Walter J. Kelley, of Ashlar Village, Wallingford, CT, formerly of Surfside Beach, SC, passed away May 11, 2013 at the Hospice at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, CT. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 23, 1928, son of the late Henry and Emma Kelley. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Sally (Reinig) Kelley. He is survived by his brother, Henry, of Hobe Sound FL, and two children, Susan Kelley (Robert Shields, Jr), of Woodbridge, CT and Peter Kelley (Arlene Terrill) of Wading River, NY. Walter is the devoted grandfather of Rachel and Christopher Shields and Jeffrey Kelley. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Bill Reinig, of Annapolis MD, and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. After serving in the US Military in the Korean War, he received his BS in Pharmacy from St. John's University in Queens, NY, and enjoyed a long career as a pharmacist and as a middle school and high school teacher and administrator on Long Island and in Brewster, NY. Walter and Sally travelled extensively through the US and Europe, and also visited Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He was an avid user of computer technology and enjoyed reading US and European History. Services will be private. The family is grateful for the care and support Walter received from friends at Ashlar Village and the staff at Masonicare Health Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Masonicare Health Care Center,22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. .Permission to leave the ship? … Granted!. I will never forget this SUPER man. His knowledge was endless. Rest in peace, my sweet friend…may there be millions of tootsie rolls surrounding you.

  2. Both Myself and my wife worked with .Uncle Walt. and remember what a funny and sincere man he was. He always had the biggest personality in the room and could always make you smile. Rest in peace my friend

  3. Walt taught me many things during the time I worked in his documentation group at Schering-Plough. One of the most valuable was to ask a good question and then listen for the answer. He was kind and fair-minded. His was always the first Christmas card. My heart sank when I saw this obituary page. Heartfelt condolences to his family. I’ll remember him always.

  4. We all loved .Super. down here in South Carolina! He would always ask me if I had .made the biscuits. that day.Much love to all the family as he will be missed! Ralph and Sarah Justice, Pawleys Island, SC, May 14, 2013

  5. What an intelligent and amazing man! I have been blessed to have been such a small part of his life. All of the advice and life lessons that he has shared. To have experienced 1/10th of what Walt has experienced would be an exceptional blessing. God bless! With much love and respect to his family and friends. Katina Richmond, Myrtle Beach, SC 5/19/13.

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