[Update: Funeral services for Ray Kelly, husband of Liz Shamahs and father of Jude, Robert, & Rachel Kelly, will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 3:30pm to 9pm at
RG Ortiz Funeral Home: 4425 Broadway (190th St.) New York, NY. (212) 942-3700.]
Our condolences go out to his wife & son Jude, his son, Robert, and daughter, Rachel, the extended Kelly family, as well as to Brian Tracey, Matt Mancuso and Eric Kaye, his band brothers in the Mickey Finns.
According to The Mickey Finns‘ page on facebook:
Ray was hurt in a work accident and passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013…Ray Kelly was a man with a giant heart and a giant laugh. He brought light into the lives of everyone he touched. He leaves behind two sons, Robert & Jude, a daughter, Rachel, his wife, Liz, his mother, Alma, a grandson, Luke, and two brothers, Marcus and Barry.
Below is a video of The Mickey Finns, featuring Ray Kelly on guitar & lead vocal performing “Sweet Clare Girl”.
The Mickey Finns [official website]
The Mickey Finns [facebook]
The Mickey Finns [youtube]
Ray Kelly of the Mickey Finns – a Tribute [Shite n Onions]
Farewell Ray Kelly [New York Irish Arts]
Mourning the great Ray Kelly – County Clare frontman of the Mickey Finns [IrishCentral.com]
Leading Irish rock singer dies after New York construction site injury [IrishCentral.com]
Below, see a haunting video that Ray and his son Jude starred in. The video was made by director Mickey Micklos to Moby’s 2011 release, “The Day”