Cartwright Funeral Homes


KELLY, Frederick J. “Fred”, of West Warwick, RI, formerly of Holbrook, MA, passed away on August 10, 2021, at the age of 77. Beloved brother, father, Pa and friend, “Fred” was surrounded by his children and family during his last moments after suffering a massive heart attack.

Survived by his former wife, Donna (Friel) Kelly of Pembroke, mother of his children; Jodi Chase and her husband Randall of Plymouth; Jennifer Blaauw and her husband Pieter of Pembroke; and Jill Connolly and her husband Sean of Norwood. Also survived by former wife Nadine (Morris) Brodie of Randolph, mother of his children; Kayla Noga and her husband Jason of Randolph; Daniel Kelly and fiancé Casey Stamper of Randolph; and Travis Kelly and his wife Siobhan of Holbrook. Fred also leaves behind 10 grandchildren he loved and cherished very much: Tyler Kelly-Manning (currently serving in the US Air Force), Aaron, Abbey, Eric and Eva Chase, Seamus and Lillian Connolly, Alexandra McCusker, Zakkery Noga, and Britton Kelly.

Fred also leaves behind his sister, Donna of Fort Myers, FL, his brother, Rich and his wife Fran of Sierra Vista, AZ and his brother, Ron and his wife Judy of Marshfield, and many nieces and nephews. Fred is predeceased by his brother, Bill Kelly of Marshfield and sister, Pat Stappen of Plymouth.

Fred was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia to the late Mary Alice (Bates) and William T Kelly. His family emigrated to the United States from Canada in 1956 (when Fred was 12 years old), where they began their life in Dorchester. Fred became a United States citizen and after graduating from Brighton High School in 1963 enlisted in the United States Army and served under the American flag during the Vietnam war.

Fred wore many hats during his working career: he was a mechanic while serving in the Army in the 1960s, a machinist while working for Gillette in the 1970s, a union carpenter in Boston in the 1980s, 1990s was a self-employed/business owner of HGC/Real Estate signs for over 25 years, while also working part time in maintenance for the town of Holbrook in their Safety Department building 2007-2017. When Fred semi-retired he quickly realized he loved working and meeting new people, so he returned back to the workforce part time as a cab driver for Frank’s Checker Cab Company in Randolph, right up until the time he passed away. He will be missed forever by those who knew him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Visitation period on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Cartwright Funeral Home, 69 S. Franklin St. (Rt. 37), Holbrook. A Memorial Service will follow at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend the service and share some words of remembrance about Fred.

Should friends desire, memorial donations can be made to The Town of Holbrook Police and Fire Safety Department or The Town of Randolph First Responders Department.