Amesbury, MA — James H. Kelley, 88, devoted husband of 62 years to Alison (Cossaboom), passed away on August 31, 2012, after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jim was born on August 28, 1924, in Everett, the son of the late James L. Kelley and Eugenie (Doucet) Kelley. At Somerville High School he discovered an interest in radio and electronics. He graduated from Tufts University in 1946 with a degree in physics. His graduation had been delayed by service in World War II, during which time he served in the Navy. After the war he established his own TV sales and service business in Woburn.
Jim and Alison lived in North Reading, and later in Reading and Wakefield, where they raised their family. The family spent summers in Five Islands, Maine at the cottage that Jim and Alison purchased in the 1950s.
He was a member of the Electronics Technicians Guild (ETG), and published the ETG News each month for many years. After more than a decade in the television business, he began a second career as a technical writer and editor for the Raytheon Company in Andover and Burlington. He greatly enjoyed this work, and was proud of the publications which he oversaw as a Raytheon contractor for the Department of Transportation in Cambridge.
Jim and his wife Alison moved to Amesbury in 1991 after they retired. Interested in local history wherever he lived, he became involved with the Amesbury Carriage Museum, and served as its treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Amesbury Improvement Association for which he served as membership chairman. When he was introduced to computers in the 1990s, he embraced the technology, and used it to create brochures and other publicity for the organizations in which he was involved. His interest in photography prompted him to create slideshows about local history which he presented to the residents of area nursing homes. He was featured in the Newburyport Daily News in 2002 for his civic work.
Jim was a kind and gentle man with a lively curiosity and a dry wit. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by his parents, and by his brothers Harold and Willard. Besides his wife Alison, he is survived by three daughters; Janet Geanoulis and husband Alec of Amesbury, Anita Anzuoni and husband Sean of Bedford, and Karen Martel and husband Bruce of Saco, Maine; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth and Nicholas Geanoulis of Amesbury, Adam and Jonathan Anzuoni of Bedford, Jesse Moriarity of Bangor, Maine, Nathan Hankla of Portland, Maine, and Kristen Rice of Georgetown, Maine; three great-grandchildren; Ethan Canniff, Noah Moriarity, and Madeline Rice; sister Eleanor Collins of Weymouth, and brother Donald Kelley of Huntersville, NC.
ARRANGEMENTS: A period of visitation will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 12 to 1 P.M. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, immediately followed by services at the funeral home at 1 P.M. with burial in Union Cemetery, Amesbury. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.