HERKIMER/NEW HARTFORD — Nicholas J. “Nick” Kelly, of the Claxton Manor in Herkimer and formerly of Sherrill Lane in New Hartford, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 28, 2013.
On June 20, 1953, Nick married his high school sweetheart, Jean Long, in St. Mary’s Church, Little Falls, NY. Jean died in 2004 after a loving union of 51 years.
Nick is survived by his four children and 10 grandchildren: daughter, Jane Kelly Guzewich and her husband, Dan, of Herkimer, NY, and their three daughters, Emily and Jean, of Silver Spring, MD, and Spc. Jessica Guzewich, of Fort Sill, OK; son, Nick and his wife, Tonda, of Edmond, OK, and their three daughters, Lacy, Deidra and Julia; son, Bill and his wife, Sara, of Glastonbury, CT, and their two sons, William and Matthias, and daughter, Margaret; and son, David and his wife, Rachel, of Silver Spring, MD, and their daughter, Emma Jean.
Nick is also survived by two brothers, Charles (Ann), of Norwalk, CT, and Jack, of Wofford Heights, CA; a sister, Ellen (William) Armstrong, of Cooperstown; and cousins, Ann Vandelinder, of New Hartford, Jim (Margaret) Vandelinder, of Old Forge, and Claire (BJ) Adamski, of Vernon. He was predeceased by sister, Terese, in 2011.
Nick served proudly in the United States Navy in the Korean War. He served aboard the battleship USS Los Angeles and later on the destroyer the USS Epperson. It was aboard the USS Epperson that Nick served in Operation Castle Bravo and witnessed the first dry hydrogen bomb ever detonated.
Nick graduated from Utica College in 1958 and received his master’s degree in education from SUNY at Oneonta in 1962. Nick was an elementary school teacher for 34 years, retiring in 1992 after 32 years of teaching in Clinton Central Schools.
Nick was a member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans, the Clinton Teachers Association, the New York State United Teachers Association, and the Oneida-Herkimer County Retired Teachers Association. He was serving as president of the Claxton Manor Residents’ Council.
Nick was born on November 24, 1930, in Little Falls, NY, the son of the late Charles and Marie Feeney Kelly.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Military Honors will be offered at the conclusion of the Funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Herkimer. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday (today) from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., in New Hartford.
For online expressions of sympathy, please go to www.dfwefh.com.