It is with deep sadness for the Board of Directors of the California Distributors Association to notice the passing of John D. “Jack” Kelly.
Mr. Kelly was appointed Executive Director or the California Association of Tobacco Distributors in 1960 a position he held until 1977 when he accepted the position of Senior Vice President of State Activities for the Tobacco Institute. Jack retired from the Tobacco Institute to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1988.
Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his wife Joan Booth Kelly and is survived by his daughters Carolyn Kelly Hayes, her husband Stuart Hayes; Laura Kelly Goode and her husband Jay Goode and his granddaughter Sarah Hayes.
A mass in remembrance of Mr. Kelly is set for 2:00 pm., June 5, 2015 at Thomas More Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.