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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 11:41 am | Updated: 11:45 am, Fri Mar 2, 2018.

Robert “Bob” William Kelley, 82, of Homestead, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 25, 2018, succumbing to lung cancer after a short illness.  He was born October 20, 1935 to J. Spencer and Ethel Holt Kelley in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 

Bob is survived by his partner of twenty years, Dorothy Henderson, as well as Carol Scotton DeYeso, the mother of his six children; his two sons and four daughters and their spouses, Karen and James Ambrose, Robert and Stephany Kelley, Stephen and Anna Kelley, Susan Kelley Sica, Ann and Kevin Poulsen, and Carolyn and John Robinson. Bob is survived by and blessed with fifteen grandchildren, Michael Ambrose and his wife, Susie, Kelley Ambrose, Jack Ambrose, Allyson Kelley, Stephen Kelley, Brian Kelley, Jennifer Kelley, Julianna Kelley, Jenna Kelley, Alexander Kelley, Nicole Sica, Michael Sica, Matthew Poulsen, Jared Poulsen, Kayla Poulsen, as well as one great-grandson, Noah Ambrose. His two sisters, Anne Schleicher and Jane Fales, and sister-in-law Anita Kelley also survive him, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers: J. Spencer Kelley, Rev. Raymond Kelley, Paul Kelley, Rev. William Kelley, and Gerard Kelley.

Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1957 to 1964, flying with the “Blue Sharks”, and later had a long career as an airline pilot with TWA.  He was a sportsman growing up in Mansfield, Massachusetts with his five brothers and two sisters, playing baseball, football, and basketball.  While attending Northeastern University, he played baseball and football. During his fathering years, he often enjoyed coaching sports that his kids were involved in. Bob was an avid golfer and he and Dorothy enjoyed many years playing together at Redlands Golf and Country Club until his eyesight failed him in recent years.

The family wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the Catholic Hospice “Blue Team” for the loving care and support they offered Bob, Dorothy, and the family.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bob will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead on Friday, March 9, 2018. Visitation with the family will be at the church from 9-10 followed by a funeral mass and interment at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, Doral, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) at

The family will receive friends for a celebration of life luncheon after the interment at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doral, Florida.