James Francis Joseph Kelly, age 75, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 1, 2019 at the Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in Philadelphia to John and Dorothy Kelly on March 25, 1944.
Formally of Philadelphia, he resided at Harveys Lake for many years of his life. James worked as an electrician for 45 years with IBEW Local Union #98. He also ran his own business, American Electrical, for many years.
James was an avid Eagles, Flyers and Phillies fan. You could always find him watching the games and cheering on his favorite teams. He was also an avid hunter. James was a member of the National Rifle Association for many years.
He had a lust for life and was always going on new adventures. James loved spending time with his family and friends. He also loved helping people. James was a very caring man who always made sure that his loved ones were well taken care of. He always had a smile on his face and brightened up every room that he walked into. James was well known for his dry sense of humor and was always a major prankster.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents and his brother, Tommy.
James is survived by daughter, Lizann of Pittston; 6 stepchildren; brother, Jack and his wife Pat of Virginia; sisters, Patricia and Dorothy of Philadelphia; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with Rev. L.D. Reed,
Visitation will be from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Funeral luncheon will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please keep the needs of the family in mind to offset final expenses.
James's family would like to give a special thank you to the Timber Ridge and Celtic Hospice staff for taking such amazing care of James and making sure that he had everything he needed and that he was always comfortable.