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Albert J. Kelly, Jr.

Albert J. Kelly, Jr.
Albert J. Kelly Jr. "Kel," 79, of Reamstown, Pennsylvania, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital.


Kel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 7, 1940, a son to the late Dorothy (McMullin) Kelly and Albert Kelly and husband to Margaret A.(McElroneKelly of Reamstown. Kel was a 1958 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School and later attendedSt. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. 


A dedicated and hardworking employee, Kel offered his services to J.C. Penney for 35 years before retiring. During his tenure, Kel worked at various locations across multiple states, including Upper DarbyRockland, Maineand Sturbridge, Massachusetts before he served as store manager in Framingham, Massachusetts, and Ephrata, Pennsylvania.


Kel was a kind, passionate individual who cared deeply for his family, friends and community. An avid volunteer in the Reamstown area, Kel spent much of his time post-retirement supporting the Reamstown Park, making sure it was a safe and respectable place for kids to enjoy their own time. 


That passion also carried over into Kel's love of music and sport; Kel had collected thousands of records throughout his life. Kel was also an ardent supporter of the Philadelphia 76ers, Eagles, Flyers and Phillies.


Kel is survived by his wife, Margaret, children, Kathy, Warren, Patti (Tom), Paul, Anne (Tom) and Kim, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren with a fifth on the way. Kel is also survived by his brother, Larry (Jane), sisters Dottie and Pat (Dan). Kel was pre-deceased by his sister, Kathy.


Friends and family are invited to gather for a viewing on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Gravenor Home for Funerals in Ephrata at 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association at lung.org/donate.

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Dad, Life Will never be the same without you! I will always be blessed & grateful for you, beyond word's! Thank you for all of our life's blessings & your love for all of us!! I will miss you forever!! I love you with all my heart ❤ & soul!!
~ Patti
I’ll be forever appreciative to the JC Penny Company that they decided to to relocate Mr. Kelly to the Ephrata area. I’m beyond grateful to have had a man like Mr. Kelly as a role model growing up, and as I’ve gotten older, have come to a greater understand and appreciation for all he did for his family and his community.
~ Matthew Oberly
The Kelly family, very sorry for your loss. I met Al when I was in Waynesboro, Pa. and enjoyed his company during district meetings. He was a kind giving person that cared about people. I loved getting emails from him with some humor. Again thoughts and prayers to the Kelly family. Bill Nelson
~ William Nelson
Kim and family, So sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family.
~ Matthew Brookman
So sorry for your loss. Al was always so kind in mentoring to me as his junior at JCPenney Co., Inc. We shared a love for our associates, merchandise and the running of our store as if the business was our own. Thank you Al, you are a great man! Requiescat in pace!
~ John Flaherty
I always enjoyed Al and his ongoing humor. He would see me working at the Park & always took time to chat. He was an asset to the Park and will be missed.
~ Candi Walker
So sorry for your loss! I will always remember my loving cousin.
~ Lee Hansell

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