Bernard Patrick KellyPassed away peacefully on December 6, 2017 at the age of 84. Bernard was born on August 2, 1933, the second of seven children of Irish immigrants Bernard and Mary Kelly. He is survived by his son John Kelly, his step-daughters Marsha Heckman, Cathy Obiedo, and Claudia Allin, his 13 Grand and Great- Grandchildren and his siblings Dolores Ernser, Walter Kelly, Kathleen Carouba and Thomas Kelly. He was preceded in death by his wife Diane Kelly and his sisters Susan Kennedy and Mary Hudson.
Born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco, Bernard attended St. Paul’s Grammar School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1951 – where he was a stand-out athlete. After high school, he spent two years in the U.S. Army before going to the University of California Berkeley on a baseball scholarship. As a star center fielder, Bernard was integral in helping the Bears win the 1957 College World Series, and was later signed by the St. Louis Cardinals. Bernard quickly rose through the Cardinals’ Minor League system – on his way to the Major Leagues when an injury prematurely ended his career.
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