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.(McElrone) Kelly 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 Darby, Rockland, Maine, and 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.