Robert James Kelly

August 27, 1939 ~ January 27, 2022 (age 82)




Robert J. “Bobbo” Kelly, 82, of Brandon, died January 27, 2022, at the
University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, after a short
illness. Born in Rutland, Vermont on August 27, 1939, Bob was a proud
alumnus of Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Rutland, where he enjoyed a
storied athletic career. Bob remained a life-long Vermont resident, later
residing in Brattleboro, Newfane, and Brandon. Bob’s love of sports
continued throughout his life, as he enjoyed golf with his friends and family
at Neshobe Country Club, playing basketball and softball in several
neighborhood leagues, traveling annually to New York to root for his
beloved New York Yankees, and making his enthusiastic presence known
throughout Vermont as he coached and rooted for his daughters and many
other relatives at their numerous athletic games. Bob also loved visiting
his ancestral home of Ireland. He was a gregarious host and enjoyed
cooking generous meals for friends and family. Bob’s professional career
saw him travel extensively throughout New England with his work as a
beverage salesman. Following his retirement from G. Housen & Co. in
Brattleboro, Bob continued to be actively involved in his community,
including as a much-loved presence in the Shoreham school system as a
para-educator. Bob is survived by his wife Leslie, and daughters Ryan
Kelly of Newfane, Vermont, Mitzi Newton of Mendon, Vermont, Meg Curry
(Mike), his granddaughter Campbell Curry, all of Ossining, New York, his
sister Claire Notte (“Miss Daisy”) (John) of Rutland, sister-in-law Jeanne
Kelly, brother- and sister-in-law Rob and Christina Naylor of Salisbury,
Vermont, and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and
grandnephews. Bob was predeceased by his daughter Kara Kelly on
December 22, 1978, and his brothers Jack and Francis “Mickey” Kelly. A
Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the
direction of Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Leland & Gray Athletic Department (write
checks to “WRED”, memo: Bob Kelly), P.O. Box 128, Townshend, VT
05353, OR the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT


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