Brattleboro - Bill Kelly, 75, died peacefully at home on Friday morning, February 24th. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Vermont in 1970 where he and his wife, Marty, raised three wonderful children, Sarah, Benjamin and Adam.
As a young man, Bill was about to start graduate school when he was drafted by the army and assigned to the National Security Agency. In the NSA Bill was stationed in Ethiopia where he served as a code-breaker. After the army Bill taught English for a number of years in East Harlem. It was there he met his wife. Bill had a knack for keeping his students well behaved. Marty did not. While Bill reined in Marty's unruly charges, a romance was born. They were married on July 4th, 1970.
When Bill first came to Vermont he worked as a carpenter. He taught English at Leland and Gray High School and was a guidance counselor there before opening his own psychotherapy practice. Bill never forgave the Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn, but did have fun coaching Small Fry when his children were young. He enjoyed his work as a psychotherapist, and he always looked forward to his Tuesday mornings at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen. Above all he loved his time with his grandchildren, Sonia, Bea, Emmett and Henry, and was looking forward to the arrival of another grandson in April.
Aside from his wife and three children, Bill is also survived by his son-in-law, Brent Reynolds, his daughters-in-law, Corey Kelly and Haegi Kwon, his sister, Jill and brother, Jeff. A brother Peter died in 2007.
As Bill would want, no service is planned. Those wishing to honor his memory may donate to a charity of their choice or to Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen at Loaves and Fishes, â„… Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.
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