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Johnny Kelley: Local Legend S
story & photo by Christopher Annino
ometimes the very people, who make a difference in your life, live in your backyard. Marathon
legend Johnny Kelley is one of those people. Despite his many athletic accomplishments, he always makes sure to help or assist anyone in need. Johnny’s running career includes
wining the Boston Marathon, winning gold medal at the 1959 Pan American, he competed in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, he won the AAU Marathon eight consecutive years, was inducted into the National Distant Runners Hall of Fame in 2002. Also, he was the 2007 Parade Marshall for the Mystic Irish Parade. John is the co-owner of Kelley’s Pace in the Olde Mistick Village.
“He is a tremendous human being and is a wonderful role model for kids,” said Jerry Olson, co-owner, Olde Mistick Village.
Harry Longinidis, co-owner, Angie’s Pizza adds, “He is a great guy and he cares about his family. It’s nice when he and his family come by to have dinner.” Johnny devoted his life to teaching at Robert E. Fitch
Senior High School, Groton. He also was the track coach for many years and trained Amby Burfoot, who won the Boston Marathon in 1968. Chris: What did you enjoy the most about teaching? Johnny: When you teach you have contact with people coming into the world, becoming adults; it’s always an infusion of new blood and new ideas. You’re at the right end of the age
Johnny Kelley’s running career includes winning the Boston Marathon, competing in the Olympic Games and winning the AAU Marathon eight years in a row.
Johnny: I read a piece on the great jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who appeared at N.F.A. a few years ago. And he gave this very brief advice to the kids and what he told them was “learn to listen.” I can’t think of any advice better than that. Chris: What is your greatest accomplishment in your running career? Johnny: Finishing. [laughs] If you
finish a race that is a great accomplishment. You set goals for yourself. When you are young especially, you want to do a certain things. I wanted to win the Boston Marathon. I trained specifically for almost 10 years, and finally when I did win it I achieved my goal. Then I moved on and wanted to win an Olympic medal. Unfortunately, I didn’t, but I think you have to say to yourself, if you do your best you have to except what happens. Because you can’t always win no matter what you do. You have to take from the sport a certain satisfaction. Chris: What is your greatest life accomplishment? Johnny: Having had the chance to teach by example and having kids that were in my class 20 or 30 years ago still be my friend that gives you a tremendous sense of belonging in the world.” To post your comments, visit www.theresident.com
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Matthew Curtiss, an associate attorney at Block, Janney & Pascal LLC’s Mystic offi ce, says, “Estate planning and estate administration is a very personal part of law, where I can help people in different ways. I guide them through two very diffi cult processes: preparing their estates and end of life matters.” Matt’s practice focuses mainly on estate planning and estate administration. “They are fields of law where you are working one-on-one with people who are seeking guidance,” says Matt. Estate planning includes the process of drafting wills, including
complex estates involving trusts, healthcare documents, powers of attorney and estate tax planning; whereas, estate administration involves working with families from the admittance of the will in probate court to the closing of the estate. Estate planning is very rewarding for Matt. “I enjoy working with young
families. They’ve been told they need a will, they need to setup guardianships, but they haven’t really thought about it. They are in a place where they know they need planning, but they don’t know what they need yet. I can help.” “Estate administration is fulfi lling in its own way,” says Matt. “End of life
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