Apr 29, 2001:  In Memoriam
Edward F. Kelly
founder of Ohio Citizen Action,
father of plant closing legislation
Ed Kelly

Ed Kelly, center, at a picket line in front of SOHIO's Cleveland headquarters, Oct. 17, 1979. Left is Nick Kostandaras, District 7 president, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers; right is union representative Cora Licursi and WKYC-TV 3 reporter Joe Mosbrook. Photo by Steve Cagan.


BOSTON -- Ed Kelly, 54, died today at his home in Boston after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a founder of Ohio Citizen Action and pioneered legislation to protect workers laid off in plant closings. The measure became federal law in 1989. Kelly was Ohio Citizen Action's first research director, and later led Massachusetts Citizen Action as its executive director.

Sandy Buchanan, Ohio Citizen Action executive director, said today, "Ed's brilliant mind and kind heart inspired all of us for the past twenty-five years. He had a remarkable ability to analyze situations from all angles and find innovative solutions. Ed was a great teacher, and an even more wonderful friend."


Apr 30, 2001:  Edward F. Kelly

BOSTON -- "Edward F. Kelly of Allston, April 29, 2001. Beloved son of Ann (Cleary) Kelly of Needham & the late Edward L. Kelly. Father of Eamon Kelly of Allston. Devoted partner of Paula Tirrell of West Roxbury. Brother of Frank Kelly of Waltham & William Kelly of Sharon. Uncle of Meredith & Ryan Kelly both of Sharon. Edward is also survived by several aunts & uncles. Boston College Graduate, Class of 1969 and Graduate of Harvard Law School. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the Keefe Keohane Funeral Home, 8 Spring St., (Corner of Centre St.), WEST ROXBURY Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Theresa's Chapel, West Roxbury at 10 a.m. (handicapped accessible). Visiting hours Tuesday 5-8 PM. Burial in Saint Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edward may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 1309 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446 or to BETA Community Services, Attleboro, MA," (death notice, Boston Globe).
May 1, 2001:  Edward Kelly, 54; Lawyer and activist

BOSTON -- "Mr. Kelly was born in New Brunswick, N.J. He graduated from Boston College and Harvard Law School and earned a master's degree in library science at Case Western University. A former librarian in Youngstown, Ohio, from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, he was affiliated with Ohio Citizen Action, where he worked on plant-closing legislation, electricity deregulation, and other issues. Locally, he was affiliated with several groups, including Massachusetts Citizen Action in Cambridge and the Campaign for Fair Electric Rates," (Boston Globe).
May 4, 2001:  Saying goodbye to Ed Kelly

CLEVELAND -- "At Edís May 2 funeral in Boston, Father Robert Bullock said "Ed was more Greek than Irish in his friendships." He explained that the ancient Greeks had a highly developed concept of friendship, which included three necessary elements: first, that you enjoy each otherís company; second, that you are of benefit to each other, and third, that you work together for the common good. The church was full of people for whom Ed was a friend in all three ways. May we all continue to learn from him," Sandy Buchanan, Ohio Citizen Action.
Jun 13, 2001:  Margaret Wittig's 2nd Annual One Mile Swim for Breast Cancer, Hopkinton, MA, June 23
In loving memory of Ed "Kell" Kelly
March 15, 1947 - April 29, 2001


HOPKINTON, MA -- "One sentiment I shared with him was the great difficulty I was experiencing with the fact that while 2001 welcomed me as a breast cancer survivor, it was to be the year that marked his death. It would be the end of his love for his 17 year old son, Eamon, his compassion for others, his brilliance. Ed and Paula gave me my first pledge for this year's swim. Please join us in the fight for the cure," (Margaret Wittig, Paula Tirrell).
Oct 21, 2001:  Edward F. Kelly Square

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- "Councillor Jim Braude and the Cambridge city council requests the honor of your prence at the dedication of Edward F. Kelly Esq. Square, Sunday October 21."