2016-08-24 / Obituaries

Barry Kelly

Barry Lee Kelly, 64, Commander, Aviator, USN, retired, died at his home in Crowley, TX, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

Barry was born in Margaret- ville. The Catskill Mountains influenced his life in many ways. He was the son of Richard Kelly of Margaretville and Gwen Kelly from Toronto, Canada, who was a nurse at the old Margaretville Hospital. He would spend much time in the village visiting with his grandparents, Arthur and Juanita Kelly, who operated Kelly’s Drug Store. He also continued to visit the Catskills hunting and fishing with his Uncle Lloyd at the Tuscarora Club in the Millbrook Valley and his brother on Lake Wawaka in Halcottsville.

He is survived by wife, Molly Meloy Kelly and his two sons. Lt. Alex and wife Anne Kelly, WO Phillip Kelly, his brother and sister-in-law, James and Susan Kelly and his mother, Gwen Kelly. He is sorely missed by a multitude of friends and colleagues.

The world has lost a true Renaissance man. An avid outdoors- man, Barry loved trout fishing, hunting and skiing, and has passed on this love to his two boys. When weather drove him inside he loved woodworking, and was an avid gamer before there even was such a thing. An engineer, a systems thinker, by inclination, education, and vocation, he delighted in providing answers to complex questions we weren’t yet smart enough to ask; most often with a twinkle in his eye. Later in life, he would take to the Texas skies in his private aircraft, or delight in a track day or car show with his latest performance car. Barry liked his toys.

Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from upstate NY, Barry pursued a degree in Ocean Engineering and was commissioned as a naval officer in 1973. He later transferred to naval aviation and earned the Gold Wings as a Naval Flight Officer in 1975. His naval aviation flying career was in the S-3 Viking carrier-based aircraft. He accumulated thousands of operational hours, hundreds of carrier traps, and innumerous life-long shipmates. He reveled in the tough assignments, yet always found a way to make you laugh. He was a valued member in every wardroom, earning the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), the Navy Commendation Medal (NCM) the Navy Achievement Medal (NAM), and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Following retirement from active duty, he melded his love of engineering and aviation in his work endeavors, starting with an advanced degree in Systems Science from SUNY Binghamton, as he prepared for his second career. Barry worked as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Bell Helicopter TEXTRON, and was well known in the DFW area as an expert in Performance Based Logistics and Supply Chain Management for naval aviation parts for Navy and Marine aircraft including the H-60 Nighthawk, the F-35 Lightning II, and the V- 22 Osprey.

A local Fort Worth memorial service and celebration is planned for Sunday, Sep 4, at 2 p.m. Visitation for friends and family will begin at 12:30 p.m. His body will be later transferred to Pensacola, Florida, where he will be buried with full military honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, on or about Friday, Sep 9.

In lieu of flowers it is recommended that friends make contributions to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

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