Joseph Kelly, 71

Chicago Police captain

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Joseph P. Kelly, 71, of Chicago, died on Aug. 1, 2019. 

Born on Jan. 26, 1948, he was a retired captain for the Chicago Police Department's 9th District. He had a spirit and love for helping and guiding others in life. 

He proudly served as liquor commissioner under the late Mayor Jane Byrne from 1979-1984 and led the Chicago Gangs Crime Unit. In 1989, he opened Intellex Security which is still in operation today. 

Mr. Kelly married his high school sweetheart, Carol (nee Campagna), who was his soul mate and anchor in life. He was the father of Brian (Lori) and Kevin; grandfather to Gianna, Ryan and Claire; brother of Nancy (Jim) Ferenzi, Mike (Debbie), Susan (the late Jack) McCann and the late Eddie (Nancy); and the son of the late Joseph P. Kelly, Sr. (retired Lieutenant CFD) and Jean Kelly (nee Phillips). 

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 6 at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange, followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

The family appreciates memorials to The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Development & Alumni Relations, 420 E. Superior St., Arthur J. Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, 60611.

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

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