Jonathan G. Kelly, 35, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 16th, surrounded by the love of his parents and sisters and held in a wide circle of compassion and support from extended family members and friends.
He died of liver failure following an acute illness and long struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, which also included many courageous and persistent efforts toward recovery.
Jonathan was born and raised in Brockton, attending St. Edward School, Cardinal Spellman High School, Massasoit and Cape Cod Community Colleges. He most recently resided in Bridgewater, and lived for several years on Nantucket Island, where he enjoyed fishing, boating, spending time at the beach and working at several restaurants, including Fusaro's and SeaGrille. A talented chef, Jonathan most recently worked at Haley House Cafe in Roxbury, where he was proud to share his culinary talents in a warm and welcoming environment with a mission of helping others. Jonathan was also skilled in many trades and artistic pursuits, including drawing, music, sculpture, glass and metal work. He was respected by many for being a caring, creative, and insightful individual, always eager to share a laugh and lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his parents, George F. and Linda Amaral Kelly, formerly of Brockton and Nantucket, currently of Bridgewater; his sisters, Angela, of Boston; Colleen and her wife, Jen, of Kingston, NH; and Lauren, of Providence, RI; by several beloved aunts and uncles, many cousins, and close family friends, who will all miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his loving grandparents, Manuel and Eleanor Amaral, of Bridgewater, and George and Mildred Kelly, of Brockton, his special Great-Aunt Mary Kelly, and his Uncles Eddie and Kenny and Auntie Pat Amaral.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a Mass of Christian Burial from the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10 am followed by a Mass at St. Basil's Chapel at Bridgewater State, 122 Park Ave, at 11 am. Burial will be held privately and visitation will be held on Monday evening, Feb. 24 from 5-8 pm.
For words of remembrance and additional pictures of Jonathan please click here.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Transitional Employment Program at Haley House Cafe (click here) or to E.B. H.O.P.E. (Help, Outreach, Prevention & Education), Inc., mailed to 20 Point Drive, East Bridgewater, MA, 02333