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James E. Kelly

James E. Kelly, 84, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Lockport, NY, died Tuesday July 6 in Florida. He was born in Jamestown, NY on December 7, 1936, the son of Clarence and Maude Nichols Kelly.

Jim graduated from Westfield Central School and Jamestown Community College, and completed the Hospital Administration Program at Columbia University. He served as Assistant Director of Finance at Westfield Memorial Hospital for 33 years. Following his retirement from the hospital, Jim was Director of Sales and Marketing for Jamestown Credit Bureau until illness forced him to retire for the second time.

He was a communicant of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, All Saints Roman Catholic Parish in Lockport, and Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown.

Jim was a friend to everyone he met and devoted his adult life to giving back to the community and serving others. While in Chautauqua County he was a member of the Westfield Jaycees, becoming president of the local in 1969-70. He then became District President of the New York Jaycees in 1970-71 and National Director of the United States Jaycees in 1969-70, he was inducted into the JCI New York Senate in 1989. In 1979 Jim served on the Chautauqua County Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors. He volunteered for 40 years with the American Red Cross in Chautauqua and was its president in 1976-77. Jim spent many years in Chautauqua and was a member of the Chautauqua Fire Department, of which he was president in 1978 and 1989.

Jim continued his volunteer efforts with Hospice Chautauqua County as a member of its board of directors in 1990-97, and was its president in 1996-97. He was a former member of Rotary AM in Jamestown, where he received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International. A 33rd degree Mason, Jim was a former master of Summit Lodge 219 at Westfield, officer of the Grand Lodge of the Grand Lodge of New York State, Commander-in-Chief of the Valley of Jamestown Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and member of Red Jacket Lodge 646 in Lockport. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Frank and Bette Paul 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children in Rochester, NY

In the 1960s, Jim ran a YMCA boys basketball program in Dunkirk, NY. In 1992, he started the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation / Associates Charity Golf Tournament at Chautauqua Golf Course, and he hosted the event for several seasons. The inaugural tournament was the first time beer, wine and soda were circulated on the course during playing hours, along with snacks and food and a big dinner in the early evening with designs for special prizes. .

Jim is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sally (Swanson) Kelly, whom he married on August 7, 1987, at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Chautauqua; his daughters: Barbara Kauffman of Knox Dale, Pa., and Debra (Andy) Hopkins of Celina, Texas; granddaughter, Maudie Kauffman of Frisco, Tecas; step-sons: John Sember of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Steven Sember of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, step-grandson, Eric Sember of Buffalo, NY; cousin, Carol (Don) Baumet of Westfield, NY, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Drayer of Warren, Pennsylvania.

He was proceeded to death by his parents; brother, Robert Kelly; stepson, Mark Sember ,; cousins: Ruth Hurlbert and Linda Delcamp; and brother-in-law, Richard Drayer.

Friends can call Donald E. Lewis, Inc. Funeral Home, 304 East Street, Warren, Pa. On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., where a Masonic service will be held at 5:45 p.m. A Christian funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, Pa. On Wednesday July 14, 2012 with Father Richard Tomasone, pastor, officiant. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Warren, Pennsylvania.

Those wishing to place memorials can do so at Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750, or on their website at chpc.care

Condolences by email can be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.


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