In Loving Memory of Jean G. Kelley

October 15, 1932
Bridgeport, CT
November 12, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Sunday 3-6 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

November 18, 2018


Holy Family Church

Mass of Christian Burial

700 Old Stratfield Road,
CT 06825

Monday, November 19, 2018 10:00 a.m.


Lawncroft Cemetery

1740 Black Rock Turnpike,
CT 06825

November 19, 2018

Family Gathering


Western Connecticut State University (WCSU Foundation)

181 White Street,
CT 06810

Jean Griffin Kelley

Jean De Chantal Griffin Kelley beloved wife and best friend of Bernard Joseph Kelley Jr. passed away at home on November 12, 2018 after a 7 month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones. Born on October 15, 1932 in Bridgeport, CT, she was the only child of Edward and Mary Toomey Griffin. Jean graduated from Central High School Class of 1950 and went on graduate from Western Connecticut State University in 1954. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Fairfield University in 1961.
Jean taught school in Bridgeport at John Winthrop School for several years before marrying Bernie in 1963 and starting a family in Milford. Jean fell in love with Broadway when she saw her first musical “South Pacific”. An avid reader, her favorite authors were Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck and more recently Anna Quindlen.
Memorable travels with Bernie included Cape Cod, FL, San Francisco and Long Beach, CA and in the summer of 2001, Ireland. Jean substituted for the Milford Board of Education for many years once her children were in school. She then worked for Milford Jai Alai for 25 years.
Survivors in addition to Bernie are her children, Susan Kelley of Atlanta, GA, Maura Kelley of Fairfield, and Bernard Kelley lll also of Fairfield. Beloved grandchildren Ronald and Patrick Huber and Emma and Jacqueline Kelley. Sister-in-law Cathline Navin of Enfield, along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Jean is predeceased by her brothers and sisters in law, Elaine and Warren Reyher, Patricia Kelley and John Navin.
Calling hours are 3:00 to 6:00 on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Spear Miller Funeral Home at 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT. Friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 10am at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Western Connecticut State University (WCSU Foundation) at 181 White St. Danbury, CT 06810. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Dear Mr. Kelley, Susan, Maura and Bernie: Our deepest sympathies go out to you on the loss of Mrs. Kelley. She will be greatly missed. Mrs. Kelley was always so kind and thoughtful and welcomed everyone she met. We will cherish all the fun memories with her and your family growing up on Cardinal Drive. From the delicious pot roast dinners to the day trips to Riverside Park. Great times! Our thoughts and prayer are with you…Love always Michele & Bill Spence and the Goorhigian Families.

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelley family. Mr. Kelley, I’m sure your wife was well liked and loved by many, just as your son Bernie is… The Fairfield Police Department is thinking of you..

  3. Mr. Kelley, Susan, Bernie, Maura and your whole crew,
    Our deepest sympathies in your tremendous loss. Your wife, mom and grandmother was such a lovely lady. A life well lived now in a magnificent place. You are all in our prayers. Love Sue & Mike Martin