NRCS NJ Bulletin Board
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the New Jersey agricultural community have lost a dear friend and colleague. After a courageous and inspiring fight with cancer, Resource Conservationist (Agronomy) Fred Kelly died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Born November 14, 1955 in Towanda Township, PA, Fred was 58 years old.
A graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, Fred started his career with NRCS (when it was still the Soil Conservation Service) in 1980, and spent the next 33 years sharing his technical expertise with co-workers, partners, and New Jersey farmers. Fred was both knowledgeable and personable, which made working with him a pleasure. He was known as a gentle, kind, generous person who loved his family, the outdoors, sports and so much more.
Fred is survived by Ellen Kelly, his wife of 32 years, son Joseph of New York City, daughter Laura of Hoboken, NJ, sisters Lynn Kelly of New York City, Carol Kelly of Hopewell, NJ and Geri Kelly-Gross of Topanga, CA. Visitation will be Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed by Funeral Services at 2:00 at the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main St. Lebanon, NJ (908-638-6242). Memorial contributions can be sent to Seva www.seva.org, Best Friends Animal Shelter in Utah www.bestfriends.org, or the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.