Robert Daniel Kelly (66) passed away peacefully on February 28, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children at The Memory Center in Virginia Beach, VA. He was born in Memphis, TN, the son of Captain John Curtis Kelly (USN) and Betty Brown Kelly. Bob attended George Mason High School in Falls Church and graduated from George Washington High School (Class of 1966) in Alexandria. He graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1970 and received his MS from American University in 1976. Following graduation from Hampden Sydney, Bob joined the Arlington County Police Force, rising from motorcycle officer to Detective. He was well known for playing basketball and football in the Arlington County Recreation Department league and also amateur boxing – advancing to runner-up in the Heavyweight Division in the Golden Gloves. He also served in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the Virginia Army National Guard in Manassas, VA. He was an entrepreneur and established LynMar Construction Company and, later, Summit Consulting Services. Indicators of his impact can be found throughout the DC area, including the original Pentagon Child Care Center. Born into an aviator’s family, Bob earned his private pilot’s license. Volunteer time was spent with the Rotary Club and the Old Dominion Boat Club of Alexandria. Upon his move to the Norfolk area in 2008, he joined the Rotary Club of Norfolk. Bob is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years, Marie “Sis” Patrick Kelly of Norfolk, his children Robert “Rob” Daniel Kelly, Jr. (Lisa),Kathleen Kelly Sharp (Kevin) and Patrick Curtis Kelly (Shannon) and 9 grandchildren (Colin, Emma, Nolan, Sarah, Kelly, Curt, Hank, John and Joseph). While he was predeceased by his beloved parents and sister, Kathy, and he is also survived by his siblings Michael, Jerry, Tom and Tish. His children, grandchildren, 14 nieces and nephews and 12 grandnieces and nephews will always cherish the memories, pictures and stories that will keep his spirit alive. Bob Kelly is considered by many to be the gold standard for his fierce love of family, staunch work ethic and deep friendships. A funeral mass will be held at 12:00pm on March 13, 2015 at The Basilica of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 232 Chapel Street, Norfolk, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation) 34 Washington St., #200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or via their website at www.curealz.org.Send Flowers
My deepest sympathy to Marie, Rob, Kathleen, Patrick and the rest the family. Bob was special person to me. I enjoyed knowing him and working for him at Lynmar. I will surely miss him.
Rest in peace.
You and your family have my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. May light perpetual shine on him in his new life of the spirit.
Kiwanis Club of Norfolk
My sincere condolences to the family, especially Rob and Marie. I respected and admired Bob from the day I met him at DRI, and learned a lot from him over the years. Not only was he a great boss, he was just a heck of a great guy to have a beer with. I’m sorry now I didn’t make it a point to reconnect with him after LynMar. He will be missed.
To All the Kellys,
Our thoughts are with your family. We have only good memories of growing up in Alexandria and sharing high school sports and activities. They Kelly family was always admired by the Schmidts. We will keep you all in our prayers.