James O. Kelly

james kelly

August 11, 1947 ~ April 23, 2023

Born in: New Haven, Connecticut
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

James Oliver Kelly gained his wings on April 23, 2023, surrounded by his family. Although he was a private man, he lived a life of wonder and excitement. He started out as a chemist working for a pharmaceutical company and quickly built his career from there. He went from lab work to regulatory affairs. Even though he loved his job his true passion was his family. If you ever had the pleasure of having a conversation with him, he would mention his two amazing children (Michael and Elisabeth), his smart beautiful wife (Jacqueline), and his sassy granddaughter (Makensie). He was always ready for the next adventure and loved spending time with those he loved. Now he has gone on his next great adventure and though he must start his journey without us he will be in good company. His body stopped but his soul will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.
Friends may visit with James’s family on Saturday April 29, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Donations in James’s memory may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or given online at www.stjude.org.

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    • Prayers for you and deepest condolences to your family. Thanks for the friendship and the laughs…hope Barb and your mom had the biggest plate of potato pancakes waiting for you! God bless you always.

  1. Jacquie, may the God of all Comfort and Peace strengthen you and your family today, and in days to come. He was a manager/mentor to me above the rest at Bayer. A person one would follow anywhere to work for. I recall when I had my kidney surgery and was out of work for 3 months, he came to my house to visit me while I was recovering. A compassionate and caring human being with a great sense of humor. The biggest John Wayne fan I knew.

  2. Jackie and the Kelly family,

    My deepest sympathies. Many fond memories of Jim and you. Had more than a few adventures with Jim both at work and on our days off. Was always a pleasure. I am sure your family and friends will rally around you to make sure you are ok. Jim will be looking down and be very proud of all of you.
    God bless you and your family.

  3. Unfortunately, today I just found out of your passing, but you can best Believe I gave you that discount as I promised you many years ago that I’d do because of that HILL of yours lol. Although it was an honor to meet the Mrs. I will miss those little nuggets you gave me while i was filling your oil tank. To the family please know that Mr. Kelly was a man among men, that did a Great job at being 1.

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