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Friday December 1st, 2017
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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William S. Kelsey

Berne, NY: Bill Kelsey died suddenly Wednesday, November 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Vicki S. Kelsey, son, W. Daniel Kelsey of Averill Park, NY, daughter Saki (Chelsea) Kelsey of Tucson, Arizona and beloved dog Daisy. He also leaves "adopted daughter and son" Jennifer Stafford (Fritz) and their furry children, and Scott Duncan (Jennifer) and their children, to whom he was Poppa Kelsey. Many others considered themselves members of the family due to his generosity and well thought out advice about things that troubled them. From the response to his unexpected death, it's obvious that he touched a great number of people. His integrity and honesty were bone deep, as was his sense of justice. His word was unquestionably his bond in any circumstance. He put a lot of himself in everything he did, husband, father, friend, Union steward, folk music lover, State worker, fireman, country and world traveler, bridge player, supporter of causes he believed in, and made friends in all of them. He lived a good life, though not as long of one, as we left behind would have wished. There will be a gathering of friends at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont, from 4-7 Friday December 1, 2017, followed by a get-together at the East Berne Firehouse.


I am truly sorry for the loss and pain that Vicki and the Kelsey family and friends are feeling because of losing Bill recently in death. Most of us have had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in God's promises like found here at 1 Corinthians 15: 26 and it tells us: "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing." Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25) For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. John 17:3 Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalm 34:18 I pray it will bring you comfort to please watch this beautiful video (song 144) entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" https://tv.jw.org/#en/video/VODChildren/pub-pksn_24_VIDEO or watch this short, faith strengthening video: "Can The Dead Really Live Again?" https://vimeo.com/232445509 You are in my prayers.

M J Jarmon Dec 3 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences for your tragic loss. From what I've heard, William was an admirable person and it's shame that he departed so soon. Sending thoughts and prayers for your family.

Nichole Baldwin Nov 30 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Kelsey

Nichole Baldwin Nov 30 2017 12:00 AM

One of the Best....never forgotten. The Billera Family.

Loraine and Richard Billera Nov 26 2017 12:00 AM

We didn't know Mr. Kelsey, but we are fellow Berne residents and are saddened by his sudden passing. Your family is in our prayers. God Bless.

Dale & Toni Koch Nov 25 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Kelsey

Dale & Toni Koch Nov 25 2017 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM