Deacon Brian Kelly, 82

BRIDGEPORT– Deacon Brian J. Kelly, Ph.D., age 82, of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Born in Meriden to the late Joseph Kelly and Marguerite Bengston Kelly, he was a lifelong area resident and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.

Dr. Kelly ran his own psychology practice with a focus on Dr. Murray Bowen Family Systems. He was an ordained Deacon and served for 30 years at St. Luke Church in Westport. He was also a longtime member of Fayerweather Yacht Club and served as the Chaplain for several years.

“It is with sadness I must inform you of the death of Deacon Brian J. Kelly, Ph.D. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Kelly and for the consolation of his family,” Bishop Caggiano said in his announcement to diocesan clergy..

He is survived by his children, Justin Kelly and his wife Judith, Bronwyn Kelly and her husband, Adam Woods and Whitney Kelly; sister, Patsy Kelly; grandchildren, Bryce Kelly and Wyatt and Vivian Woods; nephews, Patrick and Casey King; and dear friend, Linda “Charlie” Davison. He was predeceased by his brother, Dennis Kelly.

Deacon Brian will lie in repose at St. Luke Church, 49 N. Turkey Hill Rd. in Westport from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2023. The Deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport will gather to pray at 6:30 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Monsignor Robert Kinnally, Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgeport, on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the church, with a reception immediately following the Mass in the church’s community room. Interment with Military Honors will be held privately at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.

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