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John "Kelley" O'Grady

OGDENSBURG-A celebration of life for John “Kelley” O’Grady, 61, of Ogdensburg will be held at a time and place to be announced.  Mr. O’Grady died on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Emergency Room after being stricken at home. 

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

John Kelley O’Grady or Kelley as he was widely known, was born on March 14, 1957, in Miami, Florida.   He was the son of the late Eugene “Pucker” and Marcelle (Jarry), O’Grady.   He attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and earned his G.E.D., he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1976.   He went on to study at Canton ATC, where he played Ice Hockey.  Kelley was an avid golfer, he played courses all over the North Country; from Lake Placid to Plattsburgh, Deerfield in Heuvelton and Emerald Greens where among his favorite.   He was big fan of Clarkson Hockey and rarely missed a game.   He loved athletics and played Slow and Fast Pitch Softball at many tournaments and travel teams over the years.   He also coached Ogdensburg Minor Hockey in his younger years.    He enjoyed his property on the Lost Village Road, he enjoyed tending to his yard and to his many animals.  For a time he raised huskies and was currently raising ducks.   Most of all he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and fiancé’ Sue.

He is survived by his Fiance’ Sue Green, his children; John Kelley O’Grady Jr. and his Fiance’ Pamela Barlow of Raymondville, Jessica Lynn O’Grady and her companion Drew Bertrand of Lisbon and Michael Gladle and his companion Alexa Cross of Ogdensburg, NY.   He is survived by his step-daughters; Karalee Adler (Kelley) of Tampa, FL and Kaila J. King of Hammond.    He is survived by two brothers; Dennis O’Grady of Ogdensburg and Eugene O’Grady of Syracuse.    His grandchildren; Kiersen, Rowyn, Ava, Natalie, Parker, Liam and Logan also survive him.

He was predeceased by his sister; Mary Sheilyn Parmeter.


Donations in Kelley’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Online condolences may be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com.

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My condolences to Sue and the OGrady family.

Jack Giltinan Mar 23 2019 12:00 AM

J.K, Jess and all of the OGrady family,
We are so very sorry to learn of your dads passing. The Amos and OGradys go back a long way. So many memories. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sure he is now walking barefoot in heaven and smiling down on his family. Love Jim & Kate

Jim & Kate Amo Feb 1 2019 12:00 AM

Oh Kelley, so many good times together, way too many to list.... Jessy and JK he sure was a classic. RIP, and we'll all remember " the drunk is still playing."

Steve Lemieux Jan 31 2019 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to the O'Grady family.Lots memories w/ Kelly from grade school to minor hockey to fast pitch softball. 50 yrs of good times..Rip my friend.

Matt Demers Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to the O'Grady family for your loss he will be missed

Merrill Bresett Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

In your lifetime, you meet a few people that are larger than life, one of a kind characters, and clearly, Kelley was one of those people. My thoughts are prayers are with your entire family, and I am very sorry for your loss...

Scott Sargent Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Kelley's passing, my husband Charlie knew him for many years, they played softball together for many years. He was a fun loving kind sole. We will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Kelly and Charlie Spriggs Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

Kelly, you were one of a kind. Whenever we crossed paths I knew we were in for one heck of a good time. You had talents that many of us could only hope for. Rest in peace my friend. God Bless.

Ernie Jeneault Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

RIP GOLF PARTNER- sorry for your loss to JK and Jess, MIchael,Dennis,Sue and all the rest of family. Your golf buddies will miss u. Enjoy your rounds of golf withour lategood friend Marc Montroy.My thoughts are with all who Kelly touched. His stories will be continued to be told forever. We had many! RIP BUDDY

Jon Frederick "Wolf" Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to JK, Jess and the O'Grady family. He was an incredible character, larger than life!!

ROBERT POWERS Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

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