Robert Kelly, Retired Watertown Police Chief, Passes Away at Age 76

Kelly joined the Watertown Police in 1960 and became chief in 1984. He had been living in East Falmouth.

Retired Watertown Police Chief Robert "Bob" Kelly, 76 passed away on April 5, 2012 after a brief illness. He lived with his wife, Carole (Patricelli) Kelly in East Falmouth.

Kelly joined the Watertown Police Department in 1960 and became chief of police in 1984, according to an obituary on Boston.com.

Kelly was born in Allston, and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He attended Newman Prepatory in Boston, Northwestern Traffic Institute in Evanston, Ill., FBI National Academy, and Northeastern University, according to Boston.com.

Kelly was an avid runner and skier, and the Falmouth Road Race for 35 years, according to Boston.com.

He is survived by his wife Carole; his sister, Mary (Kelly) Aoki of Spanaway, Wash.; his children, James of Chicago, Robert of Watertown, Joan of Watertown and Jean of Arlington. Kelly was the son of son of James M. and Mary C. (Hanley) Kelly. 

Visiting hours will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 9 at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Falmouth Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth. Burial will follow in the VA National Cemetery in Bourne.

Donations in his name may be made to Cod Healthcare Foundation for Falmouth Hospital Hematology & Oncology, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.


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