Christopher John Kelley ALBANY, N.Y. — Christopher John Kelley, 58, of Rutland, VT, and Albany, NY, died in his home on Dec. 15, 2018. He was born on Nov. 21, 1960, in Rutland, the oldest son of Robert and Mary Therese (Ryan) Kelley. Chris was a 1978 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and in 1983, he received a bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College. He was a skilled lock for the Johnson State College Rugby team. He also played for the Mad River-Stowe Rugby team after he graduated from college. It is with them that he had the opportunity to travel abroad and play on the pitches of England and Wales in their Mad River Across England Tour. Chris was one of the founding members of the Rutland Area Rugby Club and he played with them for several years locally and in the Can-Am Tournament in Saranac, NY. In 2009, Chris relocated to Albany, NY, and he was employed with the Salvation Army and with Janitronics Inc. While in Albany, he volunteered at his church cooking meals for others on Thanksgiving and Christmas. He was an excellent cook. Chris enjoyed listening to music and he was an avid reader. He loved all things Red Sox, and he was a NY Giants fan. He enjoyed trout fishing the meandering streams of Dorset Hollow. He enjoyed hunting and hiking with his brother, Peter, and the crew who congregated at deer camp at Netop Farm in Dorset. He is survived by his brother, Peter Kelley and wife Monda, of Brandon; nephews Robert Kelley, of Afton, NY, Ryan Kelley, of Guilderland, NY; his sister, Mary Kay Olson, husband Edward Olson and niece Anna Olson, of Rutland. Christopher was preceded by his parents. In lieu of memorial contributions, please give a passing thought to, or help, someone who is struggling or may need a mentor, a sponsor or a friend. A graveside service will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Rutland at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Clifford Funeral Home.

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