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Thomas Kelly

Thomas Aquinas "Herc" Kelly

Monday, May 18th, 1942 - Sunday, June 30th, 2019
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Thomas Aquinas Kelly (Herc) passed away on June 30, 2019 at the Lott Assisted Living Residence. Tom was a life-long resident of Greenwich Village and served in the US Army. He is survived by his five sisters Mary Dreyer (Herbert Dreyer), Noreen Best (Neil Best), Alice Conway, Anne Conway, Margaret Conway (Bart Erbach), sister-in-law Dorothy Kelly and by many loving nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at August 2, 2019 St Francis Xavier
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    August 2, 2019 | 10:00am
    August 2, 2019 10:00am
    St. Francis Xavier Church
    46 West 16th Street
    NEW YORK, NY 10011
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Claire Morda

Posted at 03:33pm
Here we are, a year later on the eve of Herc's death. Still miss him, miss hearing his fabulous (as in fable) stories and his laugh. Given what this year has been, 2020 with trump and covid-19, it would surely be great fodder for his fables. Carry on Herc, carry on.

Deborah Fleming

Posted at 07:19pm
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. However, the Bible gives us God’s promises that there will be a resurrection and that God will bring an end to death once and for all (Revelation 21:4). It is my hope that the power of God’s Word will help to ease your sorrow as you cherish the loving memories you shared together. For more information please visit JW.ORG.

Claire Morda

Posted at 07:26pm
Tommy, (Herc) was one of my closest friends for 48 years. He was who he was-unconcerned what others thought of him. He lived all his life in the neighborhood in which he grew up, bridging generations and remaining true to himself during changing times. He was generous, often confusingly so since in his last decade or two he had no income.
I can't think of a person who didn't like him, who didn't want to be around for his storytelling-some fabulous, some we could affirm. He had a big heart, a big laugh and he grew to be big from a skinny guy who was nicknamed Herc(ules).
Among other people I could tell you a few stories about Tommy. He and I and a couple of friends-Pam and Ski -were traveling around the Yucatan in Mexico and we were taking a taxi from our hotel in Cozumel to the ferry. Our bags were in the trunk and when we got to the ferry pier Herc decided the taxi driver was overcharging us. This in 1982 in Mexico mind you; we know we have pot in our baggage which is now being held hostage. The 3 of us are trying to tell Herc we do not want to go to a Mexican jail, pay the fare and get our bags out. It took more than that but eventually we were free with our bags. Or I would have to tell a different story.
Herc and Artie Shea and I drove our moving trucks which were Hertz rentals to California as a team. We'd have the 3 of us and 2 trucks. Every gas or pit stop we'd rotate, so one person drove 2 shifts and 2 of us were in one truck. Artie and I, when together following Herc , would laugh out loud at the burning remnants of Herc's cigarettes tossed to the night,- our trail. We sometimes used moving pads to sleep on top of the truck when we were short of cash. But no matter, we had to wait for Tommy in the morning after he'd had his breakfast, coffee and cigarettes to take his constitutional. Every morning. I and others could go on forever remembering the times we had with him. I hope that is how he is remembered-part of a gang of friends who lived, traveled and shared our lives in ways which are probably not possible anymore. We had a ball-friends who loved and cherished one another and the times we lived.
Tom was close from the '50's to Mike Hanley and Artie Shea-probably his 2 best friends. They grew up together in the far west Village when it was a neighborhood of dockworkers and other blue collar workers. They and a few other really close friends, (Lee Rosati, Paul Ansell, Dianne and Marianne Gingras, and quite a few more) feel a cataclysmic loss.
We miss you Herc but you'll always be in our memories and the stories will always be told.

Dee L.

Posted at 09:54am
I would like to offer my sincere condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you to cope at this time of mourning and I hope that you can be comforted by the prospect of seeing Herc alive on earth again enjoying perfect health in a beautiful, peaceful paradise. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:29)

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