Obituary: Richard W. Kelley
Published in The Boston Globe from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014
KELLEY, Richard W. Died February 13, 2014 at Massachusetts General Hospital as a result of complications from ALS.
Richard or D.K. as he was commonly referred to at Boston College. Loving son of Ann (Daley) and Edward Kelley of Andover. Devoted brother of Edward “Ted” and his wife Carrie of Foxboro and Patrick Michael Kelley of Andover. Cherished uncle of Michael “Micky” and Emma Kelley of Andover, Ryan and Meghan Kelley of Foxboro. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousin and his Boston College family.
Richard attended the Andover Public school system and was a very involved in both academic and athletic activities graduating from Andover High in 1983. He received his bachelor degree in political science in 1987 and remained at Boston College serving as the sports information graduate assistant for two years, while earning his masters degree. In July 1989, Kelley entered the sports information field on a full time basis accepting a position as assistant sports information director at Boston University. The following year in Sept. 1991 Richard returned to his alma mater as the assistant sports information and in December of that year was promoted to assistant athletic director for media relations. He also taught news writing courses in the Communications Department. Kelleys duties at Boston College included serving as the primary contact for mens basketball, serving as the secondary contact for ice hockey and mens soccer; writing and editing numerous media guides, supervising interns and work-study students, serving as office liaison with the Varsity Club Hall of Fame and assisting in all aspect of office operations. During his tenure at Boston College, Kelley has been involved with numerous NCAA championships. He served as the media liaison for the mens basketball team during their trips to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Richard served as assistant media coordinator for the 1999 East Region First and Second Rounds that Boston College hosted at TD Garden. Richard was a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. He received the 2012 Boston College Varsity Club Medal of Excellence and Sportsmanship and 2013 US Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Award.
Funeral from the Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home 63 Chestnut Hill Ave (nr. Brighton Courthouse), BRIGHTON, Tuesday at 9 am. Funeral Mass in St. Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, at 10 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting Hours in the funeral home Monday 4-8 pm. Interment West Parish Garden Cemetery Andover. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Dick may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, W. Falmouth, MA 02574 or online at www.dev.ccals.org. Funeral Home Handicapped Accessible. For directions and guest book please visit www.lehmanreen.com Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home Brighton 617 782 1000