Soldier, Hero, Athlete, Writer, Husband to the late Nancy Wilson Kelly (longtime Ridgefield Elementary school teacher), beloved Father to Kimberly and Kerry Kelly and beloved Grandfather to Matthew, Thomas, and James Sara.
Howard Kelly was born in NYC and later moved, with his family, to Rowayton, Conn. He joined the Marine Corps at age 18. After his service in WWII he went on to graduate from Manhattan College all the while playing baseball for the Marine Corps, Manhattan College, and went on to become a professional baseball player batting .407 for a season at Cornwall Ontario Ball Park. Known as “Home run Howie,” he held the record for the farthest homerun ever hit at the Cornwall park.
After his baseball career “Bud” and Nancy moved to Ridgefield, to start their family. Howard went on to become a sports writer, newspaper editor, and then magazine editor. Howard J. Kelly Jr. will be laid to rest at The Arlington National Cemetery in late spring.
Howard, “Bud,” Dad, Gramps, was not only what we called “a walking encyclopedia,” but anyone who knew him is well aware of his truly unique, “dry Irish,” sense of humor. He had a gentle soul and a loving, generous heart.
He was deeply loved by his family and will be missed beyond measure.