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ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Mourns the Loss of Mark Kelley, a Former Selectman and Active Volunteer

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STOUGHTON MOURNS MARK KELLEY: The Town of Stoughton has lost one of its most active citizens. 

Mark Kelley, a former Selectman, and a long-time town meeting member and precinct chairman, succumbed to a myriad of health issues on Saturday, September 8 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. 

Kelley, who was a member of the Open Space Committee, was known as someone who would look at a problem and come up with solutions, while working with those on opposite sides of the problem. 

Residents of Stoughton poured out their grief on my Facebook page, and in messages to About Town. 

Town Meeting and Disability Commission member Carin Klipp wrote, “I will miss him deeply. God bless his family.” 

Selectman John Anzivino added, “Condolences to the Kelley family, may Mark Rest in Peace.” 

Town Meeting and Conservation Commission member Dori Frankel said, “So sad. Mark was a voice of reason, and such a nice guy. R.I.P. Mark, you will be missed by so many.” 

Former Stoughton Fire Chief Bill Stipp, writing from his home in Colorado, said, “A great man was lost, but to those that knew him - it was always more than being great. He was a genuinely kind man.”

Adds Sharon Fradkin of the Sharon/Stoughton League of Women Voters, “Mark was a good person, who made sense, was intelligent, and a calming influence. He will be missed!”

The memorial service will be Saturday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton. Burial at sea will occur on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Falmouth, MA.

Kelley's full obituary from the website, can be found below:

Mark Edmund Kelley, former Stoughton Selectman and longtime Town Meeting Representative, died the day after his 58th birthday, Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Good Samaritan Medical Center following an extended illness.

Mark lived his entire life in Stoughton and was active in political and social circles.

He attended St. Mary's School in Stoughton and graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood.

Following his graduation from Bentley College in Waltham with a degree in accounting, he held an executive tax position with Cumberland Farms, Inc., at its national headquarters in Canton.

He will be remembered as a generous, gregarious, and family-oriented man, who embraced public service selflessly.

No one was a more ardent fan of the New England Patriots football team.

He was the son of the late Stoughton Town Moderator William J. Kelley Jr. and Leona Kelley. He is survived by his sister Pamela Murphy of Santa Monica, CA, and his brothers Dr. William J. Kelley III of Miami, FL, and Brian L. Kelley of Falmouth, MA, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, 122 Canton St., Stoughton on Saturday, September 22 at 10:30 a.m. Burial at sea will occur on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Falmouth, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark's memory may be sent to Joslin Diabetes Center, Development Office, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton or www.joslin.org.

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CONDOLENCES: To Stoughton's Seth Curtis, former webmaster for PMPNetwork.com, on the death of his beloved mom, Marianne.  To Stoughton's David Steinberg, on the death of his beloved mother, Elinore. And, to Stoughton's Christine Curtis on the death of her beloved Uncle Joe.

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John D. Anderson September 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
At the first former Stoughton Selectman dinner held at Town Hall three years ago I had the honor of joining five former Selectman at my table. One of those was Mark Kelly. My intention was to garner information from each of them as to how they addressed issues that came before them during their service. I also sought advice concerning those issues that were before us. I found Mark to be affable and a great source of information. Mark was "Stoughton" through and through. His knowledge and focus for the Town was exempletary. He will be missed. John D. Anderson. Former Selectman

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