Passing of Life Member James J. Kelly

James J. Kelly
February 6, 1939 ~ July 14, 2020 (age 81)
 
We lost a great man and a true friend. Brother Jim Kelly personified the meaning of a true Hibernian!
 
Jim was born in Wicklow County Ireland in February 1939. He served in the Irish Army, then emigrated to America and served in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division. Brother Kelly joined the AOH Division 1 Monroe, NY in 1978. Brother Kelly served as Orange County AOH Division 1 President from 1996-97, District 8 Director 1992-94, AOH Orange County Board President 2001-2005, AOH County Historian 1990-2014, Founder of the Fleming Scholarship Fund and was Chairman of that committee from 2001-2013. Brother Kelly initiated the Seamus Comisky Memorial Shamrock Degree and served as Degree Coordinator from 2004-2014.
 
In 1992, Jim was the Grand Marshal for the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade.
 
In 2016 Brother Jim Kelly was awarded The Burns-Hayes Award. The Burns-Hayes Award, is the highest award that can be bestowed to a Hibernian in the State of New York, by the AOH.
 
As well as a highly valued member to the AOH, Brother Kelly was a bagpiper and played a huge part in the Orange County AOH Pipe and Drums for 38+ years. Brother Kelly joined “The Old Brigade” in 1978. He was a stellar teacher and was the type of leader we were all proud of. Brother Kelly also mentored bagpipers at the West Point US Military Academy from 1991-1996, earning himself the SGM Jack Harris Award. Brother Kelly quickly raised through the ranks and became Pipe Sergeant in 1982 all the way through to 1997. He then became Pipe Major from 1997 until the year 2001.

Brother Kelly was a retired Detective for the New York City Police Department & an Analyst for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.Here are a few words from Brother Kelly’s Lifetime Membership Application:

“Sharing my knowledge of the AOH Constitution and By-Laws with new members of our respective Division and County. Imparting the history of the Irish and the Irish American People and the contributions they made over many centuries as immigrants, their hardships, rejections and sufferings. And, of course, on a positive note, the many accomplishments they contributed to their adopted country…I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Please keep Jim Kelly, his wife Breda and his children, William and Maria and their families in your prayers.

May St. Patrick guard you
wherever you go,
and guide you in whatever you do–
and may his loving protection
be a blessing to you always.

Bill Coffey
President
Joseph Duelk Jr. AOH Division 1
Monroe, NY

Read the full obituary.

Note to those wishing to pay their respect:

Division #1 and other AOH members will participate in a Wake Service at 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 19.  The Division #1 hall will be open at 5:00 pm if anyone is interested in meeting there before heading over to Flynn Funeral Home.

On Monday, July 20th the Division and Band will lead a short procession of the hearse as it leaves from Flynn’s for the funeral.  This will be at 9:15 am.

At 10:15 the Division and band will lead an escort into St. Columba’s in Chester for an 11:00 am funeral Mass.

Burial will follow at the Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery in Goshen.

County Members, if you plan to attend, please wear your parade uniform.