Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathizes to the Kelley Family. I had worked for Ken at various health care facilities over my career. Ken was without a doubt the most reasonable, kind, ethical, man of integrity Ive ever met with an amazing sense of humor! I was so sad to just hear of his passing. May the Kelley Family find peace and comfort in knowing how many people Ken positively effected and hold dear and their heart.

Posted by Nora Carreiro - Work   August 10, 2021

I just heard this sad news. Ken was a joy to work with, always helpful, always smiling, always fun. I'm sorry you lost him, he deserved a long retirement after working so hard all those years. The world lost a good one.

Posted by Trish Monahan - Norwood Senior Center - Coworker   April 22, 2021

Pat and Allie and Kate, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I loved your dad- his energy, his love of life. If there is anything that I can do please don't hesitate to ask. I pray that time will give you some peace . God bless you all.

Posted by Patricia O'Brien - Chelmsford, MA - Friend   March 25, 2021

My Condolences to Ken's family. I knew Ken as a fellow Nursing Home Administrator and a friend for 30 years. He was so vibrant in everything he did and I always enjoyed meeting up with him at professional events. He will surely be missed by those he served. I will miss him greatly. Be at peace my friend.

Posted by John Corliss - Cumberland, RI - Friend   March 19, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I worked with him when I was a volunteer ombudsman at The Ellis nursing home. He was always kind hearted and welcoming, and a real pleasure to work with. My sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Jeanne Holtzman - Franklin, MA - Coworker   March 18, 2021

My condolences to the Kelley Family. It has been many, many years since Ken and I worked part time at the NEDH as messengers while we were both in high school. He was always full of tremendous positive energy, which was contagious. I remember when my car broke down in Boston and he had me stay over at the apartment he shared with his mom in Brookline. Before he brought me to the room where I would be sleeping, Ken quickly removed the crucifix from the wall over the bed. Although it wasn't necessary and we laughed about it, Ken was trying to be sensitive and respectful to my Jewish faith. I sense from the many notes / tributes from his friends and the obituary, he carried these human qualities through his life. Again, my sincere condolences. Arnie Wensky, Shrewsbury, MA

Posted by Arnie Wensky Wensky - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   March 17, 2021

To have the privilege of working with someone that you can respect, can laugh with, can learn from and enjoy during work or outside as well, is very rare. I had that privilege, working with Ken for 16 years. He loved people, helping them whether it was the seniors we served, their families or the coworkers he treated like family. Helping many of those people to advance their careers. I also know how much he cherished his own family, his girls and the grandkids. That was the best part of his being retired, time with the kids. I also know this time he has had at home was really good time. I am honored to have been associated with Ken Kelly and will miss him dearly.

Posted by June Jordan - Norwood, MA - Friend   March 16, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Kelley family. Wishing you moments of peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Susan Morrison - Boston, MA - Coworker   March 16, 2021

Pat, So sorry to read of Ken's passing. I remember you both from my NU MT student days training at NEDH. We also reconnected briefly in Newport when I was living in Jamestown and my daughter and your girls were in swim lessons at the Y. May your girls and grandchildren be a source of comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy (Fisher) Trumbull - Wellesley, MA - Acquaintance   March 15, 2021

Pat--Lisa and I were stunned this morning to read of Ken's death. Shore Drive has lost one of its best visitors. We will miss his always friendly smile. We hope to see you later in the year to express our in-person condolences. Best wishes, Ed Burke and Lisa Zankman, Jamaica Plain March 14, 2021

Posted by EDWARD BURKE - JAMAICA PLAIN, MA - Friend   March 14, 2021

I worked with Ken for over 10 years at the Chelmsford Country Club. He would come in on Sunday mornings after his run and trip to Kate's Corner. He would always share the sports section of the Sunday paper after he had finished reading it. We'd talk Boston sports and the status of every team that was in season. We'd watch the Sox and Patriots together in the bar when the course was slow. I never met Allyson or Kate but I knew all about them. He was always so proud of his family. He had a great sense of humor and really was everyone's biggest cheerleader. All of the guys in the golf shop got such a kick out of him. Ken will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Ryan Coakley - MA - Friend   March 14, 2021

One of the blessings of my life was to meet and spend some time with the Kelley family. It seemed as Ken always had sunshine as a constant companion. He will surely be missed. My heart goes out to his family.

Posted by Ralph Savage - Minneapolis, MN - Acquaintance   March 10, 2021

I knew Ken as a classmate at BHS, we spent lots of time together. I am saddened to hear this news. Although we have lost touch since graduation i will miss knowing Ken is no longer around to be a friend to all with his great energy and love of life. Ken will be missed.

Posted by christopher bonnet - sarasota, FL - Classmate   March 10, 2021

I am so saddened to know I lost a true friend. We had so many good times in our high school years and at reunions. He always made time to get together when I came home each year and we would have an evening of laughing, reminiscing and catching up on all sort of news and gossip. I will miss his humor, his laugh, emails, texts, calls and mostly his caring friendship. My condolences go out to all of the family and friends he loved so much. Rest In Peace, you will always be in my heart,

Posted by Corrine Morrison Jarvis - Huntington Beach, CA - Friend   March 10, 2021

A really great guy.We crossed paths many times through our work in Long Term Care.I don't think I can ever remember a time when he didn't have a smile on his face or a quick story about the old days.A real loss.Condolences to his family and friends
Peter Gordon

Posted by Peter Gordon - Boston, MA - Classmate   March 10, 2021

Kenny, always looked forward to seeing your Smiling face @ Our class reunions. One of the truly nice guys,
Rest in peace
Gerry Gordon

Posted by Gerry Gordon - Boca Raton, FL - Friend   March 10, 2021

We cannot express strongly enough our sorrow for Pat, Allyson and

We cannot express strongly enough our sorrow for Pat, Allyson, Kate and their families. Ken will be so missed by everyone he knew. Love, family, friends, fun, sports were everything to Ken. We'll miss you, Ken.

Posted by Sandy & Jim ONeill - Weymouth, MA - Friend   March 10, 2021

I was lucky enough to work with Ken and got a chance to see what a great man he was. I have so many memories of him helping patients and families, mentoring staff and helping the community and always with an infectious smile and big heart. I will miss him dearly and I wanted to extend my sympathy to the family

Posted by Pam Gibson - Foxboro, MA - coworker   March 10, 2021

my sincere and heart felt condolences to you Pat and your girls and their families. we go back to winsor days and your wedding was the best i ever went to.What a blast. ken will be missed by a lot of people for his love of life and a good time. much to soon to say goodbye to a great guy.much love to all

Posted by jugs    March 10, 2021

A more wonderful man is hard to imagine.
Ken was truly a lover of life and friend to everyone. My condolences to his wife and daughters. He was the dedicated father and grandfather that all children should have.

This is so excruciating for all who knew Ken. He looked forward to the future and took great care of his health.

R.I.P. Ken, my dear, dear friend. You will be forever missed.

Posted by Joanne Pignato Bacon - Friend   March 09, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Our friendship was only a few years but felt a lot longer.
My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Posted by Marleen Meisterman/Spengler - Teaticket, MA - Friend   March 09, 2021

Sharing Messenger Service days with Ken at the Deaconess, playing for hospital softball team, Monday night quarter night at King's Row, many Beanpots together - my wife wanted him but settled for me. Great times shared and always remembered.

Posted by Jeff & Kathleen Larsen - Round Pond, ME - Friend   March 09, 2021

Thinking of the Kelley Family at this sad time. My sister, Corrine Morrison-Jarvis and Ken were Brookline High School friends and Ken was at my parents home many, many times during that wonderful era !!!!. There were " pre- class reunions" on Jamaica Road, as they were the Class of '66 and Ken with Classmates knew how to have a good time !!! Great , great person ....cherish the memories !!!!
Marena Morrison

Posted by Marena Morrison - Norwood, MA - Friend   March 09, 2021

So many of us in Norwood adored Ken. He worked in our community as an administrator of several nursing homes in town.Where ever he was at the helm, I always noticed that the staff were happy, which of course means the residents were happy too. As a local staff at housing authority in the area, I had lots of contact with Ken. He was alway so helpful, generous and of course fun. He attended many our events with a huge smile and lots of laughter. Being a family man, he was amazingly kind to my daughters, who both adored him. He helped them in their pursuit of careers in the health field. We are forever grateful. My sincerest sympathies to Pat, his daughters and his grandchildren.

Posted by Pam Chubet - Norwood, MA - Friend   March 09, 2021


We treasure the many memories we have of Ken as a good friend and neighbor. We'll hold his memory fondly and wish his family peace and comfort.

Posted by Tom and Dee Simmons - Longs, SC - Friend   March 09, 2021

My most sincere condolences to Pat and family. You have so many wonderful memories of a wonderful man. God speed Ken.

Posted by Donna Apprill - San Diego, CA - Friend   March 09, 2021

It is impossible to imagine our lively, full of life Ken as no longer going to be able to join with us in life. It feels like we've been blindsided and our grief is deep.

Everyone loved Ken and his wonderful sense of humor. Always in your corner enjoying everything that was going well for you and a strong shoulder when you needed some comfort or a sounding board.

He told me he had another good 15 years of having a good time with family, friends & travel. I believed him and he believed it also.

There are holes in the hearts of so many people but we will always hold his amazing memory with us.

I know I speak for the Brookline High School Class of 1966. We have our own webpage and there are so many touching comments and heartfelt sorrow over our loss.

Rest in peace my dear friend. You left us way too soon and will be painfully missed.

Posted by Judy Syatt Levye - Scottsdale, AZ - Friend   March 09, 2021

Dear Pat,Allyson and Kate,
I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing.
He exuded such a love of life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times.

Posted by Mary Fraser - West Roxbury, MA - Friend   March 09, 2021