John T. Kelly, affectionately known as Jack, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2023 at the age of 90. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933 to proud Irish parents, John and Josephine Kelly, and was one of five Kelly siblings, including PJ, Billy, Linda, and Richie. His life was a testament to love, adventure, and the joy of storytelling.
Jack's remarkable journey began in elementary school when he met his beloved soulmate, Joan Pearsall. Their love story blossomed, and they exchanged vows in 1953, embarking on a lifelong adventure together. They started their family in the heart of Brooklyn, with four wonderful children, Chris, Debbie, Jack, and Caroline.
In 1964, Jack made the decision to move his family to Brentwood, Long Island, seeking a new chapter of stability and growth. The Kelly family eventually found their forever home in Oakdale in 1972, where they built countless cherished family memories. Jack was the loving grandfather to seven grandchildren, Patrick, Sean, Meghan, Thomas, Michael, Ryan and Timmy. He was also great grandfather to Nola and Frankie.
Jack was not only a loving husband and devoted father but also a dedicated servant to his country. He served in the US Air Force, proudly standing as a Korean War Veteran. His commitment to protecting others led him to join the New York City Police Department, where he rose through the ranks, becoming a decorated Police officer and ultimately retiring as a Detective Sergeant. He achieved the honor of being the first Neighborhood Police Chief in his district.
After his remarkable career in law enforcement, Jack ventured into the world of real estate, becoming a successful broker and the proud owner of both Kelly and Brentwood Realties. His passion for real estate eventually transitioned into real estate appraisals, and he tirelessly shared his expertise by teaching Appraisal Certification well into his 80s. He also served multiple terms as President of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.
However, most of all, Jack will be remembered as a prolific storyteller. He had an unparalleled ability to captivate any room, making every occasion come to life. With a drink in his hand at all times, he ensured everyone was sharing in the merriment. His company meant you were in for an unforgettable adventure, whether it was at a party, on a trip, celebrating weddings, holidays, or wandering the bustling streets of Manhattan. Jack's presence ensured that each gathering was filled with memorable moments and zany antics.
As we bid farewell to Jack, let us honor his memory in the way he would have wanted. Let us raise a glass to celebrate his remarkable life, his love for storytelling, and his enduring spirit of adventure. His legacy lives on in the hearts of his family and friends, and his stories will continue to be cherished for generations to come.
Cheers to you, Jack, for a life well-lived and a legacy that will forever brighten our lives. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
Visitation- Sunday September 10, 2023 from 2-4:30 & 7-9:30 p.m. at our West Sayville Funeral Home, 245 Main St.
Funeral Mass- Monday September 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence RC Church, Sayville.
Interment- Calverton National Cemetery