Francis L.P. Kelly, 79

Writer with U.S. agencies

April 17, 2007

Francis L.P. Kelly, a retired writer and former Pasadena resident, died in his sleep April 10 at a hospital in Smyrna, Del. He was 79.

Francis Lawrence Patrick Kelly was born on Long Island, N.Y., and raised in Bellerose, N.Y.

He served in the Navy in the Pacific during the waning days of World War II.

Mr. Kelly earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University in 1948 and a master's degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1951.

He worked as a writer for numerous publications in New York, before moving from Buffalo to Annandale, Va., in 1965. Two years later, he moved to Bowie and in 1975 to Pasadena.

From 1972 to 1977, Mr. Kelly was a writer for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, and then for the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1977 to his retirement in 1992.

He spent the last two years of his career on loan to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

While living in Pasadena, he was a communicant, lector, usher and lay minister at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In 1999, Mr. Kelly moved to Rehoboth Beach, Del. He was a devoted Yankee fan, family members said. He also liked to hunt and golf.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. April 28 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 126 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Helen Constance Kondolf; three sons, Dr. William Kelly of Tucker, Ga., Dr. Patrick Kelly of Concord, Mass., and Michael Kelly of Wichita, Kan.; six daughters, Maureen K. Speirs of Absecon, N.J., Suzanne K. Heller of Friedens, Pa., Karen K. Baker of Hanover, Pa., Margaret K. Capone of Mays Landing, N.J., Teresa K. East of Lutherville and Seana Kelly Coffin of Anneslie; a brother, Dr. John Kelly of Pittsford, N.Y.; and 18 grandchildren.

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