Francis Kelly Obituary, Death – Francis J. Kelly, who was 77 years old at the time of his death, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his loving family. Frank is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Marianne (Fennerty), as well as his three children and two sons-in-law, all of whom he was incredibly proud of: Kristin and John Ryan, Frank Kelly, and Maureen and Matthew Fitzgerald. He is also survived by six wonderful grandchildren who brought joy and happiness into his life: Jack, Emily, Madeline, and Caroline Ryan, as well as Grace and Ryan Fitzgerald.
Also survived by his brother James (Deanna) Kelly, his sister-in-law Eileen Robbins, his mother-in-law Mary Fennerty, a large number of nieces and nephews, his extended Maloney family, and his Kelly relatives across Ireland and the United Kingdom. His parents and his sister Margaret Franz passed away before he did, therefore they are considered his predecessors (Kelly).
Frank Kelly was raised in the close community of Felton St. and attended Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Thomas More, and St. Joseph’s University, where he developed friendships that he treasured throughout his life. Frank Kelly was born in Philadelphia to parents Andrew Kelly and Margaret Kelly, who were originally from Donegal and Galway, Ireland. Andrew Kelly was a businessman, and Margaret Kelly was a homemaker. Frank was immensely pleased with his work history at General Electric Company, which spanned more than 40 years. He and his wife Marianne have been devoted parishioners of Sacred Heart Church for the past 51 years, during which time they brought up their family in the Havertown area of Pennsylvania. Frank was a devoted follower of the Philly sports teams and a Villanova Wildcats basketball devotee. He was an avid golfer who also relished the more simple joys of life, such as a well-done filet cooked to perfection and a newly mowed yard. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the beach at Ocean City and Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as well as traveling the world with his wife and other friends and acquaintances.
It will be said of him that he was a guy of profound faith who brought a smile to everyone’s face and made them feel like they were the only ones in the room. There will be a viewing for him on Monday evening, October 11, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home of John Stretch located at 236 E. Eagle Road in Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083. There will also be a viewing for him on Tuesday morning, October 12, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:25 am at Sacred Heart Church located at 105 Wilson Avenue in Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083, immediately followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. Burial St. Denis Cemetery, Havertown, PA.