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Andrew Kelley
(1922 - 2013)

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Name: Mr Andrew Kelley
Gender: Male
Age: 91 years old
Lived: Monday, 8 May 1922 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

My Story

Andrew Joseph Kelley (Andy) was born in Oakland, California on May 8, 1922, where he grew up with his brother Jack.  Andy spent most of his life in San Francisco, the past 44 years happily married to Frances.  Andy was someone that everybody enjoyed being around, a true gentleman. He was the patriarch of the family and had a great sense of self, a witty sense of humor, and a demeanor that beckoned you to sit down, relax, and have a “chat.”

Andy was an intellectual, living a life of constant learning. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and Saint Mary's College, graduating with a degree in Criminology.  Andy continued to study throughout his life, often attending classes at San Francisco City College and later tutoring his grandchildren throughout their education. 

Andy was a military man who proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII, as a Radio Operator on the B17 bomber.  Andy was known to share many great stories of his time in the military. Unfortunately, Andy lost his cherished brother Jack during this time. 

After returning from the Army, Andy enjoyed an engaging and extended career.  He spent most of his career working for the Federal Government , employed for 38 years with the Veteran's Hospital in San Francisco where he deployed one of the first computers. He retired as a Chief Administrator.

After a few years of retirement, Andy grew restless and returned to work. What Andy thought would be a short stint during the holidays turned into a 22-year career with Macy’s as a store manager and statistician.  

As a devout Catholic and dedicated parishioner, faith was always an important part of Andy’s life.  Holy Name of Jesus was his chosen parish, where he served as a Knight of Columbus and Lector for many years.  

Andy was a lover of reading, sports, challenging puzzles and games, gardening, fishing, radio, good Scotch, and red wine. Most notably, Andy was a loving and generous family man who always maintained an open heart and mind.

Andy passed away September 18, 2013 in the presence of his loving family. He will be a dearly missed husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend.

Andy is survived by his loving wife Frances, children Diane, Jack, Paul, and Gary, grandchildren Lisa, Terri, Eric, and Maria, great-grandchild Chloe, and siblings Eve and Paulette.


Service to be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 11:30 am, Holy Names of Jesus Parish, 1555 39th Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94122. 

Private gathering for intimate family and friends to follow directly after service. 

Kindly contact mvw1977@yahoo.com or call 415-505-9461 to RSVP for private gathering.

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Grandpa was a great man who treated everyone as family. I will never forget the great memory of meeting him for the f...
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Rest in peace Andy. I remember the nice walk we had one day a couple of years ago while waiting for Fran being beaut...
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Your positive energy and unconditional love with glow eternally within me. Love you grandpa.
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Dearest Grandpa. You are the most patient, loving, accepting, and social graceful person I ever had the honor of meet...

Biography

Spouse's Name: Frances Kelley
Children's Names: Gary & Paul Van Wambeke
Siblings Names: Jack Kelley
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Administration
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Catholic

Interests

Favourite Sport: Baseball
Favourite Team: San Francisco Giants

Passing

Place of Passing: Saint Mary's Hospital
Date of Passing: 18 September 2013
Type of Funeral: Service
Funeral Date: 5 October 2013
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