John C. Kelly of South Buffalo had been a New York Yankees baseball fan since the days of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Sunday, Kelly watched his favorite team win the American League pennant and hoped to see his beloved Yanks win the World Series.
Kelly died Sunday (Oct. 13, 1996) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 76.
"He was a very sports-minded person," said his son James P. "He passed away right when the Yankees won the pennant."
Born in Buffalo, Kelly was a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.
He served in the Asia-Pacific Theater with the 20th U.S. Army Air Forces Regiment in World War II.
A postal clerk and supervisor for 30 years, Kelly was a member of the Post Office Catholic Club and Buffalo Chapter 153, National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He also was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Martin's Catholic Church.
Kelly was a horse-racing enthusiast and enjoyed gardening.
In addition to his son James, survivors include his wife, the former Doris M. Stressinger; another son, Robert M.; two brothers, Joseph and James; and five grandchildren.
Prayers will be scheduled Wednesday in Hoy Funeral Home, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in St. Martin's Church, 1140 Abbott Road.[wstmr]