William “Bill” J. Kelly, 76, of Lake Suzy, Florida, formerly of Port Charlotte, passed away suddenly on January 1, 2012 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte.
He was born September 23, 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island to George and Helen(Lee) Kelly and moved to Florida from East Greenwich, RI in 1996. Bill received a History degree from the University of Rhode Island and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked as a trade electrician for Electric Boat of Groton, CT. Bill was a lifelong lover of golf and was a active member of the Kingsway Country Club of Lake Suzy.
He is survived by his wife of 2 years, Karen Kelly of Lake Suzy; and 7 children from previous marriages, 3 daughters, Mary Ellen Fischer of RI, Kathleen Hooper Kinsey of CA and Elizabeth Hooper Mosher of AK; 4 sons, William J. Kelly, Jr. of CT, Paul M. Kelly of RI, Peter M. Kelly of RI and Brian Hooper of VA; a brother, Richard Kelly of Port Charlotte; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, George Kelly.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 AM to 12:30 Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday 1:00 PM, Jan. 5, 2012 at San Antonio Catholic Church, Port Charlotte. Entombment and military honors by the U.S. Navy will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Port Charlotte.
Memorial contributions may be to Kingsway Country Club Jr. Golf, c/o Jimmy Karr, 13625 SW Kingsway Circle, Lake Suzy, FL 34269. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.