Softball NL is saddened to learn that Ed Kelly passed away on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014.
To Ed’s family and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
1966 Senior Provincial Champion, Attended 1967 Senior Nationals
Ed Kelly was a member of the Labrador City Carol Lakers that captured the 1966 Senior Men’s Fastpitch Provincial Crown in Argentia from July 23-25. Kelly and his Carol Lakers teammates finished the double elimination tournament with a 5-1 record and took home the Richard Cashin Trophy.
1966-Labrador City Carol Lakers (Record: 5-1)
Orville Matthews, Pat Spinks, Doug House, Bernie McLean, Denis Talbot, Dick Abercombie, Bill Hounsell, Dave Kartio, Don Hong, Wayne Watson, Eric Bugge, Norm Atkinson, Ray Murphy, Everett McLean, Ed Kelly, Ernie Wakeham, Joe Anesara-Manager, Don Winsor-Coach & Ross McCallum-Coach.
Ed Kelly was a member of the Labrador City Carol Lakers who attended the 1967 Canadian Senior Men’s Fastpitch Championship in Saskatoon, SK from August 24-27.
1967-Labrador City Carol Lakers (Record: 0-2)
Ford Metcalfe, Cec Pierson, Giles LaGere, Orville Matthews, Pat Spinks, Doug House, Bernie McLean, Dennis Talbot, Dick Abercrombie, Bill Hounsell, Dave Kartio, Don Hong, Norm Atkinson, Ray Murphy, Everett McLean, Ed Kelly, Ernie Wakeham, Wayne Watson, Don Winsor-Coach and Ross McCallum-Coach.
Kelly Inducted Into The Softball NL Hall of Fame In 1982
Ed Kelly was born on Bell Island and in the sport of softball established himself as a star. Soon softball would become the venue for his talent to be exposed to the province. When he relocated to Labrador City to work, he also started what would become a decade of outstanding softball accomplishments. His numerous local and provincial championships and the dozens of individual awards dictated that he be respected by both his peers and by the organizers of softball.
An excellent hitter who patrolled the outfield for Labrador City teams with a sure glove and a strong arm, he was a member of the club that won the provincial senior men’s title in 1966 and performed extremely well in the 1967 Canadian senior men’s championships in Saskatoon.
As a result of his accomplishments in softball and his outstanding gentlemanly dedication to the sport, as well as his fine hockey career, he was inducted into the Bell Island Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 in the Athlete Category.
Edward John Kelly (Nov. 17, 1939 – Oct 2, 2014) It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden, but peaceful, passing of Edward John Kelly age 74 years, at his residence on October 2, 2014. Predeceased by his parents Owen and Aileen Kelly, brother Mike and brother-in-law William Kennedy. Left with loving memories are his wife Sandi, daughters Brenda (Todd Fisher) and their sons Matthew and Michael, Kim (Roger Smith) and their son Nathaneal, Noreen (Brian Hébert) and their sons Alex and Ryan and step-daughters Danielle and Elise, son Sean (Michelle Kelly) and their mother Betty Yetman, 2 step-sons David King (Heather, Josh and Sharri) and Jeffrey King (Regine), brothers Jim (Brenda), John, Owen (Vivian), Joe, sisters Iris (Michael Donohoe), Ellen Kennedy, Patricia (William Dwyer), Rose (Vic Soares), Peg, sister-in-law Marie Kelly and many other relatives and friends. Ed was a passionate athlete. On July 2011 he was inducted into the Nfld & Lab Athletics Association Hall of Fame. In 1982 he was inducted into the Nfld & Lab Softball Hall of Fame. In 1961 he was a very proud member of the St Pat’s hockey team who beat St. Bon’s for the coveted Boyle Trophy. He also took great pride in being inducted into the Bell Island Sports Hall of Fame. As well, he was a well-respected volunteer who served on the Janeway Board and Foundation and the St. John’s Health Care Corporation as founding member. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home 329 Freshwater Road with visitation on Sunday October 5 and Monday October 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 11:00 am from St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Parish. Interment to follow at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Bell Island. Donations in his memory may be made to the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. To send a message of condolence or to sign the memorial guest book please visit www.carnells.com.