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Christopher C. Kelly
November 06, 2022


Christopher C. Kelly, 63, of New Bedford, died unexpectedly doing what he loved being outside in nature on Sunday, November 6, 2022. He was a devoted husband to his wife Michelle (Mentzer) Kelly. Best Dad to his beloved daughter Lauren, his "million dollars". Born in New Bedford, son of the late MacNeil and Barbara (Bussey) Kelly, he lived in New Bedford all of his life.

Chris took Michelle and Lauren on endless adventures. He enjoyed everything outdoors including kayaking, camping, hiking through nature and long walks around Buttonwood Park. Chris also enjoyed fishing with his buddy Bob and Sunday breakfasts with his son Steve. He loved cruising, going out to eat and listening to live music with his friends. Chris was always the life of the party at the annual Kellapalooza. His interests included playing darts, horseshoes and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #914 and a past member of the Elks Lodge #73 and the Washington Club. He was first in his carpentry class being one of the last graduates from the old New Bedford Voke in 1977.

Everyone who knew Chris felt his kind, patient, and generous nature. Making time to show up for anyone in need. His humor and laughter were infectious to those to around him and those that knew him have their own stories to cherish.

Chris worked for his dad at MacNeil D Kelly and Son contractors when he got out of school before owning his own business CCK Master Builder for many years. Currently, he worked at New Bedford Housing Authority for 23 years as the maintenance supervisor.

Survivors include his wife Michelle; his daughters Lauren Kelly and Kristy Vieira; his son Steven Kelly of New Bedford; his sister Karen Smith of New Bedford; his brother Donald Kelly and wife Chevelle of Dartmouth; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

His visiting hours will be on Wednesday, November 16th from 4-7PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. A short service will be held in the funeral home at 7PM. Celebration of life to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Red Cross or please consider planting a tree in Chris' memory (

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Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Homes
495 Park Street
New Bedford, MA 02740