Thomas B. Kelley, Jr.

  • Died: May 16, 2020
  • Location: Auburndale, Florida

James A. Murphy & Son Funeral Home

1020 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

info@jmurphyfh.com
Tel. (617) 265-9840

Tribute & Message From The Family


Former Proprietor of The Dorchester Flower Shop

Kelley, Thomas B. Jr. Died peacefully at home in Auburndale, Florida on Saturday, May 16, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 77 years.

Tom was formerly of Hingham and Dorchester.

He was the beloved husband, best friend and companion of Kathleen T. (Naughton) Kelley.

Son of the late Thomas B. Kelley and Marie A. (McGowan) Kelley.

Dear brother of Maureen and her husband Paul Kilroy of Sharon, Kevin and his wife Susan Kelley of Tiverton, RI, Kathleen Haffner and her late husband George Haffner of Auburndale, FL, and the late Margaret "Peggy" Kelley-Shuman. Brother-in-law of Tarek Shuman of Naples, FL.

Devoted father to John Christopher Sheehan of Boston and Deborah Ellen Sheehan of Revere.

Loving Grandfather of Lauren, Rachel and Ashley O'Brien and great-grandfather of Fiona Glass.

Survived by several nieces and nephews.

Tom was born and raised in Dorchester, MA. He was educated in the Boston Public Schools and attended Boston English High School. After graduating high school Tom worked for Sears, Roebuck and Company, and then Eastern Airlines. In 1963 Tom joined the United States Navy, and during his service he received the National Defense Service Medal. Tom took over the Dorchester Flower Shop in 1969 after the death of his father.

A private committal service and interment will be held in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So Sorry to hear of the passing of Tom he was a great guy lots of memories at rock Hill love and prayers go out to your family sorry I didn't see this sooner God bless you all

Posted by Bernadette Diamond - Dorchester, MA - Family Friend   August 14, 2020

We will miss you Tommy...we have a lot of fond memories of the times we shared at 1061 Dot Ave and the flower shop. Thanks for your smile, laughter, love and hospitality...Kathy, you will be in our hearts thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Joanie Pugsley Bailey - Braintree, MA - Family Friend   May 27, 2020

Tom was one in a million... generous, hospitable and fun to be around. Kathy, my heart breaks for you and I will keep both of you in my heart and in my prayers. I'm so sorry.
Tricia Moran Donovan

Posted by A friend   May 26, 2020

Kathy.. so so sorry to hear of Tom's Passing.. I am at a loss for words - Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Margaret Griffin - bedford, MA   May 26, 2020

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing.
So many wonderful memories of celebrations that ended in the Kelley's kitchen on Sagamore St, Dorchester days at the flower shop and our traditional cocktail and photo on Thanksgiving Day.
Tom's smile and laugh were one I will always remember so fondly.
Love and prayers to Kathy and all of the Kelley family ❤

Posted by Marjorie Edwards McCarthy - Savin Hill, MA - Family Friend   May 25, 2020

So many fond memories of Tom, the get-togethers, parties, Maine, Water Country and tuna sandwiches LOL! So glad we got to spend time with you in Florida this past winter. You were always so nice to Natalie and I. We will miss him dearly. Happy Birthday in Heaven. ❤

Posted by Mary & Natalie    May 24, 2020

Dear Kathy I am stunned that I came across Toms obit quite by accident. As he and my Dad would say I was cruising the Florist Financial pages! He and I spoke about a year ago shortly after Peggy passed. He was the same old Tom and I loved him deeply. Dorchester Ave has never been the same without Madame Queen and now Big Tom. My deepest sympathy. Ruth Louise Kilduff.

Posted by Ruth Kilduff - Rockport, MA - Family Friend   May 24, 2020

You will be greatly missed. One of the best men I have ever known. Someday I'll get that Mercedes and Auntie and I decided I will name it Tom...

Posted by Kelly Naughton - Summerville, SC   May 22, 2020

Always sad to lose a close friend from the past,many good memories, deepest condolences to your entire family especially Maureen,Kathy and Kevin.

Posted by jim and ellen mc gowan - marthas vineyard, MA - Family Friend   May 22, 2020

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There are too many memories to share of my dear Godfather and Dorchester Ave. I know one of your favorites to tell was your memory of my running down the back stairs as a young kid and letting the door slam behind me as I ran out into the backyard. I can still hear the sound it made. I hope you are happily reunited with the many family members and friends who have gone before you. There surely must be a great party going on right about now. Rest In Peace Sweet Man. Love, Heather (Pugsley) Montross

Posted by Heather Montross - Middleboro, MA - Family Friend   May 22, 2020

My condolences to all Tommy's friends and family. I am glad to have known him as an upstairs neighbor and part of my extended family for 17 years.

Arthur Pugsley, Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2020

Posted by Arthur Pugsley - Los Angeles, CA - Neighbor   May 22, 2020

Love you Uncle Tom, you were am an amazing man and will be deeply missed!

Posted by Patty Naughton - Providence, RI   May 22, 2020

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There are no words to express how saddened we are. I feel as tho I have been a part of the Kelley family most of my life. We lived in his house for many years on Dorchester Ave, our kids grew up in that house and went on to college, so many memories and good times were shared there, and oh those Dorchester Day Parade parties were the best. We also enjoyed visiting you in Florida when we could and always got together in the summer when you two came up here for vacation. We love Tommy and always will. Thank you Kelley family for sharing him with us.
Love always
Donna and Skip Pugsley

Posted by Donna Pugsley - Rockland, MA - Friend   May 22, 2020

Dear Tom, we were so privileged to have know you. You were a happy go lucky gentle giant. Always so kind and mindful of others. Our time with you and Kathy were always special times. You will be sorely missed by us. Love you Tom Kelley! Cindy and Deb

Posted by Cindy Dearth - Auburndale, FL - Family Friend   May 21, 2020


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My condolences to all Tommy's friends and family. I am glad to have known him as an upstairs neighbor and part of my extended family for 17 years. Arthur Pugsley, Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2020