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Richard S. "Dick" Kelley

Feb 18, 1933 - Feb 17, 2017

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South Windsor - Richard S. "Dick" Kelley, 83, of South Windsor, CT, beloved husband of Carol (Stebbins) Kelley, died peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on February 18, 1933, in Northeast Harbor, ME, son of the late Heslyn L. and Georgia (Hartley) Kelley. Dick was a graduate of Mt. Desert High School in Northeast Harbor, ME, and went on to graduate from the University of Southern Maine, later earned his Master's Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Doctor of Education Degree from Nova University. He served our country for two years with the U.S. Army. Dick started his teaching career as an Industrial Arts teacher in Maine, before teaching at South Windsor High School for 9 years, where he also taught Driver's Education and was a Guidance Counselor. He went on to become the Vice Principal of Avon Middle School for 11 years and simultaneously started RSK Contractors in 1975, which later became RSK-Kellco, Inc. Dick served as president of the Hartford County Home Builders Association where he received many prestigious awards including Builder of the Year and was Vice President and Life Director of the National Home Builders Association. He was inducted into the Rotary Club of South Windsor in 1970, served as District Governor in 1989-1990, received a Paul Harris Award and spent the last 47 years working to provide "Service Above Self" to those in our community. He served on many boards including the SW Republican Town Committee, was an ECHN Foundation Trustee, President of South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, a Deacon at Wapping Community Church and an organizer of the former Bank of South Windsor. Dick was an extremely generous man who enjoyed giving back to the community. Dick enjoyed spending time with his family and loved being at Lord's Point in Stonington. Along with his wife Carol of over 58 years, he leaves his children, Kathryn Pitruzzello and her husband Stephen of South Windsor, Scott Kelley and his wife Lisa of South Windsor and Bruce Kelley of Marlborough; his sister, Clara Everett, and her husband Ervin of Corinth, ME; his beloved grandchildren who were the lights of his life, Gillian, Jack, Blake and Carly, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Heslyn "Bobby" Kelley, Edward Kelley, Shirley Hatch and Polly Kelley. His family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 4-7 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A funeral Service will he held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 11 a.m., at Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd., South Windsor. Burial will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the South Windsor Community Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1341 South Windsor, CT 06074 and / or The South Windsor Rotary Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 491, South Windsor, CT 06074. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest book.
Published on  February 20, 2017
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