US Marine Corps

John Patrick Kelleher

August 12, 1959 ~ January 3, 2021 (age 61)

Obituary Image


BEDFORD, MA – John ("Jack") Patrick Kelleher 61, of Bedford, died unexpectedly but peacefully on January 3, 2021 at his residence in Bedford.

An honorably discharged veteran, Jack served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps.  He stayed connected with the Veterans Association for several years up until his death, whether it was befriending veterans he met while visiting the VA, or while he worked at the VA in Bedford. The VA was an extremely important part of his life - he was so proud to be a Marine.  After his service, Jack was passionate about his career as an electrician.

A loving, son, brother, uncle and friend, Jack was an incredibly kind and selfless person. Helping others is what truly defined him - his heart was larger than life itself.  He was also the biggest prankster ever, and got so many belly laughs from all the jokes he pulled, especially on his nieces and nephews.  Up until his heart condition worsened, he continued to be an avid swimmer and practiced Karate.  Jack was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.  He will be missed more than words could ever describe.

Jack is survived by his devoted mother, Mary (Fleming) Kelleher of Stuart, Florida, his siblings, Kevin Kelleher of Saugus, Patricia Kelleher of Boxford, and Donna Kelleher Yassen of Saugus, as well as his nieces and nephews, Bryan Kelleher, Ashley Miller, Kelsey and Derek Michaud, Allen, Steven and Robby Matthis, and Susan Aheron. He now joins his late brother Bill Kelleher, who passed away ten years ago this March.

ARRANGEMENTS: A public Funeral Mass and celebration of John’s life will be held this summer at a date and time to be announced. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers. Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to the Veterans Administration Bedford, Voluntary Services Building 61, Room B09, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA 01730. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John Patrick Kelleher, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of John Patrick Kelleher
© 2021 O'Donnell - Cremations - Funerals - Celebrations. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy