Brian Joseph Kelley, of Newton, formerly of Needham died suddenly on September 3, 2020. He was 66.
Brian was born and raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham. He was one of four brothers, Paul, Robert and John, and kept a close relationship with them throughout his life. He was the founder of Upstate Biotech which he operated for many years. Brian loved golf, dogs, movies with his family, and telling stories about his youth. He was a devout Catholic his whole life. Brian practiced his belief that the purpose of life is to help others with compassion for all people and acts of charity.
He was the devoted husband for 41 years of Anne Marie (Kenney) Kelley, the loving father of Virginia Kelley of Newton, Jacqueline Kelley-Jones of Watertown and Gregory Kelley of Princeton NJ, and beloved grandfather of Ryan Jones. He was deeply proud of his children, provided them a wonderful childhood, was a great listener, and loved to laugh. Though he struggled with Parkinson’s disease in his last years, he expressed his love for and loyalty to his family every single day.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 10 at 12 Noon in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newtonville followed by interment in Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 5-7 PM in the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St, Newton Corner. Proper precautions must be followed regarding social distancing and all attendees must wear face coverings. A donation in lieu of flowers, in Brian’s name to Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, 275 W. Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 would be appreciated.
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