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David’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our loved one. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

My Dad (Dave Jr is writing this) was diagnosed in mid-September 2010 with pleural sarcomatoid mesothelioma, which is a rare lung cancer due to asbestos exposure (occurring years ago, probably in his job at 3M). Dad has many loved ones that he said he wants to be able to stay in communication with, so we created this site.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.

Latest Journal Update


David E. Kelly, of Sun City Center, FL died peacefully December 13, 2010 under the care of Lifepath Hospice and surrounded by loved ones.

Dave was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, the only son of Paul and Marion Kelly.  He graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, Maryland and received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Dave was retired from a 34 year career at 3M Company having worked in Cottage Grove and St. Paul, MN as well as Prairie du Chien, WI.

Dave is dearly loved by his family and friends who will miss his spirited sense of humor and true appreciation of everyone he met.  His very full retirement life included the love of good food, good company, gardening, golf, tennis, hunting and fishing.  Through his volunteer work in the Southeastern Guide Dog program, Dave showed incredible love and dedication for the past 15 years, especially in his passion for puppy raising. In recent years Dave was an active Hospice volunteer and therapy dog handler. Dave was also an active participant and leader in the Beginning Experience program, supporting widowed, divorced and separated people.

He leaves his beloved Kathy Gauthier; his  four children: Sean Kelly and wife Janie of Climax, Michigan; David S. Kelly of Denver, Colorado; Brenda Rudan and husband Michael of Ithaca, New York; and Bryan Kelly and wife Angelica of Phoenix, Arizona; nine grandchildren: Ryan, Tara, Sean Patrick, Megan, James, William, Christopher, Paul and Tabatha and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves sisters Carolyn Harding, Nora DeJohn, Nancy Perelman and Kathy Kelly.

Funeral services will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, Fl at 11am on Friday, January 7, 2011.  The family will receive friends on Thursday January 6, 2011 from 4pm to 7pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Conesa Parish Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Lifepath Hospice or Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center.

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