Charles Kelly has done far more than talk the talk … for he has surely walked the walk … every step.
I was fortunate to grow up in a big and tight family that abounded with love, and in which each member was loyal to each other. I had a wonderful mother and father, and four sisters and three brothers.
My older sister, Maureen, married her high school sweetheart, Charles Kelly and they have been married for 46 years. Maureen and Charles had four children – and within the Kelly household was the same abundance of love and warmth and loyalty existent in the Craig home. I was all of six years old when Charles Kelly entered my life.
Charles Kelly mentored me, and remains a most admirable role model for what a man, a husband, and a father should be. And, in the final estimation of my life – beyond sports and professional achievement – I seek … first and foremost … to be a champion in those areas.
With my Dad working 7 days a week with two jobs, Charles pitched in and helped transport my brothers and me to all types of sporting events. He was someone that I could talk to and he was always there providing me the emotional support I needed.
Charles delivered this support even as he and Maureen built their own family. Again, it was through his example – the way he lived his life – that Charles transmitted the most precious value to me, his wisdom and family values.
When I was not recruited in high school by a big name hockey program, I was disappointed and lost my confidence and it was Charles’ mentoring that made me see the opportunity to attend a local community college that had a hockey team, where I was able to regain my confidence, believe in my dreams, and was well on my way to achieving my goals.
Without taking my opportunity at Massasoit Community College seriously it is doubtful I would have received a scholarship to play hockey at Boston University. Even through my college years when I lost my mother and sister to cancer, Charles was there for myself and all my family members, encouraging me with my dreams and helping me set goals.
And, throughout his life, for as long as I have known him, Charles Kelly has done far more than talk the talk … for he has surely walked the walk … every step … and has been an example of what a mentor, a husband, and father should be.