2016-10-27 / Obituaries

John A. Kelly

June 20, 1952–Oct. 24, 2016

John A. (Jack) Kelly, 64, of Newport and Portsmouth, passed away on Oct. 24, 2016 after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence. Jack was born in Newport on June 20, 1952.

He is predeceased by his parents, John and Theresa Kelly, and his niece Brigid Kelly. He is survived by his brother Tim and his wife Margaret of Newport, his sister Ann and her husband Kevin Kirwin of Andover, Massachusetts, and his brother Chris of Newport. He is also survived by his nieces, Elise Kelly, Dana Kirwin and his nephew Logan Kirwin.

Jack was a Vietnam Era Veteran who served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He had a passion for nature and environmental issues. He was the nature columnist for Newport This Week. He enjoyed photographing and writing about migratory birds and the island’s wildlife. He was affectionately known by his readers as the Birdman. His most recent notable articles involved “Cliff the Coyote.”

He volunteered for Save the Bay, the Audubon Society, and served on the board of directors for the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. He also photographed and wrote many articles regarding the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study directed by Dr. Numi Mitchell.

Calling hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue, Newport.

Following the funeral service, he will be buried with full military honors at the Rhode Island Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to youcaring.com/ Jack-Kelly in order to offset funeral and final expenses. For more information, visit oneillhayes.com.

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