Heroes get remembered but legends never die // a tribute to John Cleaver Kelly

Today we honor the memory of former Roadie John Kelly, who passed away on March 28, 2011.

Below is a documentary about his life and is told through the words of his family, friends, and his own personal journals. The film was directed and narrated by his close friend John Tessitore.

“I loved John. John loved everyone. His concern for others was abundant. His humor was well-timed and quirky, I really miss him. I wish everyone got to experience John fully.”

-Annie Long, former IC Roadie

“I couldn’t get enough of John’s spirit and energy…When I look back on John’s life all I can see is one of the most selfless, silliest people I have ever known. He loved and cared for his family and friends so much that he spent his life trying to protect them from harm. Remembering John’s bravery, his fight, and his love puts my heart back together in the moments I feel sure it is going to break. The following is something John wrote to me when I was going through a difficult time: “And although it sounds cliche, time heals all wounds and each and every day the sun shines a little brighter. Trust me, I have been there and am still there but each day gets better.” Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

- Lisa Smith

John suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for much of his life. His struggles inspired not only his friends, but a whole community to come together and join the fight against OCD. For more information on OCD, please visit the International OCD Foundation.

2 Responses

  1. Katie Smith says:

    Hi! Thank you for sharing John’s story. It means so much. I know it means a lot to him and his family. Ps. The second quote is from me-Katie Smith and I actually wasn’t a former roadie (I wish) just a huge IC supporter and lifer.

  2. NopeNope says:

    What exactly does this have to do with the LRA joesph kony or the victims of the war?

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