Richard J. Kelley passed away peacefully Dec. 31, 2013, at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

He was born in Boston, Mass. May 22, 1935 to Clara (Wark) Kelley and Woodrow  "Woodie" Kelley. Richard was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Raymond Kelley and Woodrow “Buster“ Kelley, his wife Carol Anne (Cash) Kelley in May, 2000, and his daughter Michelle Albano in 2011.

Richard leaves behind his sister Deborah Talbot, who lives in Florida with her husband, Cecil and their son Tripp. He also leaves behind five other children, Cathy Hatt, Michael Kelley, Eileen Kelley, Richard “Rick” Kelley, and Patrick Kelley; and daughters-in-law,  Annie Kelley, Donna Kelley and Michelle Kelley. He was a grandfather to 14 grandchildren, Forest Brown, William Brown, Valerie Brown, Jessie Brown, Aaron Kelley, Gregory Clements, Paige Kelley, Peter Kelley, Gabriel Kelley, Andrew Kelley, Allison Kelley, Austin Albano, Hayden Albano and Brennan Albano; and great-grandchildren, Tamika, Kasandra, Caleb and Carol. He was a great-great grandfather to Logan. Richard also leaves behind his companion Ellen Porter and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

He graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast in 1953. After high school, Richard was a member of the Air Guard in Bangor. He was a life member with the I.O.R.M. Tarratine Tribe holding the position of great sachem two different terms. He enjoyed the activity and the botherhood of the organization.

He worked for the state of Maine as a poultry inspector.

Richard, throughout his life, had many interests. Some of these included hunting, fishing, lobstering, snowmobiling, auctioning, buying and selling collectibles, and watching his kids and grandkids compete in local sports. He also enjoyed playing with and caring for dogs (Serge, Pepe and Ollie). Richard had a quick wit and a great intellect that made him a source of information for friends and family alike. Richard liked to have projects to do and often could be found working on most anything. When he wasn’t tinkering, he enjoyed crossword puzzles or watching movies.

There will be a remembrances of Richard at the Tarratine Tribe building in Belfast at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 10, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please come with a thought or story to share.