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Dr. John A. Kelly
(March 17, 1964 - October 14, 2011)

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Dr. John A. Kelly

Dr. John A. Kelly

Hanover, NH – Dr. John A. Kelly, 47, beloved husband of Suzanne (Pembroke) Kelly and father of Cian and Aisling Kelly, died unexpectedly on Friday morning, October 14th, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

He was born on March 17, 1964 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of John Francis and Maureen (O’Malley) Kelly. John grew up and received his schooling in Dublin, graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1989.

He came to the United States to do his residency in Albany, NY and then a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Fletcher Allen Hospital at the University of Vermont in Burlington, followed by a fellowship in critical care in Pittsburg, PA. After working in private practice for a time in Hartford, CT, John moved to Maryland and began conducting research at the National Institute of Health. For the past eight years he has lived in Hanover and practiced at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in White River Jct.

John married Suzanne on March 9, 1996 in Kilkenny, Ireland and has spent the last fifteen years as a loving husband and father. He was never happier than when spending time with his wife, children, family, and friends.

John was very active as a board member and coach of the Lightning Soccer Club, a long-time coach of Grantham Indoor soccer teams and a past member of the Ford Sayre Memorial Ski Council. John enjoyed music, especially jazz, and was an avid reader and World Cup Rugby fan.

In addition to his wife, Suzanne, and children, Cian and Aisling, he is survived by his two brothers-in-law, Morgan Pembroke of Dublin, Ireland, and Garrett Pembroke, of Beverly, MA, and his three sisters, Mary Kelly of Montferrier-sur-Lez, France, and Ann Kelly and Margaret Kelly, both of Dublin, Ireland.

John’s quiet compassion, infectious laugh, and keen sense of humor touched the lives of many. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, patients, and the young people he coached.

Visiting hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home, 903 Hartford Avenue in Wilder, VT Tuesday from 6-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Denis Church in Hanover on Wednesday at 1PM.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing can make memorial contributions to the Lightning Soccer Club, PO Box 5059?Hanover, NH 03755 (


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