Chestnut Hill, MA — Richard Kelley, 48, died on February 13, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital as a result of complications from ALS. Richard, or "D.K." as he was commonly referred to at Boston College, was the loving son of Ann (Daley) and Edward Kelley of Andover. He was the devoted brother of Edward "Ted" and his wife, Carrie, of Foxboro, and Patrick Michael Kelley of Andover; cherished uncle of Michael "Micky" and Emma Kelley of Andover, and Ryan and Meghan Kelley of Foxboro. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his Boston College family. Richard attended the Andover Public School System, and was a very involved in both academic and athletic activities, graduating from Andover High in 1983. He received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1987, and remained at Boston College serving as the sports information graduate assistant for two years, while earning his master’s degree. In July 1989, Kelley entered the sports information field on a full-time basis, accepting a position as assistant sports information director at Boston University. The following year in September 1991, Richard returned to his alma mater as the assistant sports information, and in December of that year, was promoted to assistant athletic direction for media relations. He also taught news writing courses in the communications department. Kelley’s duties at Boston College included serving as the primary contact for men's basketball, serving as the secondary contact for ice hockey and men’s soccer; writing and editing numerous media guides, supervising interns and work-study students, serving as office liaison with the Varsity Club Hall of Fame, and assisting in all aspect of office operations. During his tenure at Boston College, Kelley has been involved with numerous NCAA championships. He served as the media liaison for the men’s basketball team during their trips to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Richard served as assistant media coordinator for the 1999 East Region First and Second Rounds that Boston College hosted at TD Garden. Richard was a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He received the 2012 Boston College Varsity Club Medal of Excellence and Sportsmanship, and the 2013 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Most Courageous Award.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be from the Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home, 63 Chestnut Hill Ave., near Brighton Courthouse, Brighton, on Tuesday, at 9 a.m. His funeral Mass will be held in St. Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the funeral home will be on Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in West Parish Garden Cemetery Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dick may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, W. Falmouth, MA 02574, or at www.ccals.org. The funeral home is handicapped accessible. For directions and his guest book, please visit www.lehmanreen.com.
Arrangements by Lehman Reen McNamara Funeral Home, Brighton, 617-782-1000.