John Kelly

John J. Kelly

Sunday, May 14th, 1939 - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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John J. Kelly, 79, a lifetime resident of White Plains, New York passed away on April 16th, 2019. He was born on Mother’s Day, May 14th, 1939 to Martha (Smith) and Hugh Kelly. He served in the 175th Military Police Detachment from 1959-1962, and was stationed in France. He joined the White Plains Fire Department in August 1964 and retired after 24 years of public service. As a firefighter, he received a Medal of Honor in 1968 for a heroic rescue and in 1979 was chosen Firefighter of the Year by the Exchange Club of Downtown White Plains. After retirement, he was a welder for the Local Union 580. He was an active member of the American Legion, Elks Club, and Knights of Columbus.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Roseann Kelly. He is survived by his niece, Kelly Maloney and nephew, Thomas Maloney.

Donations in his memory may be made to White Plains Fire Department.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York 10605
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  • Interment

    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    575 Hillside Ave
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 10603
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Posted at 05:10pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one. Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you the hope and strength to keep going until all of God’s promises are fulfilled. (John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 45:18; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.)

John Guiddy

Posted at 01:13pm
John was a friend loyal and compassionate. A friend you could count on to have your back when needed. We had great times together. I and many will remember and miss him. Rest in peace John.
John & Gerry Guiddy
Port St,]. Lucie, Fl.

Joe Waldron

Posted at 06:43pm
John Kelly was a fifty year plus member and Past Commander of American Legion Post 135 White Plains, NY. He will be missed by all of us. John marched in all our parades and helped with the family picnics and pig roasts, his barbecued ribs were always a hit. He was never afraid to pitch in when we needed to get something done. John will be missed by everyone.

Joe Waldron Past Commander Post 135


Posted at 01:50pm
From the members of the New York Police & Fire retiree Assoc.
John, May You, "Rest in Peace"
To the family,
The membership is sorry for your loss.

Richard Posted at 10:17pm

John took me under his wing as a young firefighter and showed me the ropes on being true to yourself and sure in your job, Well done good and faithful servant , time to rest easy. A friend . FF Richard Houlihan

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