Celebration of Life Gathering
Life Story / Obituary
Gerald (Jerry) Kelly of Douglas, beloved husband of Barbara, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2020 at age 78.
Jerry was born in Detroit and graduated from St. Philip Neri High School in 1959 where he was an excellent athlete. He received his B.A. from Ferris Institute where he played football and baseball. After he was injured, he became the first student sports assistant. In 1964, he came to Saugatuck to teach at Saugatuck High School (SHS) and coach football, basketball and baseball. He spent many years refereeing girls and boys basketball. After earning his M.A. from Michigan State University, he left SHS and became a high school Co-Op Coordinator for the group of Holland, Saugatuck, West Ottawa, Hamilton and Zeeland until he retired. For more than 20 summers, he tended bar at the Coral Gables Rathskeller. After his retirement from education, he tended bar at The Global (Phil’s Bar and Grille) and West Shore Golf Course until it closed.
Jerry enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, playing golf, playing cards at the Butler and
gardening. He attended the Michigan high school boys’ basketball tournament for more than 50 consecutive years. He thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
For many years, he and Barb vacationed for several weeks in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They also created memories in Hawaii, Ireland, Austria, Jamaica and the Bahamas. They enjoyed hosting many Super Bowl parties and large Thanksgiving dinners.
Jerry leaves behind his dear wife of almost 60 years, Barbara. His children Larry (Lisa), John (Vicki), Patricia (Dominic Perri) and Jim (Mary Beth.) His nine grandchildren are Joshua, Alexandra (Bryan Cumisky), Kaitlyn, Neal, Kyle, Sean, Brendan, Isabella and Olivia. His two great granddaughters are Ann and Catherine. He also leaves behind his sweet dog Zoe.
A celebration of life gathering will be 1- 4 pm Sunday (August 23) at Coral Gables.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Holland, 270 Hoover Blvd., Holland, MI 49423 www.hospiceholland.org.
Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Saugatuck Chapel.