William Joseph Kelly, Jr.
October 14, 1950- January 10, 2014
William Joseph “Billy” Kelly, Jr. 63, of Lusby, MD, formerly of Freeport, NY, passed away at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD on January 10, 2014. He was born on October 14, 1950 in Jersey City, NJ to the late William J. Kelly, Sr. and Loraine Drunecky Kelly. Billy married his beloved wife Cynthia Kelly in Freeport, NY. He was employed as a Field Engineer with Xerox. He was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a debilitating disease that affects the vital organs of the body. When born Billy’s family was told that his life expectancy was twelve years. He struggled with continuous health issues, cancer, and a bilateral lung transplant. After his transplant he spent his “retirement” helping others full time. He lived every day like it was his last and educated others on Cystic Fibrosis and cancer relentlessly. Billy was a father like no other and in his down time he loved spending time with family and friends playing pool, music, and meeting new people. Even through all the tough times he experienced, he persevered with a smile and hope for the future. He fought to the end outliving all life expectancies. His last wish was to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and push for a cure.
Billy is survived by his wife Cynthia Kelly, his children, Lisa Marie Kelly and Kevin Kelly; siblings, Jack Kelly, Robert Kelly and Ann Marie Kelly Fisher and her husband Robert all of Long Island, NY; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends.
Friday, January 17, 2014