Jim
GREECE: Suddenly, Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at age 58. Predeceased by his parents, George & Jean Kelly. Survived by his loving wife, Karen (Prue) Kelly; daughters, Jean Kelly & Mary Kate Kelly; sisters, Marilyn (William) Privett & Ann Kelly; many loving relatives and dear friends. Friends may call Friday 4-8 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday 11:00 AM at St. Lawrence Church. Private Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in his memory

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  1. A GREAT MAN, HUSBAND, FATHER AND FRIEND THAT WILL TRULY BE MISSED. REMEMBER, KAREN, JEAN, MARY KATE, FAMILY, BUCK, TC, AND ALL HIS FRIENDS, HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE AND KEEPING AN EYE ON ALL OF US.
    WE LOVE YOU JIM, GOD BLESS.

  2. Dear Family

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It is really hard to know that another one of our classmate’s has gone on to be with the Lord. Please know that all his classmate’s and friends are thinking about you today.

    Sincerely
    Sharon Hackett

  3. Dear Karen and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    In Sympathy ……

    …The sadness of death
    gives way to the bright
    promise of immortality.
    Lord, for your faithful people
    life is changed, not ended.
    When the body of our earthly
    dwelling lies in death,
    we gain an everlasting dwelling
    in heaven.
    Roman Missal

    Alfredo Castro and Family

  4. Dear Karen, I just can’t imagine how you and the girls are feeling right now – just please remember you have a ton of friends who love you and would do anything for you – you are not alone and we will help you through this. We are all thinking of you and praying for you and the girls – love always, Judy

  5. Dear Karen, Jean & Mary-Kate,

    I am so sad and shocked to read of Jim’s passing. Jim was a great guy. I will always remember our times on the Autumn Lane PTA and in the neighborhood. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Paula Mallory

  6. Dear Karen, Jean and Mary-Kate,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express my heart. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I miss seeing your family at Autumn Lane and remember you all well ~ especially Jim whose kindness and thoughtfulness touched us all.

  7. Dear Karen, Jean, and Mary Kate,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I work in the rectory at St. Lawrence and was totally shocked when I received the call. You have been on my mind and in my prayers constantly ever since.

    Eileen

  8. Dear Karen,
    I want you to know you and your girls are in my prayers and will continue to be for a very long time. I am at a lost for words and just want you to know that I’m thinking of you! Although I didn’t know Jim well, he always took the time to talk to my Grand-daughter Gianna when we would take walks past your house. One time he was taking the garbage out and she was riding her bike and asked him if he had a bike and before you knew it – they were engaged in a long conversation. I will always remember that! I can only pray for God’s comfort and peace to surround you all.
    Sincerely – Deb

  9. Dear Mary Kate and Family,
    Compassion and Generosity are the words that come to mind when I think of your wonderful Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers now and always.

    Sincerely,
    Janet Schaller

  10. God be with you and your family at this time. Karen, I know that it is a hard time for you but I will pray that the Lord gives you strength in your time of sorrow.

  11. Greetings Karen:
    It’s certainly been a long time since you and I interacted, but I have fond memories of the times we worked on initiatives. Change is a part of life and with each season comes joy as well as sadness. You have been blessed with a wonderful family and committed friends. Lean on them for strength during this difficult time. My prayers are with you. The grief and pain will pass with time. It will be the wonderful memories that will comfort you and keep you strong.

  12. i am so sorry about the loss of Mr.kelly.I am also one of mary kates good friends and i wish mary kate and her family best wishes.

  13. I am very saddened by Jimmy’s death. I remember him as a very gentle and kind person. I was very happy that I got to spend a little time with him at the family reunion.I will have masses said at our local parish. You will all be in our prayers. May God comfort you and give you strength.
    Fondly,
    Kathy Schaad

  14. I used to work with Jim in Bldg. 205 when I was the HR Director. Jim and I had a lot in common over our love for the Adirondacks where we now have ahome in Old Forge. In fact, I saw you folks in Inlet a couple of years ago at the craft show. Jim was always there to help and customer service was first and foremost in helping others. For a few years, my wife Kathy worked with Jim in Easter Region. My heart goes out to the family. I know no words can replace Jim, but I am sure the good Lord will take care of him. God Bless and I am terrbily sorry for your pain.

    Bill Simpson

  15. I worked with Jim at Park Avenue Realtors helping him with marketing and media campaigns. He was always a gentleman and a kind and caring co-worker. I will miss him.

  16. Jim was a terrific person. I enjoyed working with Jim as well as being a friend outside the workplace.
    My thoughts go out to Jim’s family and friends.

  17. Jimmy has been around our family since I was three years old! From playing concentration on the living room floor to making Culhane Catsup…..so many great memories. You were a part of our family.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Karen, Jean and Mary Kate (Jim was so proud of his girls !). Love, Liz, Paul, Jimmy, John, Tommy and Katie Marie

  18. Jimmy loved and is loved by many. He was especially devoted to his wife Karen and his beautiful children Jean and Mary Kate. Jim was a good man, good husband and father, and true friend to all who knew him. His passing is a real loss to all but we are all blessed for having known him. All of us in the Culhane family morn his loss and our hearts and prayers go out to Karen and Jean and Mary Kate.

  19. Karen and Family,

    Words cannot begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls.

  20. Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I am sure you are surrounded by family and good friends and I hope they, together with your faith, will bring you the strength you need to get through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please call on me to let me know how I can help. John V.

  21. Karen, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. If I can be of any help to you in any way, please let me know. Love Rosa and family

  22. Karen, Ann, Marilyn, It has been a while since I have seen you. You pop into my mind when I think about the ‘good old days’ of family reunons, weddings. It was with saddness that I learned of Jims passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. Remember all the good memories. God Bless Sally Remming

  23. Karen, I am saddened to hear of your loss. I remember well when you and Jim first started dating. He seemed to me to be very taken by you. He impressed me as a good man and fun to be around. You two made a great couple. I’m sure the love you shared throughout your marriage leaves you and your daughters wonderful memories to be forever grateful for. God Bless you all real good.

  24. Karen, I am thinking of you and the family – I will remember Jim and his terrific singing voice during one of the few times we invited the ‘boys’ to join us for karaoke. Love you, and remember the inscription on the platter you gave me. XXOO

  25. Karen, Jean and Mary Kate
    We can’t even imagine how you must be feeling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We do know that we are happy we could spend some fun family time together. We will not forget our night in Downtown Disney. Jim was a wonderful person. Please let us know if you need anything.

  26. Karen, Jean and Mary Kate,

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your loving husband and dear father. What words can one say at this time, for he was a great guy who I will remember often and I was privileged to know. Our deepest prayers are with you, your family and Jim. With sympathy, Vicky and Brian O’Donnell
    May you see God’s light on the path ahead. When the road you walk is dark. May you always hear, even in your hour of sorrow, the gentle singing of the lark. When times are hard may hardness not turn your heart to stone, And may you always remember
    You do not walk alone. (An Irish prayer)

  27. Karen, Jim will be missed by all. I’m sorry I’ll miss the services. I have great memories with Jim. The trips we took and the dreams we shared. I remember being in the Trump Gardens 40 stories up, spotted Jim in a crowed NYC street. He was larger than life and that’s how he lived. I’ll truly miss him. Clarence and family

  28. Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May the love and prayers of your family and friends comfort you at this difficult time.

    With Much Sympathy,

    Lisa Wainwright

  29. Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies to you all. May God bring you comfort and peace.

  30. Karen, We just heard about Jimmy last night. I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened we are. He was such a terrific person – always ready with a laugh and a smile. We will pray for you and your girls during this most difficult time. Again, we are so sorry for your loss of Jimmy.

  31. Karen, what a terrible loss for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in the challenging days ahead.

  32. Karen,

    Enzo and I are thinking of you, Jean and Mary Kate in our prayers. I asking god to give you all strength and peace.

    Sincerely,
    Andrea & Enzo Poletto

  33. Karen,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jim.

    You, Jean and Mary Kate will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there’s anything that I can do.

    God Bless you and your Family.

  34. Karen,

    My prayers are with you and your family. Please accept my condolences.

    I’d like to share this beautiful poem that was shared at my uncle’s funeral:

    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
    I’m following the path God has laid you see.
    I took his hand when I heard him call.
    I turned my back and left it all.

    I could not stay another day.
    To laugh, to love, to work or play, tasks left undone must stay that way.
    I found that peace at the close of the day.

    If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
    Oh yes, those things too I will miss.

    Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
    My life’s been full.
    I savored much, good friends, good times, and a loved one’s touch.

    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.

    God wanted me now; He set me free.

    Author unknown

  35. Karen,

    No words can say how sorry I am to hear of Jim’s passing. A great man, a great friend, a super father and loving husband.

  36. Karen: I am with you and your girls through this difficult time. I will call you when I’m back in the country. I am so sorry to hear about Jim. My prayers are with you and your family.

  37. Karen: I was so saddened to hear about the passing away of your husband, Jim. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult season in your life. May God continue to strengthen, comfort, and give you peace as well as your family.

  38. Karen: I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. I think of you often and I’m keeping you, Jean and Mary Kate in my thoughts and prayers.

    Karen, as I was reading through a book just the other day I read the following excerpt from a poem and I wanted to share it with you.

    Remembering You

    I’m thankful for the times we shared
    and the priceless memories too;
    for those memories are a comfort now when I lovingly remember You.

    Take care and may peace be with you and your family.

    Love,
    Sheila Wilson

  39. My deepest regrets to the passing of your husband/father. I remember him being a bit sleepy as I was going over information with him after his angiogram/procedure while at Strong Hospital. It is hard to understand why certain things happen. I will keep you and your family in prayer that God will get you through this very difficult time. Trust Him, He knows all about you. Psalm 139:1-18

  40. My most sincere sympathy’s to Jim’s family. Jim was a classmate of ’66 and dear friend. I was so looking forward to seeing him in July. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Ralph White

  41. My prayers are with the family of Jim this day for the happy repose of his soul. Jim will be remembered at at Holy Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church May 3, 2007 in Blairsville, Georgia. In God’s love and peace, Stephen (Class of 1966)

  42. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Our daughters were in the High school Musical Play together. Julia Barrett th grade. She was a cheerleader in the play. Strength to you and your children.

  43. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are surrounded by those that care about you and hope to support you and your family in any way needed.

    Take care.

  44. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. There are no words we can say to ease your sorrow, but know you are in our thoughts.

  45. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have many wonderful memories of Jim being another brother in our home all our lives.

    Bobbi, Mike and Matthew Barnes
    Raleigh, North Carolina

  46. There is a special place in my heart for Jim as he was one of the few people in our class that decided everyone was his friend and I was privelidged to be one of them. He will be sorely missed. Sandi

  47. Things change in life suddenly sometimes. We don’t always know why but He does. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Rich

  48. Though I did not spend a whole lot of time with Jimmy, I did cherish the moments we spent together.

    Jimmy enriched my moments with an inpenatrable sense of humor and a glowing perspective on life.

    Honor Jimmy and apply to your life the characteristics that you admire of him.

  49. To all of Jim’s family- my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.I also was looking forward to seeing him in July.
    Sincerely, Ellen Herzog Bianchi [ Holy Ghost class of 1962, and CCCS class of 1966.]

  50. To the Entire Kelly Family – As Ron’s older sister I always felt that Jim was a little part our family, too. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I can still envision his smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Norma Freeman (Wisotzke)

  51. To the Family of Jim Kelly, My deepest sympathy goes out to you during this difficult time of losing Jim so suddenly at at such a young age. You are in my thoughts and prayers. A C-C Class of 1966 classmate of Jim’s….Cathy (Duell) Hunt

  52. We are friends of your late mother, Jean. She was one of my best friends. I knew all of you very well. Jim, Marilyn and Ann, when you lived on Ronnie Lane.
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences to each of you and your family.
    In deepest Sympathy- Joan and Don Cussen

  53. We are praying for Jim and for you, all of his family. It was really nice to see Jim at the Kelly family reunions. I will always remember his smile and how sweet he was. We are so sorry for your loss. May you receive peace in knowing that he is with God. We wish we could attend the services but our thoughts will be with you..

  54. We are thinking of you and sharing in the beautiful memories of Jim. He was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly by all of us. Sincerely, The Wiemer Family

  55. We want you to know that we are thinking about you and praying for you during this very difficult time.

  56. We will always remember fondly Jim’s warm smile and kind ways. We are so sorry his loving family lost him so suddenly. He will live on in their hearts and in loving memories of everyone who knew him. Our prayers are with Karen, Jean and Mary Kate and Jim’s family. — Michael and Kathy Hill and Family

  57. When good men die, their goodness does not perish. -Euripides

    Jim’s goodness will clearly never be forgotten. He was a man of ambition and devotion who’s legacy lives on.
    Foremost in my mind was Jim’s dedication to making Autumn Lane an even better place. Not many teachers can say that their class had a ‘Room Dad’ named Jim Kelly. I am one of the fortunate ones who can. I appreciate the support he provided for Jean during her Kindergarten year. I especially appreciate the support he provided for all of the children of Autumn Lane. As PTA President he meant business…but, he did so with humor. The bricks that lead the way to our playground are a fitting rememberance to all he did for the students at Autumn Lane. Watching the kids run across the bricks toward the playground brings about an even bigger smile on my face as I think about Jim and how his hard work made the playground a reality. How fortunate we were to have the ‘Kelly Team’ on our PTA. The charisma, humorous banter and vision made each meeting not only effective, but entertaining. Even more so, were the ‘after PTA get-togethers’. With a chuckle in my heart I will never forget the time Jim walked home in the dead of winter from Molly Malone’s one very early Thursday morning after a PTA meeting. As was Jim’s nature, he didn’t want to put any one out, so he snuck out the back door and walked home among the snow drifts and stars. This story goes to show that Jim was well rounded; he was focused and determined yet, knew how to have fun! Jim was fine example of what it means to be a husband, father and friend. He will be missed! With Sympathy and Friendship – – Donna Conway

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