1971 - 2021
Robert ‘Bobby’ Scott Kelly, 49, was born on October 17, 1971 and passed away on July 3, 2021. Bobby is survived by his parents: Bobette and Donald Kelly, Sr.; his siblings: Susan Kelly, Donald Kelly, Jr., and Kimberly Martinez; and his nieces and nephews: Cassie, Kelly, Nikki and Paige Fraser, Skylar, Maximo and Jack Martinez, and Christine Callan “the love of his life.” He was a proud father to his three children: Cayden, Anisa and Celina Kelly.
Bobby was born & raised in Bellerose. He was educated in Queens Public Schools and attended Martin Van Buren High School.
Bobby was good with his hands and could fix anything. He loved our father’s tools! He started tinkering with bicycles at a very young age, progressing to dirt bikes, quads, and eventually cars. His sister, Kim, has fond memories of stepping on his many match box cars left all over house to include the bathtub. He always had several cars and was invariably working on one or the other. Bobby was a talented stone setter by trade.
Bobby loved good food, always cooking for family friends, he was famous for his Spanish rice dish which was requested often by all his nieces and nephews. He loved grilling, especially ribs with his favorite homemade BBQ sauce, courtesy of his mom.
Bobby and Donny were not only brothers, they were friends! They covered for each other as kids and had each other’s back as adults. One memory is adolescent Bobby deciding he was going to take Dad’s car for a spin while Dad was away camping. Donny thought this was not a good idea and decided to close the garage door to stop Bobby…. needless to say, this did not end well. Dad was camping when someone came to find him in the woods to tell him you have a call from home, one of your kids drove your car though the garage door, your wife didn’t say who. Dad replied, it was Bobby. Of course Bobby and Donny had no idea who did this.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with Bobby. We could pick up right where we left off, even if weeks or months had passed since our last deep conversation and knew the other would always be there for the other, no judgements, no questions asked, just support. Bobby taught me about loyalty and trust, he was protective of me. I was five years older than Bobby. When he was 6, he packed up a few things and said he was running away. I followed him to the corner and asked what his plans were, he said, Sue, I don’t know, I’m not allowed to cross the street.
Bobby’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.
Bobby was a joyful and vivacious person who would want his life to be celebrated with family and friends.
Bobby will be remembered by many as a charming, affectionate, sociable, kind soul with a contagious smile. He will be missed!
Thursday, July 8
2:00 - 4:30 PM & 7:00 - 9:30 PM
New Hyde Park Funeral Home
506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY
Friday, July 9
Life Lutheran Church
1 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY