John “Jack” R. Kelley of Lowell, MA

1932 - 2023

US Veteran U.S. Army


September 5, 2023
11:30 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 374 Stevens St., Lowell


September 5, 2023
12 Noon
St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 374 Stevens St., Lowell

John “Jack” Raymond Kelley, 91, a lifelong resident of Lowell, MA, died Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at Lowell General Hospital with his family by his side.

Born in Boston, MA he was the son of the late Raymond J. and Lauretta (Buckley) Kelley.

He graduated from Keith Academy, Lowell, MA.

Jack proudly served in the United States Army during the Korea War, where he was wounded in the Battle of Porkchop Hill. Jack was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.

When Jack returned from Korea, and attended Merrimack College in Merrimack, MA; where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

He retired from Hyperia Catalyst Inc. in Cambridge, MA. Jack previously worked at the Borden Chemical Company.

Jack was an active communicant at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Lowell, MA, where he was an usher. He was also a member of the Disabled Americans Veterans (DAV) and The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

In his spare time, you could find Jack cooking and gardening. He always had a new joke or magic trick to share.

Jack was married to the late Mary (Kelleher) Kelley Iverson.

Jack is survived by his best friend, Sylvia Carbonneau of Lowell, MA, two sons, William Kelley of Salem, MA, and Francis Kelley and his wife Lynn of Saco, ME, his daughter, Ellen and her husband Dennis Tavis of Burlington, MA. A brother, Reverend William H. Kelley CSC of Easton, MA and a sister, Sister Raymond Loretta SND of Ipswich, MA.

Jack is also survived by Sylvia’s children, Gregory Shirazi of North Carolina and Leo Carbonneau of Lowell, MA, Veda and her husband Charles Earshan of NJ, Crystal Carbonneau of Las Vegas, NV and Charline Vigna of Tyngsboro, MA, four grandchildren, Sylvia six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Claire Kelley.


KELLEY, John “Jack” Raymond Kelley, 91, a lifelong resident of Lowell, MA, died Aug. 29, 2023. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023 from 11:30AM to 12 Noon at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Lowell, MA. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 Noon.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of your choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at


1 Condolences for John “Jack” R. Kelley of Lowell, MA

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    Lyle Wheeler


    I will miss our pre-Mass Lowell history chats!
    You asked me about the black diamond marks on a tape measure during our last conversation on the 26th. I found out they are to mark the location of joists, every 19.2″. No Jack, I’m not sure why it’s 19.2 instead of 19, but now you can just ask Jesus, He knows! I’ll make sure the flag stays untangled, and know the correct answer, if someone asks me where the flagpole came from. Thanks for your service and rest well! Godspeed Jack!

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