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Edward Michael Kelly

Edward Michael Kelly, age 97 of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of South River, New Jersey passed away peacefully on August 18, 2022.

The year was 1942 when all the neighborhood boys of Northside Avenue, South River, New Jersey left to defend our country during WWII. Edward served in the US Navy 1942-1946. He was captured by the Japanese and sent prisoner of war camp in the Philippines. Battling malaria, he survived and continued with the European Theatre Operations and was involved in the invasions of Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Leyte. He was awarded the American Theatre Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, 2 stars. Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Victory Medal.

Edward was appointed to the South River, New Jersey Police Department in 1951, promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1961 and then to the rank of Lieutenant in 1969. He retired in 1980.

Edward was predeceased by his parents- Edward and Wilhema Kelly, brothers- Tom, Jackie, and Frank, and sisters- Doris and Kitty.

He is survived by Eileen, Marie and brother, Jimmy. Sons- Richard and Cathy Kelly of Sebastian, FL, David Kelly of Dolores, Colorado, Daughters- Terry Carlo of St. Petersburg, FL,
Barbara Laul of South River, NJ.

Ed loved his retirement community of Americana Cove in St. Petersburg, Florida where he enjoyed the Florida sunshine and his new community. Ed was one of the founding fathers of Americana Cove and was responsible for the purchase of the land to make it possible for future generations to enjoy the resident owned community on beautiful Tampa Bay.

Rest in peace Edward as you have had quite a fulfilling life. You will be missed by many.

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