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OBITUARY NOTICE: Former Nichols, Newman, Logan and Grey Attorney Les Kelley Dies in Virginia At Age 65

DIED OCT. 27: Les Kelley

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CHRISTIANSTED — Leslie Adam Kelly, 65, died on Oct. 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Les was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Bradley Kelley. He is survived by his mother, Alice Ruth Kelley; his children, daughter, Taylor Marie Kelley; and son, Brooks Franklin Kelley; his sisters, Pamela Ruth Kelley Jenkins and Janet Rae Kelley Eanes; and many other family members.

Les graduated from Virginia Tech and was a huge Hokie fan. He received his law degree from Ole Miss University. He was a longtime resident of St. Croix, where he leaves behind many beloved friends. Les was a member of the Tennis Club and original member of the Bombay Croquet Club.

Kelley was the long-time tennis partner of former Buccaneer Hotel Head Tennis Pro Don de Wilde and a friend to all.

The family is extremely grateful and appreciative of the wonderful care provided Les during his last months by his ex-wife, Renee Gasperi. There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at 1 p.m., in Hollywood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe or the Combat Wounded Coalition. Condolences may be left at

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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