-Connor and her husband Brent from Bethesda, MD, Timothy Kelley and his wife Patricia from Madison, NJ, Kevin Kelley and his wife Katie from Longmont, CO, Shaunna GaNun and her husband Peter from Kalaheo, HI; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be on Saturday, September 25 at Saint-Boniface Church, 817 Mass Avenue, Lunenburg, at 11 a.m. The family will receive the guests at the end of the mass. Interment will take place in private at a later date.
Posted by Sentinel & Enterprise on September 20, 2021.