Albert Dunstan Kelly Jr.

October 26, 1932 ~ July 2, 2018 (age 85)

Albert Dunstan Kelly Jr., 85, Waterbury

Albert “Al” Dunstan Kelly Jr., 85 of Waterbury, VT passed away after a brief illness on July 2, 2018 surrounded by family at the home of his daughter, Burta Kelly.  Al was born October 26, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Albert and Eula (Hinton) Kelly.  The Kelly family resided in Foxboro, Massachusetts where Al graduated from Foxboro High School. He studied at Brown University followed by studies at the New England Conservatory for trumpet. Drafted into the Army during the Korean War, Al was deployed as a trumpet player to the 9th Army Band in Fairbanks, Alaska. With assistance from the GI Bill, he majored in Philosophy and minored in Mathematics at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1960.  He was hired as an instructor by his alma mater in Philosophy the year following his graduation.  Al Kelly married Maureen Rolfe on October 11, 1958 and together they raised nine children.  Al returned to Foxboro to teach math at his former high school when, in 1964, he was hired by Waterbury High School and moved to Brookside Farm on Lincoln Street. He transferred to the new Harwood Union High School when it opened two years later in 1966. At first teaching math, Al subsequently taught Driver’s Education until his retirement in 1994. In addition to his high school teaching, Al was an inaugural instructor and facilitator for the State of Vermont Project CRASH program in 1973.  He is quoted in a 2013 Burlington Free Press article recognizing his legacy, as estimating that he taught more than 10,000 CRASH participants. Al was one of the early members of the Vermont Teacher’s Credit Union and served on the slate of officers. Although retired from teaching at Harwood, from the US Post Office as mail carrier, and finally as a bus driver, he just completed his 45th year as an instructor with CRASH. Al loved to teach and enjoyed assisting others, including tutoring neighbors and volunteering with the North Central Vermont Recovery Center. Al was an accomplished musician performing in choirs and bands throughout his life.  His baritone voice was appreciated in the choir at St. Andrew’s Church, as a key player in faculty theatrical performances at Harwood, in community productions, as well as beloved in family sing-a-longs. Descended from the original Irish settlers of Kelly’s Cross on Prince Edward Island, Canada, Al’s second great-grandfather, Edward Kelly was one of three brothers, including Arthur and John, who are recorded as arriving in 1840 with their mother, Mary.  Preceded in death by his parents, three sisters: Winnifred Fournier, Virginia Steele, and Alberta Ienello, and granddaughter Gabrielle Callan, Al is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Maureen Rolfe Kelly; 1 son: Albert Dunstan Kelly III; 8 daughters: Donna Snellings, Colleen Kelly, Vonda Smith, Evleen Kelly, Gena Callan, Polleen Larkin, Burta Kelly, and Tyleen Kelly; 21 grandchildren: Awa Aida and Ibrahim Jobe; Breard and Satchie Snellings; Brendan, Isaiah, Grace, Joseph, Amaris, Reuben, Tobias, Miriam, Laural, and Gianna Callan; Simon and James Kiehl; Andrew and Timothy Rowekamp; and Xann, Zyleen and Yarr Tyler; and innumerable cousins, nieces, and nephews. His family, former students, and friends will mourn his sudden passing and miss his wisdom, songs and smiles. A Memorial Mass in celebration of Al’s life with a reception to follow will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, 109 S Main St, Waterbury, 11:00 am on July 21, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to the North Central Vermont Recovery Center, 275 Brooklyn Street, Morrisville, VT 05661.



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