Nicholas J. "Nick" Kelly, 84, of the Claxton Manor in Herkimer, and formerly of Sherrill Lane in New Hartford, died on December 28.
He was born on November 24, 1930 in Little Falls, the son of the late Charles and Marie Feeney Kelly. On June 20, 1953, he married Jean Long, in St. Mary's Church, Little Falls. She died in 2004.
He is survived by his four children and 10 grandchildren: daughter, Jane Kelly Guzewich, and her husband Dan, of Herkimer, and their three daughters, Emily, Jean, of Silver Spring, MD, and Spc. Jessica Guzewich, Fort Sill, OK: son Nick, and his wife Tonda, of Edmond, OK, and their three daughters, Lacy, Deidra, and Julia; son Bill, and his wife Sara, of Glastonbury, CT, and their two sons, William and Matthias, and daughter Margaret; and son David, and his wife Rachel, of Silver Spring, MD, and their daughter, Emma Jean.
He is also survived by two brothers, Charles (Ann), of Norwalk, CT, and Jack of Wofford Heights, CA; a sister, Ellen (William) Armstrong of Cooperstown; and cousins Ann Vandelinder of New Hartford, Jim (Margaret) Vandelinder of Old Forge, and Claire (BJ) Adamski of Vernon. He was predeceased by sister, Terese, in 2011.
He served proudly in the United States Navy in the Korean War. He served aboard the battleship USS Los Angeles, and later on the destroyer the USS Epperson. It was aboard the USS Epperson that he served in Operation Castle Bravo, and witnessed the first dry hydrogen bomb ever detonated.
He graduated from Utica College in 1958 and received his master's degree in education from SUNY at Oneonta in 1962. He was an elementary school teacher for 34 years, retiring in 1992 after 32 years of teaching in Clinton Central Schools.