Robert J. Kelly, Sr., age 96

of Quincy

Robert J. Kelly, Sr., age 96

Robert J. Kelly, Sr., age 96, of Quincy, died suddenly, Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born in Jamaica Plain, son of the late Thomas and Winifred (Gannon) Kelly. He graduated from Boston English High School before proudly serving his country during World War II in the United States Navy. Upon completion of his service, Bob was an officer with the Boston Police Department prior to joining the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Upon graduation from the New England School of Law, Bob transferred to the legal department at the Registry and rose to the position of Chief Counsel. Upon retirement from the Registry, Bob embarked on a second career in private practice. He spent over twenty years working in the Probate & Family court. He greatly enjoyed going into town and spending time with all the attorneys and judges he had known throughout his career.

Bob met Rose, the love of his life, at a New Years Eve party. They were wed in 1954 and settled in Roslindale where they raised sons, Robert and Mark, and daughter, Charlene. Bob and Rose resided in Roslindale for many years surrounded by wonderful neighbors and friends before moving to Quincy where they remained for the duration of their lives. Bob and Rose purchased a home on Martha’s Vineyard in 1967 where they spent every summer and many holidays with their family. Bob loved to play golf and was a longtime member of Farm Neck Golf Club. He cherished his time on the Vineyard with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Bob was the beloved husband for sixty-nine years of the late Rose (Hynes) Kelly.

Bob was the devoted father of Robert J. Kelly, Jr. (Kelly) of Brockton, Mark S. Kelly of Florida, and Charlene Kelly of Quincy.

Bob was the loving grandfather of Shannon, Colleen, and Connor Kelly.

Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Kelly, Arthur Kelly, and Francis Kelly, and sisters, Winifred Von Kahle and Helen Curran.

Bob was the cherished brother-in-law of Eleanor Bennett of Quincy.

Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, February 23, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Immediately following the visitation, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

The Kelly family kindly requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 93 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.


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  • Charlene, Bob, Kelly, Mark and family ,

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. He was a great man and loved his family. I was grateful when he and Rose helped us out when they watched Lauren a few times when she was a toddler. Of course great Vineyard memories, too. He will be missed. Now he will join his love, Rose.

  • To the Kelly family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Bob from his work in the Boston Juvenile Court. He was a lovely man, a real gentleman. He was a great attorney, and always greeted me with a smile. I’m so happy I had the chance to work with him.


    Dianne Taylor Hatch

  • There are certain individuals, who once you meet them, they will remain in your memory forever, Atty Robert Kelly was one of them.
    His kindness and generosity to those less fortunate was well known among his colleagues at Boston Juvenile Court. He was an excellent litigator and because of his representation hundreds of children were placed in safe and secure homes. Atty. Kelly and his beloved wife Rose supported every charity event to benefit the children; from Dinner at the Convent to Dancing with the Court Stars they gave generously of themselves to make the event successful. His love for his wife and children was evident each time he proudly spoke of their achievements I believe that I speak for all the judges who were fortunate enough to have had Atty. Kelly appear before them that he will be greatly missed. I know that we are all better people for having walked this earth with Bob Kelly . Rest in peace Bob for you surely lived a good life and kept the faith. My deepest sympathy to the Kelly family as you mourn the loss of such a great father and grandfather.

    First Justice (ret) Terry Craven
    Boston Juvenile Court

  • I worked with Bob in the Juvenile Court as a lawyer and a judge. But more importantly, Bob was a friend of my Dad’s from their Registry of Motor Vehicle days. Bob and Rose were the greatest couple and the were so kind to host our family at the Vineyard. Bob was such a gentleman and a wonderful lawyer. He will be sorely missed.

  • Mark… we are so sorry for your loss… Your Mom and Dad are smiling now and that’s a good thing.


    Scott & Sara

  • Charlene, Mark & family,
    A sad loss so soon after your Mother. Your Dad was a good man and I learned even more nice things about him from the obituary. Having experienced your parent’s hospitality and knowing their importance in your lives, this must be a difficult time. My sincere sympathy, Ann