James T. Kelly

March 3, 1942 ~ October 25, 2020 (age 78)


James T. Kelly, age 78, of Norwell, formerly of Newton, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2020. Loving husband of Paula F. (Dunn) Kelly. Devoted father of James T. Kelly Jr. and wife Susan of Acton, MA, Scott M. Kelly and wife Joan of Seattle, WA, and Kristin J. Benting and husband Scott of Westford, MA. Adoring “Grampa” of J.T., Meaghan, and Sean Kelly of Acton, MA, Claire Kelly of Seattle, WA, Katie, Abby, and Annie Benting of Westford, MA. Brother of Lynda Duggan of Raleigh, NC.


Jim was a Partner, Owner, and Vice President of Donald S. Tait Co. He was a proud and devoted member of the Hundred Club of Massachusetts, which provides care to the family of fallen first responders. Jim was also a former member of the Local 275 Carpenters Union.


Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Jim on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:30 pm during a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony Church, Cohasset. Visiting hours immediately prior to the Mass on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 from 11-12:30 am in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 So. Main St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset.  Covid restrictions of mask, social distancing, etc required. Private interment in Washington Street Cemetery, Norwell, MA. The family respectfully as that in lieu of flowers, donations to honor Jim be made to The Hundred Club of Massachusetts, 17 Gloucester St., Boston, MA. 02115. 

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October 30, 2020

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
160 South Main Street, P.O. BOX 431 (actual 1 Summer St.)
Cohasset, MA 02025

Mass of Christian Burial
October 30, 2020

12:30 PM
Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony Church (Cohasset)

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 120 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place

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