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Raymond David Kelly – Wake Forest Obituary

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Raymond David Kelly

Feb 20, 1970 – Jan 6, 2017

Raymond (Ray) Kelly, 46, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at his home in Rolesville, NC after a courageous 21 month battle with brain cancer. He was born on February 20, 1970 and grew up in Tolland, CT.

Ray served in the Army National Guard for 8 years. His career began in the insurance industry where he developed his computer technical expertise at several insurance companies. He then worked for IBM where he became an experienced Project Manager and was known as one of the most technical professionals in the industry. He was successfully employed with IBM for many years.

Ray was a kind-hearted, funny and selfless person who made his family his first priority. He will always be remembered for his contagious sense of humor, his love for the Patriots and his passion for fishing. Ray was an active den leader while his boys’ were in Boy Scouts. He enjoyed coaching, volunteering and cheering for the boys’ hockey teams over the past 6 years.

A memorial service will be held at 6 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Harold Woodlief will officiate.

Ray is survived by his wife, Cara (McCune) Kelly of Rolesville, NC; sons, Derek (18), Ryan (16), and Jack (13); mother and step-father Shirley and George Horn of Tolland, CT; sister Brenda Norman of Marlborough, CT, and brother Walter Kelly and wife Allison Kelly of Marlborough, CT.

He is also survived by his niece Elizabeth Norman, great niece Alyzza Taylor of Manchester, CT; Ray’s loving in-laws Bud and Donna McCune of Fort Mill, SC and Jon and Jerlynn Greene of Durham, NC, his brother-in-law and wife Jay and Ellie McCune and nephews Aiden and Sam of CA and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ray was predeceased by his father Walter “Mike” Kelly.

The family will receive friends and family from 4 – 6 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Bright Funeral Home 405 South Main St. Wake Forest, NC, 27587. (919-556-5811) www.brightfunerals.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to the following organizations in memory of Ray:

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke
https://www.cancer.duke.edu/btc/makeagift.php#Onli…

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