James Kelly

Obituary of James Kelly

James W. “Jim” Kelly of LaFayette, NY passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 after a brief illness. Son of the late Rev. H. Hugh Kelly and Ida Pierce Kelly, James is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue D. Kelly; their son, Sean Kelly (Anneke) of Oakland CA; brother, Samuel P. Kelly (Mary Kate); sisters-in-law, Martha Russell and Hope Hart (Edward); mother-in-law, Jeannette Chappell; nephews, Jacob Russell, Jeffery Russell, Antony Kelly; niece, Emily Hart; and many Kelly cousins and dear friends.

Jim taught business law and entrepreneurship at Morrisville State College for 14 years, retiring in 2015. He previously worked as Director of Finance for Arise, and in Florida, as Director of Operations at the University of Miami, School of Law, after serving as Business Manager of the Miami Museum of Science.

Jim was a graduate of Union-Endicott H.S. (1968), SUNY Oswego (1972), Loyola U. College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana (1978), and a member of The Florida Bar. A life-long musician, Jim played many instruments over the years, most recently piano/keyboards, and enjoyed being a part of several musical communities in the CNY area. 

Calling hours:  Thursday, May 24th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, 2584 Field Lane, LaFayette, NY 13084. Memorial Service:  Saturday, May 26th at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Duke U.M.C., Box 3624, Durham, NC  27710. 

Online condolences at www.ballweg-lunsford.com