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Tom Mix, Published March 29 2012

Longtime Deacon Kelly leaves legacy at Shanley

FARGO – Ask many of those involved in Fargo Shanley athletics, and they’ll say Orv Kelly was one of the Deacons’ most devoted supporters.

Kelly, who taught math at Shanley and coached football, boys basketball and boys golf for the Deacons from 1963-78, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76. He was a 1953 graduate of Shanley High School.

“He was a big giver and a very avid Fargo Shanley sports fan,” said fellow 1953 Shanley graduate Wayne Blanchard. “He was just a sports enthusiast.”

Kelly coached the defensive secondary on Sid Cichy’s Shanley football teams from 1963 to 1978 and was a member of the Shanley Athletic Club Hall of Fame.

He was the Deacons head boys basketball coach from 1965-72 and also served as the boys golf coach from 1973-78, earning North Dakota High School Coaches Association coach of the year honors in 1978.

After his retirement, Kelly remained active in supporting Shanley athletics. The school’s former holiday boys basketball tournament was named in his honor.

In 2009, Kelly received the Mike and Karen Hofer “Deacon Award” from Fargo Catholic Schools for his work and service to the schools.

Kelly was also involved in organizing the first Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament in 1984. He was a charter board member and continued to serve on the tournament’s board throughout the event’s

29-year history.

“I knew Orv first as a teacher and a coach at Shanley,” Roger Maris golf tournament board member Jim Deutsch said. “He was one of the guys that got me involved with the Roger Maris tournament committee.

“He was a dedicated man who loved to go to any Fargo Shanley athletic event. He enjoyed working with the Roger Maris tournament and made sure everyone had a good time playing in it.”

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