Former Weirton resident, Bernard Vincent Kelly, Sr., 87, of Follansbee, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at the Golden Oaks in Follansbee. Born April 7, 1917 in Noblestown, PA, he was the son of the late James F. and Alice Duffy Kelly. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Marie Kelly on March 15, 2003, whom he married November 23, 1950; brothers James C. Kelly in 1977 and infant Thomas Kelly; sister Mae Duvall in l969 and son-in-law Bob Heil February 28, 2003. Bernard retired 22 years ago from Weirton Steel where, for 31 years, he worked as a Safety Engineer. He also drove a delivery truck for Quimby’s Bakery and served in the Signal Corps. of the US Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Follansbee and St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton. Bernard was very active in local politics. For 11 years, he served as 2nd City Council Representative for the 4th Ward. For 6 years he served as Brooke County Commissioner. He also served as Brooke County Deputy Assessor and from 1982-1990, was elected to the WV House of Delegates where he was the founder of the Legislative Prayer Breakfast. He was a 3rd Degree Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus 3734 and was 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus 11919. He was a member of the Weirton Elks Lodge 1801, Weirton Moose Lodge 688, Evert Maki American Legion Post 10, V.F.W. 2716, Garibaldi Club, Theta Chi Alpha Fraternity, Boy Scouts of America, Follansbee Band Parents, Brooke Band Parents and the Kentucky Colonel. Bernard’s survivors include his sons James Charles Kelly and his wife Nan of Cape Coral, FL; Bernard Vincent Kelly, Jr. and his wife Cherie of Follansbee and Daniel Patrick Kelly and his wife Denise of Weirton; daughters Nancy Marie Heil and Ruth Ann Gianni and her husband Bob all of Weirton and 12 grandchildren. Friends will be received Thursday from 6-9PM and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 10AM at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church. Entombment will be at St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton where military services will be conducted by the Weirton V.F.W. Post 2716 Firing Squad and the Evert Maki American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be sent to Valley Hospice, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church or Madonna High School. Share tributes with his family at www.grecohertnick.com.

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  1. FAMILY OF BERNARD KELLY, SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND AND SUPPORTER OF ME WHEN I RAN FOR OFFICE . HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE FOR ALL. MY BROTHER CARL ENJOYED PLAYING CARDS WITH HIM. WE WILL BOTH MISS HIM. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. SINCERELY, CARL AND JERRY HAMILL

  2. Ruth and Family, Please know that I am thinking of you and yours during this difficult time. Our family always thought your Father was a great man. My dad considered him a true friend. My prayers are with you. Maureen

  3. The Kelly family, my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all for what you have been through in the last year. Your family should be a role model of how a family should stick together and continue to grow. You all support one another through it all. It is so irronic that I have personally crossed paths with all but Jim in the last few months. After growing up in the Cove/Edgewood area we still are friends. At the least you can be assured that your parents can once again be together in God’s hands. God Bless you all Mark and Jenny Cummings

  4. To the Kelly Family, We’re were sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. The Lahrs

  5. The Kelly family, my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all for what you have been through in the last year. Your family should be a role model of how a family should stick together and continue to grow. You all support one another through it all. It is so irronic that I have personally crossed paths with all but Jim in the last few months. After growing up in the Cove/Edgewood area we still are friends. At the least you can be assured that your parents can once again be together in God’s hands. God Bless you all Mark and Jenny Cummings Weirton, WV cumbo@comcast.net

  6. “When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.” This was your Dad–his heart, love, and smiles were huge and limitless. These will live on through his family. A very gentle man–a true gentleman. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs–

  7. I think Bernard knew more people than anyone I know! And, everyone soon knew how he loved Eleanor and you “kids” ! In addition to his many public activities, he served many years as an active county and state volunteer,and board member, with the old Tuberculosis League,which became the American Lung Assn. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  8. Kelley Family, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayer go out to all of you. Even though you may not think so he is in a better place now. God be with you all, Lee and Debbie (McCullough) Libengood

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