Penfield, NY: June 21, 2022. Tom was the second of seven born to Susanna and Martin D Kelly of Pittsford. Tom is predeceased by his siblings Ellen Kelly, Patrick Kelly and John Kelly. He is survived by siblings Michael Kelly (Belinda), Joanne Conlon (Michael) and Sharon Kelly as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Tom spent his entire life in the Greater Rochester area working for his father with Kelly Homes and in sales with a variety of businesses throughout the area. He was a standout football and lacrosse player at Irondequoit High School in the late 60’s and went on to earn several honors playing lacrosse for the Aggies at Farmingdale State University on Long Island. Tom transferred on scholarship to the University of Maryland where he participated in the very first NCAA National Championship Lacrosse Game in 1971. Tom continued to be a diehard supporter of Maryland Lacrosse ever since.Tom was a 2016 Inductee into the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame. In addition to being a strong supporter of Maryland Lacrosse he was also an avid Bills fan loved and cherished his Irish heritage.
A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held on August 12, 2022, from 4-6pm at the St Paul Fireman’s Exempt Club, 690 Thomas Ave in Irondequoit 14697. Tom’s “kids” were the Boxer dogs he owned and loved over the years. Please consider making a donation in Tom’s name to The Second Hand Dog Rescue (or similar), 1041 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14609.
My sincere condolences go out to the entire Kelly family with the loss of Tom. I met him in the 70’s when he was working @ Taylor Chevrolet. He was a “hoot” & always so full of life & loved having a good time with family & friends. His smile & laugh were contagious & unforgettable. God Bless him always.
Tom was 1 year ahead of me in High School at Irondequoit ( we were the Indians then ).
He always had a great sense of humor and treated everyone equally-
Always had a smile on his face….
It goes without saying that I will miss his boisterous greetings whenever and wherever I saw Tom. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him and loved him. Rest easy Kell and save a spot at the bar for me…
RIP Tom you were a great teammate and friend
Tom was a great lacrosse player for Irondequoit, and a great guy. He was a couple of years ahead of me, but I became friends with him and even visited him at Maryland. I last saw him at a Kentucky Derby party at Titus Tavern this last May, and I am shocked to hear that he passed. He will be missed!
My sweet brother Tom. I am not sure how to live life without you. But you will show me. All I see is your face and smile. All I hear is your voice and laughter. All I feel is how much you love me. All I know is how much I love you and the void will never be gone. Be at peace, and forever my angel. Along with the rest of our family, eternal rest, until we meet again.☘️💔☘️💔
“May the road rise to meet you…Love you Tom
Tom is on a short list of my most favorite people. Tom had a great sense of humor and a huge heart. He filled any room he was in with his amazing personality. He touched the people that he knew and lived a full life. Love you Tom! And all of you Kelly’s!!
My heart goes out once again to Micheal , Joanne , Mike and Sharon. Tommy was a great guy . We can only pray that he is at peace with Marty , Suzie , Ellen , Patrick and John and of course Uncle Jack 🙏 until we meet again ☘
Love , Leo
To the Family of Tom Kelly, He was such a Good Guy! I worked with him at the City of Rochester Cemeteries until he retire. He was liked by all that encountered him. People still ask about him to this Day. May you Rest In Peace Tom! My Prayers go out to the Family may God grant you Peace!
Our Prayers are with the Kelly Family once more.
Life is justo short for all the Good people that we know.
Rock On Tom with your brother John, Ellen and Patrick !
I met Tom through my brother, Bob, who played football and Lacrosse with him at IHS. They also went to college and played lacrosse together at Farmingdale. Tom was like a brother, and was always a familiar face to me growing up. Our door was always open and my brothers teammates were always welcome in my parents home. I remember regular spaghetti dinners, and steak dinners my Dad would host before big games. I continued to remain friends with Tom long after those high school days. My husband is a partner at the Titus Tavern, and Tom would stop by on occasion with his buddy, Lance, or by himself. Tom donated a framed photo of himself, my brother, Bob, Lance and Coach Lisi that hangs in the Tavern. I saw him last on Derby Day at the Tavern. He was in good spirits, always smiling. We had some good conversations. I’ll never forget him. RIP Tom. You were a good man.
I keep looking up to the sky expecting to see your smile and those sweet Irish eyes. Till we meet again Tommy…always in my heart.