Philip Cheever Michael Patrick Kelly, 68, died peacefully at his home in Eaton on Aug. 31, 2013.
Phil was born Jan. 12, 1945, the son of Doris and Maurice Kelly, of Jackson. Phil was a proud Jackson native who lived most of his adult life in Eaton. Phil attended Kennett High School and would have celebrated his 50th class reunion this September.
While at Kennett High School he was an outstanding athlete who excelled in all sports and made the all-state football team as a fullback. He was an elegant skier who used the "reverse rotation" technique which caused even Arthur Doucette to remark on his skills. His life's passion had to do with the little white ball that he must have struck 10,000 times. He played golf from the time he could walk and was a legend at the Wentworth caddy shack and the land of "Don Ho." The word "mulligan" was not in his vocabulary.
In 1979, Phil and his wife JoAnn, purchased the Eaton Village Store, which they ran for several years. In 2006, he returned to the Eaton Village Store following his years at Phil's Phase III. It was there that he earned the reputation of making one of the best burgers in New England. When he returned to the Eaton Village Store patrons came from miles around to have one of Phil's great breakfast and of course his best burger. Phil was a great storyteller with a quick wit, which was a special side order that people really enjoyed. Phil loved the woods and all of its wildlife. He hunted and fished in his favorite hills and streams of Mount Washington Valley. He was very knowledgeable about the birds in our area and he would often be heard quizzing someone as to what kind of bird was at the feeders, of which he had many. During the last two years, he worked at The Eagle Mountain House Golf Course in the pro shop. Once again he had the opportunity to strike that little white ball a few more times.
Phil was an active member of the Eaton Conservation Committee, a staunch supporter of the Kennett High School Boosters Club, and taught skiing for the ESSC school program.
Phil is survived by his lifelong love, JoAnn Kelly; his sons Joshua Kelly, of Scarborough, Maine, Lee Kelly, of South Korea, Matthew Kelly, of Portland, Ore., and his daughter, Jennifer Kelly, of Eaton. He was enormously proud of his children.
Phil also leaves behind his brothers, Paul Kelly, of Hillsborough, and Roger Perry, of Wisconsin, and a sister, Esther (Jane) Musselman, of Wyoming. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and at least a million friends, as well as a host of magnificent memories for all of us share and carry on in his honor.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Furber and White Funeral Home, Charles Sutton, director, in North Conway from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in North Conway. There will be a gathering following the funeral service at The Eagle Mountain House Hotel in Jackson.
In lieu of flowers send donations to the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, 1245 Bald Hill Road, Conway, NH, 03818.
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