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James P. Kelley, Jr.

James P. Kelley, Jr.

Wednesday, March 5th, 1941 - Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
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Obituary

James Patrick Kelley Jr. passed away March 30, 2021 at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. He died peacefully with family by his side after an unexpected illness. Jim was born March 5, 1941 in St. Stephen, NB to James P. Kelley Sr. and Vivian (Dunn) Kelley. He was their only child and was raised in Calais, ME. He attended Calais High School, where he met the love of his life, Hazel Jean Kelley. The two were married on September 20, 1957 and went on to have three children – Jim, Kathy and David. They worked tirelessly together to run a family business, Kelley’s Apparel in Calais. They then moved to the Brewer/Holden area and continued to work together at Macy’s. When not working, they enjoyed family trips together around the coastal area of Maine. Jim was a history buff and loved to learn about the places they visited. Jim and Jean not only shared an epic love story, but they shared a passion for the same hobbies as well. They enjoyed collecting and selling vintage postcards, and loved hunting for treasures at auctions across Maine. Both also greatly enjoyed singing; Jim most recently sang baritone for the barbershop quartet “The Rusty Pipes Quartet”. His passion was performing, both solo and with his wife, in a variety of shows including the Mainely Music Chorus. Jim is predeceased by his son James P. Kelley III and daughter-in-law Donna (Collins) Kelley. He is survived by and cherished by his wife of 63 years, Jean Kelley, known to her as “Mr. Wonderful”. Jim is also survived by his daughter Kathy J. Kelley and son David J. Kelley; grandchildren Amanda Lawless, Tonya Stewart, Candace Kelley-Welch, Tara Small, Joseph Lyons, Kayla Kelley, Liam Kelley and Alison Kelley; and great-grandchildren Cameron Kelley, Summer Stewart, Isaac Stewart and William Small. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 3 pm on Sunday April 11th at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home at 133 Center Street, Bangor, with refreshments immediately following the ceremony. Condolences may be sent to Jean Kelley at Westgate Center, 750 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401.
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  • Service

    Sunday, April 11th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, April 11th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    Address
    133 Center Street
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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    Officiant
    Rev. Linette George
  • Reception

    Sunday, April 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, April 11th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith
    Address
    163 Center Street
    BANGOR, ME 04401
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    Notes
    Fairmount Market

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Harry w Wheeler

Posted at 09:33pm
Jim,RIP! JEAN,so sorry to hear about my cousin,Jim.May you always think of him as that smiling,kind man.I surely will.Aunt Nell ,Inez,Nana Murphy were all proud of him.I got to play with his toys as a young boy when we visited Aunt Nell.Pat Murphy was my mother and Aunt Mimi Ross was her twin sister,11 chandler street folks,anyways God Bless may you always shed tears of happiness for him. Sincerly,Harry Wheeler-Smith
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Joseph Snider

Posted at 03:30pm
I'm very sorry that Jim has gone. I enjoyed singing with him for many years in the Mainely Music Chorus as well as in an occasional quartet. I wasn't able to be at his service but I was there in spirit. My thoughts and best wishes go out to Jean and everyone in his family. Joe Snider

Marie Nadeau

Posted at 01:22pm
As a new baritone with the Mainely Music Chorus, I was happy to have Jim as my mentor. He was always kind and helpful, and I learned a lot from him. He was such a hit with the Rusty Pipes; and his rendition of 'Baritone Blues' was a joy to watch. I will miss him greatly.

David DeWald

Posted at 09:54am
God Bless you Jim. You were the gentlest man I ever knew. Kind and sweet to our cousin Jean. - David.
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