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John Francis Kelly

December 28, 1930 ~ March 9, 2019 (age 88)


John Francis Kellly, age 88, passed away March 9, 2019 of heart failure at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.  He was surrounded by a loving family that eased his passing with his favorite dance tunes, anecdotes of years gone by, and comforting words from his wife, four daughters, and  14 grandchildren.
The essence of this man can be summed up as loving and loved.
He was born in Rochester, Minnesota and grew up in St.Paul, graduating from  Cretin High School, a Jesuit  prep school renowned for academic excellence.
A renaissance man, John was a successful real estate entrepreneur, gifted artist and sculptor.  A world traveler who toured 45 countries with his wife, Sara, this included several trips to Argentina and Chile to tango.  He loved ballroom dancing, especially swing.
An Army veteran, he saw combat in Korea  and was awarded the Purple Heart, 
Combat Infantry Badge, and Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars.  Following discharge in 1953, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Industrial Design.  After graduation he was employed as a consultant  for 3M and other manufacturing companies.  In 1963 he moved to the San Jose area with his wife, Pauline,  two daughters and his mother Elizabeth Stalwick, to began his career in real estate acquisition.  Later, two more daughters were born.  Pauline died in 2004.
John moved to Monterey in 2007 with his second wife, Sara Myers.  He is survived by Sara, four daughters and three son-in-laws:  Cynthia and Dennis Early, Loomis, Ca, Cassandra Kelly, Cameron Park, Ca, Cyrena  and Joe Park, Brentwood, Ca,  and Christina and Seiko Brown, Cameron Park, Ca.
His grandchildren include Michelle Early and husband Josh Halsey, Sacramento, Ca, Brian Early, Sacramento,  Ca , Tiffany Richmond,  Cameron Park, Ca,  John Emory Richmond, Roseville, Ca, Felicity Suarez and husband Eric, Roseville, Ca, Tilly and husband Dustin Richmond, Pittsburg, Pa, Chenelle Brown, Maui, Hawaii,  Chemisse Brown, Independence, Ohio, Ethan Brown, Cameron Park, Ca, Brennan Park, Conor Park, and Riley Park, Brentwood, Ca,  Calvin Suarez, Roseville, Ca, and three step grandchildren, Edward Emig, Sacramento, Ca, Heather Bolton and Bud Bolton, Folsom, Ca.  Great grandchildren are Vincent Brown, Olivia and Skylar Park and North Richmond.
A memorial service will be held  at St. Mary’s By-The-Sea in Pacific Grove  on May 11th at 1 P.M.
 

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