Rodney Peter Kelly

  • Born: October 4, 1969
  • Died: January 17, 2018
  • Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Donohue Funeral Homes, Inc.

8401 W Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Tel. (610) 449-0300

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Son, Loving Brother and "Uncle Rod"

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Rodney by adding your memories and photos.

Rodney Peter Kelly, age 48, of Downingtown, PA, formerly of Upper Darby, PA, passed away on January 17, 2018. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of Kathleen Kelly (nee Lambe) and the late Howard P. Kelly.

Rodney was a graduate of Upper Darby High School. He was a life long construction worker and left his mark on buildings all over the area as a member of Laborers Union 332. Rodney preferred deeds over words but was quick with a joke and even quicker to help a friend. He was a four for four Philly sports fan who loved dogs and classic cars. His greatest passion was his family and he never missed a chance to show them how much he cared.

In addition to his mother, Rodney is survived by his siblings Wilden Kelly, Sharon Kane (Michael) and Natasha Deiter (Sean), and his nieces and nephews Ryan, Connor, Isabella, Riley and Zoey.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:00-9:00 PM The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby, PA (610) 449-0300 and to his Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 24, 2018 10:30 AM St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA. Private interment to follow at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Brain Foundation ( would be appreciated.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the chance to work with Rod for a little over a year. He (hands down) was the BEST that did it! I got to be as close to Rod as someone could, because as you know he didn't say much at all, but all the still we bonded! I would have to constantly tell him to take a break but he would just keep going and I'd see him unwrap a sandwich and while holding it on one hand a pushing a trash buggie in the other! I will truly miss you Rod, you have left a mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family! God Bless You My Brother! Rest Easy In PARADISE!

Posted by Anthony Regalbuto - Philadelphia, PA   January 28, 2018


An Old Irish Blessing. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Rodney sadly missed Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Posted by Bernadette (Lambe), Liam, Colin, Graham, David & Ronan Fennell - Dublin, Ireland. - Family   January 28, 2018


Rest in Peace dear Cousin Rodney,
you are missed xx

Posted by Yvonne and John Hourigan - London - Family   January 24, 2018

Extending our Sincere Condolences to the Kelly Family. Rodney was such a wonderful neighbor; so thoughtful and so kind. With our Deepest Sympathy, Kelly and Alex Berdecia

Posted by Kelly Berdecia - Downingtown, PA - Friend   January 23, 2018

Dear family of Rodney, I have only known Rodney for seven months. He is probably the most loving, respectable, happy and unique man I have had in my life this short time. He said very little but when he had something to say I loved to listen. He loved to laugh and make really funny jokes. It was always a pleasure to be around Rodney. He was very caring. This family has lost a precious soul and I am sorry for all of you. May God be there for all of you. He loved his family

Posted by Shelly Godshall - Downingtown,, PA - Friend   January 21, 2018

I wouldn't have seen Rod since you guys lived on 'our' road and we were all just children in Ireland, but that smile has never changed, it's the one that brought a lot of great childhood memories flooding back. Rest in Peace Rodney. Our prayers are with you all at this time. Condolences from Shauna, Alex and Tara.

Posted by Shauna Dixon - Gainesville, FL - Family Friend   January 21, 2018

Kathleen , Sharon , Wilden , Natasha and extended families we're so sorry to hear of your loss,sending prayers, we can only imagine how you are feeling, our thoughts are with you all X

Posted by Deirdre, Mark, Robert and Megan Reid (Lambe) - Dublin - Family   January 20, 2018

Dear Natasha, Kathy, Sharon, Wilden and your families:
John and are so very sorry for your loss of your wonderful brother,son and friend. You remain in our prayers and thoughts in the coming days. Love Tete & John

Posted by Terry Barker - Pittsburgh, PA - Family   January 20, 2018

To all of Rodney s loved ones, sending you love n Prayers! God bless him n all of you!

Posted by Katie Schelder - Vineland, NJ   January 20, 2018


Natasha, I am very sorry to hear of your family's loss. I am hoping happy memories help you guys find some comfort while you grieve. You certainly have a guardian angel guiding and protecting you and your little lady.
Prayers for you and yours,
Rachael Dzedzy-McLaughlin

Posted by R dzedzy Mclaughlin - Norristown, PA - Significant Other   January 20, 2018

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