Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Patrick's Obituary

My sweet Patrick’s obituary appeared in the Washington Post this morning.  I will miss him dearly.  Any and all are invited to his Memorial Service, which will be held on Friday, February 3 at 11 a.m. at The Falls Church.  Details on the service are on my previous post.

Here is the obituary from the Washington Post

November 29, 1977 – January 28, 2012 

On Saturday, January 28, 2012, beloved husband of Julie Cate Kelly and devoted father of Cecilia Kelly, cherished son of Timothy and Claire-Lise Kelly, and loving brother of JoAnn Kelly Ward and Christine Maurer. Patrick passed away at the National Institutes of Health after a 7-year battle with lymphoma brain cancer. He is deeply mourned by his family and friends, even as they rejoice in the certainty that he is now fully healed.

Patrick was an accomplished consultant and highly respected by his colleagues and clients. After graduating from James Madison University, he worked at Touchstone Consulting Group for seven years. He further developed his career at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.

A kind and adventurous spirit who lived life large, Patrick was a valued and integral member of communities wherever he lived - including Brentwood, TN, Richmond, VA, Durham and Charlotte, NC and the Northern Virginia area. He was dedicated especially to his church fellowship, most recently at Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at The Falls Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wilson Cancer Research Fund or the Ceci Memorial Fund. For more information, For more information, please visit and look on the “Memorial Funds” tab.

Here is the link to the actual article: Washington Post Article


  1. Julie ...

    Words fail me ...

    I suppose with the amount of the result of Gensis 3 in my life, I should have something to say ... well, I don't. Sin suck, death the wages of sin sucks, after my dog (Oscar in my profile pic) passed last August, maybe the purest grief (after sister and dad recently), I found myself desiring to have a confrontation with the two in the garden to ask, "Really?! Was it worth it?! Was the pain I feel now worth all that?!" Then a apprtiecation for the gift of Jesus, somehow in all the pain, the meaning to all those abract ideas became just a little more real to me.

    This sucks and there is no way to get around that. This is NOT what you envision at the Atler on your special day when you exchange your "I do's" and that promise unto death do you part is supposed to be far, far into the future.

    Well, I come to learn Gensis 3 suck and all that entails, but we have a hope!

    That hope you have talked about from "the front" at Kairos, that hope you've studied at Divinity School, Patrick Alexander Kelly hung on to in this last trial on this Earth, now that hope must go from intellectual 'head-knowledge' into 'heart-knowledge' -- but I know it will, for that is a gift of grace, independent of our weakness, just as the One Who Died to Give Us Life did it for me, I pray and trust He will give the grace to you.


    The "new normal" will be hard and you will miss your love and Cecilia's daddy, nothing will change that, but my hope and prayer for you is the promise of Jesus will be that much more real, as now that who conquering death thing become that more real to you.


    Not written in emotional triumphalism of some, but as one who cried into a pillow, in my own "dark night of the soul," but found own trust to be on the Rock and sure, with prayers your process yields simalar results in your trial of soul,


  2. An old obituary never fails to delight. I feel as if the entire community shared in the sadness at her passing. fundraising


Thanks for your prayers!