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ALLAGASH - Guy E. Kelly Jr. (Mandolin Kelly), Allagash, 83, died Feb, 17, 2015, born in Allagash March 21, 1931, son of the late John and Fern (McBreairty) Kelly.

Dad was a very skilled and talented self-taught individual. After attending Allagash schools he began a life of many endeavors which included, tending horses at Ouellette farm for his uncle, then went on to work the log drive for the Irving lumber company. One of the few men that would run a boat in the big rapids on the St. John River. He and his father contracted work on the new build at Loring Air Force base in Limestone Me. He helped build the new bridges on the St. John and Little black rivers in the 50's. Continued to work for Norman Jackson Co. on the fish hatchery in Enfield, Me. Returned to Allagash to build sawmills, sawed lumber for Old Town Canoe CO. and built his home. Later years became a logging contractor which included operating many types of equipment until an accident forced early retirement.

Dad was known for many talents, skills and hobbies. Loved his annual trip to Hafey Lake and time spent at Big Fall Brook Lake with his father, John Kelly. Loved to play his mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and whatever instrument was handed to him. His favorite was sharing funny stories passed down generations about life in Allagash while enjoying food, campfire, and music with family and friends. Enjoyed wood carving (deer), building bob sleds for family, or a speed boat for high cold spring waters on the Saint John River. Enjoyed tying the secret flies (Kelly Bug) for family members to use fishing at Big Fall Brook Lake. Other interests were trapping, ice fishing, hosting hunters at his cabin on the Little Black River and attending music festivals. Endured the flood of 1991, rescued by game wardens and helped rescue sister, Cora and wife, Patricia Kelly.

Predeceased by sisters, Cora Sullivan and Jewel Leighton.

Survived by wife, Patricia Kelly and family, Daphne and Dale O' Leary of Mars Hill; Tracy, Brianne, Holly and Zachary O' Leary of Bridge Water; Trevor, Caryl, Jonathan and Jenna O' Leary of St. Francis; Jessica and Rebecca O' Leary of Mars Hill; Sherwin, Tina, and Sheratin Kelly of Mars Hill; Danielle, Josh, Reagan and Myles McNeal of Montana; Silas Kelly and Lindsay Kelly of Portland; Caleb Kelly and Martha Grant of Nova Scotia; Angela Kelly, Scott Ash, Sarah and AJ Ash of Rangeley; Bonita and Hilton Hafford of Allagash; Dustin Hafford of Allagash; Billy Hafford and Cassie Ouellette of St. Francis; Casey Hafford and Jennifer Mowrey of Allagash; Marty, Renee and Dylan Kelly of Hermon. Survived by siblings Jacqueline Leslie; Tylor and wife, Leitha Kelly, Faye Horraocks, Susan Snay, Jill and husband, Joe Carlson; many nieces and nephews.


Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Published on  February 20, 2015
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