Stephen DeGeorge Kelly of Nashua, NH
Born in Boston, and raised in Chelmsford, he was the son of the late Stephen and Frances Kelly.
He was married for 46 years to the late Sandra (Wilkins) Kelly, who died in 2010. Together they raised their three daughters in Tyngsboro.
After a long career as a heavy equipment mechanic, with many years at Doering Equipment and CN Wood, he retired from The Fletcher Quarry in Westford.
Steve was a volunteer firefighter in Tyngsboro, retiring as the Deputy Fire Chief in the early 1980s. He was a proud member of the N.R.A., and The Westford Sportsman Club where he taught firearms safety. His passions were tractors and black powder guns and he especially enjoyed restoring old weapons. He will also be remembered for his good humor and sage advice, which was usually preceded by “You know the problem with…”
He was loved and is survived by his daughters, Colleen (Richard) Long of Jupiter, FL, Traci (Dean) Allard of Hudson, NH, and Jennifer (Dennis) Kelly-Geary of Tyngsboro. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Aimee (Peter) Cullen, Abigayle Long and her partner Ali Sousa, Paul and Harry Allard, and Taylor and Grace Burgess. He was the very proud “Great Gramps” to Harper and Wyatt Cullen. Steve is also survived by his sisters-in-law Miriam Jocks and Ruth Boyce, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his Corgi buddies, Bacon and Murphy.
The Kelly girls wish to thank Dr. Edward Walshe and the Lahey Clinic transplant team for taking such good care of Dad. They also wish to thank the family that selflessly donated their loved one’s kidney (aka "The Other Guy") to him in 2013.
Visiting hours Friday February 16, from 3 to 6 P.M. with a service at 6 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Burial in the Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford at a later date. Memorials may be made in his name to the Westford Sportsman Club. The family requests that all attending services to please wear a bit of green. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.