Jan. 19, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 9
Popular Security Guard 'Jimmy' Kelly Dies at 84
James P. "Jimmy" Kelly, a genial and popular parking security guard at Boston College from 1986 through 1998, died on Jan. 6. He was 84.
From his station at the entrance to the Beacon Street garage, the effervescent Mr. Kelly for 12 years welcomed arriving employees, students and campus visitors with hearty greetings and a helpful attitude.
Before joining the Boston College parking staff, Mr. Kelly had previously worked as a recreation supervisor in his hometown of Brookline and served for 18 years as a court officer for the chief justice of the Norfolk County Probate Court. He was a Marine veteran of World War II and frequently wore a bright red a "US Marines" ball cap to complement his Boston College security uniform.
He retired from Boston College in 1998 at age 77.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathleen Rose (Leonard) Kelly; a son, Jim of Edgewater, Md., and daughter, Christine of Virginia Beach, Va.; and six grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 10 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Westwood, the town where Mr. Kelly and his wife had resided since 1962. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury.
Donations in Mr. Kelly's memory may be made to St. Margaret Mary Parish Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 386, Westwood, Mass. 02090.
-Reid Oslin •