James Patrick “Jim” Kelly, 69, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away quietly Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at home, after a seven-year battle with esophageal cancer.
He was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Akron, Ohio, the youngest of six children.
Jim graduated from Springfield High School in 1963. He was an area manager for Goodyear Airsprings in Greensburg, Ohio, retiring to Port Charlotte after 30 years of service in 1995. Jim was owner of Kelly Window Tinting in Port Charlotte, until his illness in 2007. His fighting spirit and courage throughout his illness inspired everyone. He never lost his sense of humor or his zest for life.
An avid traveler, Jim and his wife enjoyed cruising, and also vacationed in Italy, Canada, Mexico and most of the U.S. Taking his grandsons out west to the Grand Canyon was one of his treasured memories. He enjoyed fishing of any kind, especially bill fishing in Hawaii and Mexico. Jim was an excellent trap shooter, slalom water-skier, and learned to snow ski after he became ill. Always a good neighbor and friend, he had many cherished friends in both Ohio and Florida, and around the country.
He was a loving husband to his wife, Rhonda; and devoted father to his children, Mark (Emily) Kelly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Amanda (Trey) Rustmann of Tampa, Fla., and Tracy Graybeal of Port Charlotte. He was “Poppa” to his beloved grandchildren, Amy and Grayson Kelly, Bryce and Jacob Graybeal, and Titus Rustmann; and great-grandson, Gavin, who were the light of his life. He also leaves brothers, William (Judy) Kelly and Dan (Sherry) Kelly of Venice, Fla.; sister, Barbara (David) Fair of Munroe Falls, Ohio; special son-in-law, Dan Graybeal of Port Charlotte; and best friend, John Springer of Uniontown, Ohio. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William and Isabel Kelly; and sister, Nancy Carter.
A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Edgewater Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 17520 Lake Worth Blvd., Port Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tidewell Hospice of Port Charlotte, or the American Cancer Society of Port Charlotte. James Patrick Kelly may be kindly remembered at www.icscremationandfunerals.com.
Jim was especially thankful for the love and support his family received throughout the years from many dear friends at the Edgewater Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Port Charlotte.