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James S. "Jimmy" Kelaher
  • Jericho (Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults)
    PO Box 1039
    Holyoke, MA 01041
  • Sunshine Village
    75 Litwin Lane
    Chicopee, MA 01020

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“With deepest sympathies ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Michael Colbert - Washington, DC

“My dearest Jimmy... the past 5yrs spent with you have been the most amazing and eye opening. You have taught me so much about life and to truly...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Lacey Woodrum - Holyoke, MA

“What a guy he was. Great smile just like his mother. He had a great family and a sister that was clearly a godsend to him. God Bless him and Gigi as...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: laureen urekew - pittsburg, NH

“GiGiI am so very sad about Jimmy's passing. He was always so happy to see everyone.... You were a wonderful "sister"..... I am so happy to have had...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: JoAnn Fournier - Holyoke, MA

“I remember many years ago stopping in Holyoke to see Aunt Claire and Jimmy. he was so excited to learn that his "cousin" was coming to visit. When...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Ellen Piperata - Phillipsburg, NJ


HOLYOKE: James S. "Jimmy" Kelaher, Jr., 56, of Holyoke died peacefully on December 29, 2016. Born in Washington, DC, April 15, 1960 the son of the late Atty. James Smith Kelaher, Sr. and Claire (Moriarty) Kelaher, Jimmy attended Holyoke Public Schools and enjoyed 28 years at Sunshine Village. Jimmy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving sister and best friend, Marjorie "Gigi" Kelaher, of Alexandria, VA and Holyoke, MA; along with several cousins. Jimmy was also predeceased by a special Aunt, Marjorie Moriarty. Jimmy's life revolved around his family and group homes where he thrived on time spent with his sister and "his staff" at 10 Meadowview. He taught us all immeasurable lessons in compassion and that the simplest things in life can truly bring you the most joy. His winning smile, sharp wit and genuine love of people will live forever in our hearts. The family would like to express its sincerest gratitude to the countless number of individuals that supported Jimmy throughout his lifetime. A very special thank you to Elizabeth "Ellie Elizabeth" Diaz-Colondres, simply put, "the best." There will be a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, Holyoke at 10:00AM on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Burial will follow at Saint Jerome Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Donations may be made to Sunshine Village, 75 Litwin Lane, Chicopee, MA 01020 or JERICHO (Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults), P.O. Box 1039, Holyoke, MA 01041.