James Kelley

James E. Kelley

1938 - 2021

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Obituary of James E. Kelley

James E. Kelley, 82, of Davenport Center, passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Born on October 16, 1938 in Oneonta, James was the son of the late Fay and Bertha (Roof) Kelley.

He proudly served in the US Army from 1955 until his honorable discharge in 1958.

As a young man he worked for VanBuren’s in Hobart, then AGWAY in Stamford until landing his career job at General Electric Co. in Schenectady where he worked for 25 years as a winder and machinist until his retirement.  

Mr. Kelley served as a volunteer fireman for the Hobart Fire Department for over 25 years, he also served as secretary of the Tri-County Fireman Association.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Oneonta and enjoyed playing in their horseshoe leagues. In his younger years, James also played in the local men’s softball league for Lamports.  He was also an avid New York Yankee’s baseball fan.

James was known for his extreme wit and incredible sense of humor, always pulling pranks, never giving a straight answer and always looking for a good laugh. He was forever thoughtful, kind and fun loving.  All who knew him loved him. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Besides his parents, James was predeceased by his daughter: Sonya Kelley; and a sister: Jane Temple.

He is survived by his long-time love and companion: Joan Davis of Davenport Center; children: Darlene Kelley (Philip VanEtten) of Hobart, Rhonda Kelley (Rodney Johnson) of E. Worchester and Shawn Kelley (Teresa Boecke) of Jefferson; grandchildren: Stephanie (Sheldon) Griffin of Chesapeake, VA, Joseph Marold of Albany, Jessica Baldi of Bloomville, Jacquelyn (Jennifer) Kelley of Walton, Jenelle (Ford) Zimmerman of Oneonta, Kelsey Kelley of Jefferson and James Kelley of Jefferson; twelve great-grandchildren: Alexandra, Andrew, Madison, Elizabeth, Jayden, Levi, Daniel, Gage, Desiree, Memphis, Justice and Willow; sisters: Joyce (Frank) Harkenreader, Betty Lou (Bob) Clark and Shirley(late Edward) Collins; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of James’s life will be held at 1PM on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Stamford VFW, Stamford, NY  

Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share a condolence with the Kelley family.


Celebration of Life

1:00 pm
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Stamford American Legion
65721 State Highway 10
Stamford, New York, United States