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“This is how he died, leaving in his death a model of courage and an unforgettable example of virtue not only for the young but for the whole nation.” (2 MC 6:18-31)

Joseph Henry Kelly Jr., beloved father and grandfather passed away early in the morning on December 1, 2015.

He is survived by his four children Kevin, Nancy Leahy, Diane Cavazos, Karen Ryan, daughter-in-law Shannon Brooks Kelly, sons-in-law Dr. Daniel R. Cavazos and Kevin C. Ryan and 18 grandchildren.

Joseph was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years Marianne Trotter Kelly, his parents Joseph Sr. and Mary Hernon Kelly, and three siblings Eugene, John Barry, and Maureen Kelly Holmes.

Joe was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 16, 1929, and moved to New York City at age 12. He attended Seton Hall University in West Orange, New Jersey, on a full track scholarship and in 1951 graduated from Officers’ Candidate School and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

In 1953, Joe was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp as a Captain. In 1954, he married Marianne Trotter and was hired by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Corporation (3M) as a sales representative.

Joseph left 3M fifteen years later as a Regional Sales Manager to join a partnership in the medical equipment and supply business in New York City. In 1985 that company was sold to National Medical Enterprises and Joe and Marianne retired to Long Boat Key, Florida. They bought a home in Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1991 where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

Joe deeply loved his family. He was an extrovert who befriended all whom he met. He became a beloved member of St Bede’s Catholic Church community and the Williamsburg Recreation Center.

There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at Nelsen Funeral Home on Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. at St Bede Catholic Church on Ironbound Road in Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to Veritas Preparatory School, 275 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA, or

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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