Nahum Kelley Jr.

Obituary of Nahum E. Kelley Jr.

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Nahum E. Kelley, Jr. was born on September 30, 1963, and passed away on January 12, 2023, to fish in the oceans in heaven.

He grew up in Southwest Harbor into a commercial fishing family. He started his fishing career in his twenties and did that for over 40 years. He started by hauling traps on his rowing skiff before moving into his first boat, the Schooner Bedbug. He lobstered, dragged for scallops, and harvested sea cucumbers and urchins. Nahum had a passion for sailing and being on the water. He was well known for his huge heart, tall tales, booming laugh, and willingness to help others. He was also known for the ability to make a boat out of almost nothing.

Nahum is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Melissa. He is also survived by his daughter Ida, her husband Jonathan and grandson Jonathan Hagerthy Jr, and his son Nahum Kelley III. He is also survived by his brother David Kelley.

He was predeceased by his parents, Avis and Nahum Kelley Sr., and older brother Joseph.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 

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