DONALD EARL KELLY, of 9625 Crystal Beach Road, Hammondsport, New York, passed away April 19 at Geneva General Hospital.

DONALD EARL KELLY, of 9625 Crystal Beach Road, Hammondsport, New York, passed away April 19 at Geneva General Hospital.

He was born in Corning, New York on August 1, 1941, the son of Fannie (Smith) Kelly and Darwin Kelly.

He completed his high school education at Painted Post High School, where he played varsity baseball and basketball.

Donald married Rosalia Pulvino on December 30, 1961 in Monterey, New York. He and his wife purchased personal and rental properties on Route 54 in Hammondsport, New York, where they operated owned and operated Glenview Market, which later became rental units and his wife’s studio and boutique shop.

He served four years in active & reserve training in the United States Army, retiring as a Corporal.

After completing five years of apprentice studies and classes in Ithaca, New York, he became a journeyman plumber and member of the Local Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union. His professional career took him all across the United States. As Project Manager, some of his most memorable undertakings include the Exxon and Mobile merger in Beaumont, Texas, overseeing the construction of the sewage plant in Key West, Florida, the preparation of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics Downhill Skying area, large commercial construction projects in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as many local commercial projects. Donald retired
in 1996.

While working and residing extended periods of time in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Nevada, he purchased and renovated several housing and
rental units.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Colleen (John) Webber and grandchildren Katlyn (Joshua) Ballance, Kyle and Jacob Webber of Hammondsport, New York, Courtney (Scott) Smith and great granddaughter “buggy” Andomeda Smith of Savona, New York, his sister Susan (Joe) Pless of Charlotte, North Carolina, and several nieces & nephews.

He is predeceased by his wife, Rosalia Kelly, his brothers James and Kenneth Kelly, and his parents.

“Don” maintained his love for sports, and thrived in the challenge and management of buying/selling/renting properties to the end. It was his lifeblood to remodel them to reflect the potential he saw in them, and pouring into them the life that only good times with family and friends can provide (especially if there’s a bonfire involved).

His ultimate lifetime achievement came into his hands in 2004 by good friend Jean Reagan, a two -story lakefront cottage in his familiar village of Crystal Beach on Keuka Lake that has served as a vacation rental and winter home for Don, lovingly called “Bompi” by his grandchildren, whose youngest memories remain at the beautiful lakeside village, where he has owned four properties. With immense renovations, bringing this cottage to fruition gave him as much life as he gave it. 

Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport.