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James A. Kelly

June 29, 1968 ~ March 13, 2021 (age 52)

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James A. Kelly

James (Jim Jim) (Jimmy) A. Kelly of Pelham NH, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on March 13, 2021.

Born on June 29, 1968, in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late James N. Vittum and the late Eleanor G. (Benoit) Kelly. He was also the brother of the late John J. “Jack” Kelly.

Affectionately known as “Jimmy” and “Jim Jim” by his family and friends, he was a logger by trade for 25 years. Jimmy attended the Pelham School System where everyone wanted to be him or be his friend! He enjoyed spending time with family and his many friends. He loved the outdoors, four wheeling, snowmobiling, motorcycles, bonfires, horseshoes, baseball, dancing and listening to loud rock music, and of course the times spent with his most loyal canine companion Jake, who was by his side for many years. 

Famously known for his infectious smile and big heart, he would take over any place he would encounter with his high-spirited energy. Jimmy was a true friend to many and brought laughter to everyone he met. His larger-than-life persona and trademark smile will never be forgotten.

Jimmy never wavered in life; he lived life to the fullest and most importantly on his terms. 

He is survived by two sisters Denise E. Field of Pelham, NH  and Darlene E. Kelly of Nashua NH; a brother James N. Vittum, Jr. and his wife Estelle of Derry NH; a sister in-law Nancy E. Kelly of Milford, NH; six nieces and nephews Chelsi J. Fogarty, Dylan J. Fogarty, Joshua J. Morrison; James J. Rondeau; Jacy Amenkowicz and John J Kelly Jr; 3 grand nieces and nephews; Elias-Kelly Amenkowicz, Abigail D. Amenkowicz, and Maddison E. Morrison; Longtime close  friend Lori M. Distasio and her three sons; Stephen, Joseph and Matthew Perrotti.

The family of Jimmy wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to Lori for being his rock; he loved and trusted you dearly.  We love you. You will always be family to us.

Friends and family may attend calling hours at the Pelham Funeral Home, located at 11 Nashua Road in Pelham, NH on March 28, 2021 from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM.  A “Celebration of Life” to follow at the American Legion located at 32 Windham Road, Pelham NH. 

E-condolences can be submitted to Those who wish to make a donation in his memory may do so to the Pelham Food Pantry located at St. Patrick’s Church, 12 Main Street, Pelham, NH 03076. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (603) 635-3333. 























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March 28, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Pelham Funeral Home
11 Nashua Road
Pelham, NH 03076

Celebration of Life
March 28, 2021

2:00 PM
American Legion Post 100
32 Windham Road
Pelham, New Hampshire 03076


Pelham Food Pantry at St. Patrick Parish
12 Main Street, Pelham, New Hampshire 03076,

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