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Henry F. 'Coach' Kelly, 93, Stratford Resident

Henry F. “Coach” Kelly
Henry F. “Coach” Kelly Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. — Stratford resident Henry F. “Coach” Kelly died on Friday, April 29. He was 93.

He was born in Great Neck, N.Y., to Peter and Jenny Kelly,

Kelly, who moved to Connecticut in 2003, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participated in the D-Day landing on Normandy in the first landing wave where he was called upon as a medic. He also participated in the Battle of Okinawa and survived a kamikaze attack on his ship. 

Following the war, he graduated from New York University with a degree in physical education and health and would later receive his Masters. 

He taught physical education and health for 36 years at Great Neck South Middle School on Long Island and coached both their football and basketball teams. 

He is survived by wife, Nell, and children, Nancy Goyette and her husband, Kenneth of Waterbury and Kathleen Dunne and her husband, Stephen.

He also is survived grandchildren Megan, Christina, Jessica, Colleen, Rebecca and Naomi. 

He was predeceased by a daughter Maureen Herrmann and three brothers. 

Visitation is Wednesday, May 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road in Fairfield. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Military honors will conclude the service. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Young Life or Special Olympics.

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