Thomas Paul Kelly

Born: Sat., Jul. 17, 1943
Died: Sat., Mar. 7, 2020


Memorial Mass

Sat., Mar. 14, 2020
Location: St. Dominic Church


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Thomas Paul Kelly, age 77, of Ripley, New York, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Absolut Care of Westfield. He was born on July 17, 1943, in Kenmore, New York,
outside of Buffalo, the
son of the late Earl and Margaret (Umhaurer) Kelly.
Tom was formerly employed by the Buffalo Police Department as a police officer until his retirement in 1972. After retirement, Tom,
his wife, and children moved permanently to the Ripley community where he wore several volunteer hats. He was a Boy
Scout leader for more than 40 years. Throughout his scouting career, he received many scouting awards, including the Silver Beaver Award in 1998. Tom designed and built a shotgun, rifle, and archery
range at Camp Merz so scouts could learn gun safety and the art of shooting at summer camps. He was an active member of the NRA and acquired numerous titles within the organization. Tom formerly served
as chairman of Friends of the NRA for 20 years, Training Counselor and Master Training Counselor, and Technical Support Team Trainer throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York States. He was always civic minded and volunteered numerous hours in the Ripley community. Tom served on the Ripley Tax Board of Review, past president of the Ripley Rod & Gun Club, chairman of the Republican Party, and was involved with the Ripley Food Pantry. He was a member of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Tom enjoyed carpentry, teaching, and volunteering. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Patricia Wolverton, Margerite Sly, and Dorothy Wolf; and brothers, Earl “Buddy” Kelly Jr., John Kelly, and James Kelly.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth “Candy” (Thornton) Kelly; sons, Christopher Earl Kelly (Juanita) of North East and Shawn Patrick Kelly (Kellie) of North Carolina; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Kelly (Walter) of Lakeview, N.Y.; brothers, William Kelly of Avon, N.Y. and Edwin Kelly (Shelia) of Hamburg, N.Y.; and several grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorials Mass at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 15 Union Street, West- field, New York, on Saturday, March 14th at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Ripley Community Council Food Pantry, 12 North State Street, Ripley, NY, 14775. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East.

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Dakota Guest
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
My deepest condolences, while I hadn't seen Mr. Kelly in many years I will always value all of the things he taught me in boy scouts. I regret not being able to attend the services but as I no longer reside in the area I won't be able to travel back there at this time.

Cindy Valentino
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Aunt Candy and the entire Kelly family for the loss of someone so irreplaceable.

I will always remember Uncle Tom fondly and will miss him dearly.

Cindy and John Valentino

John Valentino
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Cindy and John Valentino.

Dear Aunt Candy and the Entire Kelly Family, Our deepest condolences for the loss of someone so irreplaceable. We will remember Uncle Tom fondly and will miss him dearly! Sincerely, Cindy and John Valentino


Chuck Dole
   Posted Sun March 15, 2020
To the family and friends of Tom Kelly, on behalf of over 75 coaches and over 700 school age trap shooters we send our heartfelt condolences to you all on the passing of our founder Tom. It was his vision and perseverance, he enabled literally thousands of young people to learn and participate in the game of trap shooting. His dream now known as the Southern Tier Scholastic Youth Trap League encompasses 28 teams spanning four counties with one county in Pennsylvania. He will be sadly missed by all he came in contact with, and benefitted from his passion and knowledge.

Timothy Johnson
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
I know I speak for all Chautauqua County sportsmen in saying that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tom. Aside from his work with the NRA, Tom was the founder of the Southern Tier High School Trap Shooting League. That was over 20 years ago, and by now there are hundreds, perhaps a few thousand, high school young adults who have been able to participate in trap shooting through several high schools in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. What an achievement, maybe the first of its kind in the entire country! Tom worked selflessly and tirelessly on this project, and everyone involved is thankful for his work. May God bless Tom's family and may God comfort you in your sorrow.

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