FORT KENT – Paul R. Kelly went home to be with the lord on January 8, 2015. He was born November 24, 1927, in St. Francis, the youngest of sixteen children born to Charles and Stella (Sirois) Kelly. He attended high schools in both St. Francis and Fort Kent, graduating from Fort Kent High School in 1945. He enlisted in the US Navy, completed training in Bainbridge, Maryland and Great Lakes, Illinois. He served as a electrician’s mate aboard a mine sweeper in the South Pacific during W.W.II. Following his honorable discharge during 1947, he attended Ricker College in Houlton and the University of Maine in Orono. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.
He married Joyce Mertes on June 21, 1950 in Illinois. He was employed as vocational educational teacher in Fort Kent. The principal of Hodgdon High School and superintendent of schools in the Milford / Bradley area. He later became employed as superintendent of schools for SAD 27 in Fort Kent where he worked for thirty years. Afterwards, he also worked as superintendent of schools in Allagash for two years prior to his retirement. During his tenure he supervised the construction of eleven school buildings in both Aroostook and Penobscot counties. He was past president of the Aroostook Retired Educators Association and the Maine Association of Retirees.
He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-four years, Joyce Kelly of Fort Kent and five children; Paul C. Kelly of Lincoln, Pamela (Kelly ) Pelletier of Belgrade, Daniel Kelly of Falmouth, Charles Kelly of Gorham and Mark Kelly of Fort Kent. He was predeceased by his youngest son, Kevin Kelly in 2012. He will be missed by his fourteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Paul’s greatest enjoyment in his life was time spent with his family during their annual climb up Mount Katahdin. He also enjoyed canoeing and camping along the Allagash, St. John and St. Francis rivers with family and friends and spending time with them at camp on Cross Lake.
Friends and family may call 6 to 8 pm Sunday, January 18th and 1 pm Monday until time of service at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial with full military honors will be celebrated 4 pm Monday at the St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. Spring burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Those who wish in Paul’s memory may donate to PAWS Animal Welfare Society Inc. PO Box 94, Fort Kent Mills, Me.04744.