John Daniel “Father Jack” Kells

John Daniel “Father Jack” Kells

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 25 Mar 1990 (aged 91)
New York, USA
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 130255941 · View Source
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John Daniel Kells was the third of six children born to Herbert Warner Kells and Alice [Maloney] Kells.

He was known to family and friends as "Father Jack." He took a unique route to the priesthood.

He grew up in Brooklyn. By 1918, it appeared he had made his long-term career choice: engineering. He worked as a draftsman for Sanderson & Porter in New York City.

During World War I, he joined the Navy where he served as a machinist and earned the rank of Ensign.

He then graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn with a degree in mechanical engineering.

In 1930 he was living with his parents and two younger sisters at the long-time family home on 71st Street. His occupation was electrical engineer.

Sometime between 1930 and 1944, he had a major shift in thinking regarding his occupation.

On April 11, 1944 he was ordained a Catholic priest. Five days later he conducted his first high mass at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Brooklyn (corner of 15th Ave and 73rd St).

One year later he officiated at the wedding of his sister Eleanor Francis Kells and William Jerome Noonan.

Other family members interred with Father Jack are his sisters Eleanor and Marie and his nephew (Eleanor's son) William David Noonan, Jr.

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  • Created by: Jeff Sengstack
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 130255941
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Daniel “Father Jack” Kells (4 Aug 1898–25 Mar 1990), Find a Grave Memorial no. 130255941, citing Saint Charles Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Sengstack (contributor 47348062) .