2017-10-19 / Obituaries

In Memoriam

John A. Kelly June 20, 1952 – Oct. 24, 2016

John A. (Jack) Kelly, 64, of Newport and Portsmouth, passed away on Oct. 24, 2016. He was the son of John and Theresa Kelly.

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. 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.

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