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Fred Kelley Named Mendon’s Senior Citizen of the Year

Fred Kelley will soon have his name added to the list of recipients named Senior Citizen of the Year. Laura Newton, Mendon Senior Center photo

Frederic (Fred) Kelley was recently named Mendon Senior Citizen of the Year and it's easy to tell he couldn't be more honored to be named this year's recipient. The Council on Aging bestows the annual award to a Mendon resident who has exemplified a commitment to bettering the community, which Kelley has a long history of.

He grew up in Everett but came to know Mendon by spending his summers on Lake Nipmuc at his family's cottage and fell in love with the small town. He graduated from Everett High School and went into the service and then spent 15 years working as a police officer in Everett. "When I retired from the police department, I decided to come to Mendon. I've loved Mendon all my life," he said.

With the help of his wife, Peggy, he began a municipal collection business, Kelley & Ryan Associates, located in Hopedale. The Kelley's also once operated Kelley Green Acres, an award-winning Morgan Horse Farm in Mendon. Together they raised four children and were married for 52 years before Peggy's passing in 2013. Today, Fred's family also includes nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Throughout his life, he's always felt it was important to give back to his community and did so serving as

a Selectman for four terms. During that time, he helped to hire two Mendon Police Chiefs. He also helped secure land to be used for recreational fields and would also recruit his children to help with the town's yearly clean up day. "I just hope I did a good job," he said of his community service.

He also became involved in the Mendon Lion's Club, serving in the leadership role of "King Lion." He was also an active member and volunteer at his church, the former St. Michael's. "I tried to do a little bit of everything," said Fred. "Basically, I tried to be helpful where I could be."

When he received word he'd been chosen as this year's Senior Citizen of the Year, he said he was very surprised. "Actually, I think shocked is a better word for it," he said. "I found out my daughter Maggie nominated me and I couldn't believe it."

On September 15, the Mendon Lion's Club will sponsor a ceremony and luncheon for Kelley and his family and friends. The event will be held at the Unitarian Church of Mendon/Uxbridge and begin at 11:30 a.m


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