NORWALK, Conn. - Dr. Edward J. Kelley, a lifelong resident of Norwalk, died Wednesday, Oct. 30. He was 90.
Kelley was born July 12, 1923, to Margaret Millard Kelley and Edward J. Kelley. He was a graduate of Norwalk High School in 1941, Fordham University, and Columbia Dental School in 1947.
He practiced dentistry in the Frost Building on West Avenue for 42 years and spent seven years in the Norwalk Hospital clinic. Kelley has been president of the Norwalk Dental Society and a delegate to the State Dental Society. He also served 30 years on the State Dental Grievance Committee.
Kelley was past chairman of the St. Thomas the Apostle Church parish lay committee, was vice president of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and was a member of the church choir. In 2012, he received the Father Rufin Compassionate Care Award from the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Kelley served on the board of directors of the Norwalk Savings Society for many years. He was a former Norwalk police commissioner, was past president of the Norwalk Catholic Club, and was a member of Catholic Charities and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his children, Margaret M. Kelley of Norwalk, Paula K. Passero (Robert) of New Canaan and Edward J. Kelley III (Patricia) of Melrose Mass.; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret G. Kelley; brother, Harry M. Kelley; and sister, Mary Louise Kelley.
Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, East Ave., Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Kelley’s name to St. Thomas the Apostle Church and The St. Vincent DePaul Society, both located at 203 East Ave, Norwalk Ct. 06855 or SSTV Capital Improvements C/O Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.