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In Memory of
Richard T. Kelley

Major Richard Kelley Special Forces

Major (Ret) Richard Taffe Kelley passed away at age 77 on October 15, 2018. He was a member of Chapter 54.

Kelley was a native of South Lawrence, Massachusetts. At the time of his death he was a resident of Andover, Massachusetts.

He enlisted in the Army in 1959 at the age of eighteen. His first assignment was in Signal Intelligence. He then served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While stationed at Fort Bragg he attended Ranger School, HALO School, and Special Forces training.

He was commissioned in the infantry in 1966 through Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was assigned to Special Forces. Rick served in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th Special Forces Group during his career. He also served two tours in Vietnam in 1966 and 1968-1970. He retired from the service in 1980.

He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 1973. While stationed at Fort Devens in 1976 he earned his law degree from Suffolk University.

Following his Army service he practiced general law in Massachusetts for over 35 years. He is a past president of the Lawrence Bar Association and past president of the Bon Secours Men's Guild.

Rick served on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and was a counseler for and advocate for veterans.


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Service Details

Wake and Visitation
Friday, October 19, 2018
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conte Funeral Home
28 Florence Street, Andover, MA 01810
(978) 470-8000

Memorial Service
Saturday, October 20, 2018
11:00 AM
West Parish Chapel
210 Lowell Street, Andover, MA 01810
(978) 475-3902

In Lieu of Flowers, a charitable donation may be sent to:

Veteran's Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, MA

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