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“Jerry Kelly was my cousin. Although he was six years older and I saw him only infrequently, all of my memories of him were positive. I remember Jerry...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: John Doble - New York City, NY

“I will never forget that when my Gerry and I moved into the neighborhood on Merlin Drive, Jerry was the first one to welcome us and make sure we were...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Debra Demuth - Redmond, OR

“Dear Dawn, You and Jerry were dear dear friends. I don't know how else to say it but we almost felt like we were family! We first met in Mammoth...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Bobbie & fred Anderson - CO

Jerry, Dawn, Jeff and Shirley on vacation in Maui, Summer 2000 “From the first time I met Jerry in the early 90s - I was taken by his warmth, friendliness and open heartedness. Over the years, Jeff and I enjoyed...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: SHIRLEY GUN - Ramrod Key, FL

“Jerry was a great big brother. I can't imagine how my childhood would have been without him. I got to hang out with older kids who wouldn't have...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jeff Kelly - Ramrod Key, FL

“Dawn, Bill and I so enjoyed the friendship of you and Jerry. We still cannot believe that Jerry is gone. Please know you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Nelson - Eagle Crest, OR

“Old friends, many years, fun times, lots of love!Jerry was a very lucky guy, who picked just the right partner in our friend, Dawn!We just wish that...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Susie an Mike Minifie - Friend

“So many happy times when Jerry and Dawn lived in Mammoth. Going to the Kelly's for Jerry's famous Bouillabaisse, lots of laughter, great wines, the...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Andree Wallis - Mammoth Lakes, CA

“Dawn - I am so very sorry for your sudden loss. Jerry and I have been friends for decades and always enjoyed our times together whether at dinner, a...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Cheryl Lodinger - Studio City, CA

“Dawn, Bill and I have so enjoyed having you and Jerry as our neighbors and friends for the few years we've lived next door. I'm so sorry for your...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Deborah Wells - Indio, CA

“Although, due to geographical distance, I did not know Jerry very well but I know he made my cousin Dawn very happy and was a terrific father. He...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Mark Callahan - Denver, CO

“So sorry for your loss Dawn! ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Elizabeth Adrian - Redmond, OR

“Dawnie, I'm so sorry you are experiencing the heartbreaking loss of your husband. What a rich life the two of you had together. It's hard to believe...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Jane Callahan Frawley - IL

“Dads passing was so sudden I'm having a hard time with it...because we lived on opposite sides of the country it doesn't seem real...but sadly it is....Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Michael Kelly - Kittery, ME - Son

“Jerry brought love and joy to my sister Dawn's life. I am grateful for the time they had together and mourn with Dawn at his loss. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Terry Imber - Cathedral city, CA

“Wishing you an easy passage, Jerry. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Patricia Fenton - Palm desert, CA


Jerry was born on December 27, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later his family moved outside the city to Horsham, PA., and then when he was 16 they relocated to the New York area. He graduated from Iona Prep and earned his Bachelors Degree from Fordham University. Throughout High School and College he competed on the track team. Specializing in Pole Vaulting. As an adult, he became an avid runner and played senior ice hockey with the Darien Winter Club. He lived most of his life in Connecticut, where he and his first wife, Pat raised their two children, Michael and Christine. He moved to Los Angeles for business in 1993 where he met his wife, Dawn. After retiring in 2001, they moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA to ski and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of the Eastern Sierra mountains. Their next stop was in Central Orgeon to play golf and spend time with the wonderful friends they met in the Eagle Crest Resort community in Redmond, OR. After spending many winters in the Palm Springs area, he and his wife moved full time to Indio, CA last fall.

Jerry had a long career in broadcast sales. Starting his career at NBC in New York in the early 60's eventually becoming president of RKO Network Radio Sales. In the mid-80's he and his partners at Manchester Productions owned the radio broadcast rights to the N.Y. Yankees. He entertained everyone with stories from the period of "hanging out" with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Lou Pinella and the ever colorful Phil Rizzuto. His work life included a long stint with CNN Network Sales in NY and LA. Over his career he had the opportunity to work for ABC Network Radio, CBS Network Radio, Blair TV, CBS Network Television and ITN Syndication.

Jerry was 77 when he was taken from us very suddenly on May 23, 2019. He will be sorely missed by his wife Dawn Imber Kelly, and his children Michael Kelly and Christine Stone, his son-in-law Richard Stone, and his three wonderful granddaughters - Savannah, Scarlett and Georgia. He is survived by his brother, Jeff Kelly and his sisters Rosemary Parnell and Veronica Serra. Remember to tell everyone right now how much you love them.

He will be remembered with much love at a private celebration of his life at the home of great friends here in Palm Desert, and later this summer at his daughter's home in Connecticut.