2013-05-15 / Obituaries

Donovan B. Kelly


Donovan Blaise Kelly, 71, died May 2, 2013 in Hamilton, Va.

He was born December 12, 1941 in Erie, Pa.

He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for 31 years and was Chief of Public Affairs when he retired in 1997.

He wrote monthly lifestyle and humor columns for the Morgan Messenger, winning several awards for his essays. He also wrote a monthly column for élan Magazine and was a contributor to the Washington Post.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Panameroff Kelly; his mother Esther Luther Kelly; one son, Donovan Michael Kelly; one daughter, Kathleen Perri Scafidi; three grandchildren, Alice Louise Ellison Kelly Miller, Isabella Daria Scafidi and Elijah Luther Scafidi; two brothers, Roger L. Kelly and Tom L. Kelly; one sister, Patricia J. Kelly and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Roger M. Kelly and one brother, Jerry L. Kelly.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service or to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Purcellville, Va.

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