John Thomas Kelly Jr., 63: Carpenter, treasured family closeness

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FALMOUTH — John Thomas Kelly Jr., 63, of Falmouth, died peacefully May 18 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long illness, with his family at his side.

He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the eldest son of John T. and Anita Kelly. He lived in Portland, Westbrook, and then Falmouth for the past 40 years. He attended St. Joseph School, then Cheverus High School in Portland. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973. Upon his return, he graduated from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute and then from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s in vocational technology in 1981.

Kelly worked at a variety of companies but spent most of his work life as an independent carpenter and contractor, after forming Kelly Construction Company. He was the first contractor in Maine to assemble a modular condominium project.

He coached his kids’ Little League teams and served on the board. Being a skilled craftsman, he assisted his two sons with constructing their own homes. Throughout his life, Kelly was always present to provide support and guidance. Kelly and his wife, Renee, treasured the family closeness and time with their grandchildren. They also enjoyed planting and gardening on their farm property. He loved taking walks on his property and had a keen sense of his surroundings.

He followed the Boston-based sports teams and faithfully read the daily papers.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Renee Kelly; two sons, Sean C. and wife, Desiree, and Todd M. and wife, Bethany, both of Falmouth; three brothers, Patrick W., Michael J. and Peter J.; three sisters, Mary T. Guerin, Anne M. and Theresa M.; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Devin and Abigail; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A time of gathering and celebration of his life will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m., at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth Foreside. Burial will follow in Blanchard Cemetery, Falmouth.

The family suggests donations in his memory can be made to, American Lung Association of the Northeast,

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