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Patrick Raleigh Kelly

September 9, 1921 - May 19, 2017

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Patrick Raleigh Kelly a native of San Francisco died peacefully on May 19, 2017. Born on September 9, 1921 to Ella Cook and James R. Kelly, the fifth of eight children. He was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School class of 1939. In 1942, he joined the Coyote Point Merchant Marine Academy, as a cadet. During World War II he served in Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Middle East war zones. Upon returning to San Francisco he studied at San Francisco Law School and received his LLB and JD in 1952. In January 1955, he was appointed Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. He served in that capacity for 22 years, took an early retirement and went into private practice. At the age of 80 he hung up his shingle to enjoy his golden years. He was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy, his parents, siblings and their spouses. Patrick was the dearest husband of Susie(Charlotte) for 61 years, beloved father of Daniel(Glenna), Jeanne Deignan(Patrick), James L. Kelly and adored by his grandchildren Katherine, Diana and Victoria Kelly, Michael(Lauren) Deignan, Sheila Hampton(Brendon) and Joseph Deignan. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Marion Williams and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Patrick was a member of St. James Knights of Columbus Council #1586, the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Jeremiah O’Brien Chapter of San Rafael, and the Petaluma Elks Lodge 901.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11AM at St. James Catholic Church, 125 Sonoma Mtn. Pkwy., Petaluma. Graveside service will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Road, Colma. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. James Church or American Merchant Marine Veterans, 2722 Mayne Ct., Santa Rosa CA 95405-8408 or to the charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Adobe Creek Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma.