Somerville Remembering Donald E. “Don” Kelley


Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of Don Kelley on his passing.

Don Kelley was a wonderful person who cared deeply about people and various charities across the city as well as across the state.

He was the owner of the former Wayside Trailer Company of Somerville that was located on Somerville Avenue as well as a dedicated member of the Somerville Lion’s Club.

Don Kelley will be missed by many here in Somerville as well in multiple communities across the state of Massachusetts.
Don Kelley‘s Obituary

It is with the most profound sorrow that we share the passing at 61 of Don Kelley, a husband, father, friend, community leader, performer, master of ceremonies and philanthropist on the North Shore of Boston, following a hard-fought battle with the COVID-19 virus.

He was a longtime member and former president of Rotary International’s Beverly chapter, president of Wayside Trailers in Peabody, MA, a tenured, well-regarded member of New England Truck & Trailer Association and a proud board member of Harborlight Community Partners, among so many other charitable endeavors. Altruism was always at the forefront of his world.

So were people. Don was an enthusiastic ringleader of gatherings large and small, official and impromptu. He had a gift for stirring a crowd to action, be it for a singalong at a local pub on St. Patrick’s Day or a charitable auction for the Red Cross. His positive attitude was infectious; there was no challenge so great that it couldn’t be met head on by a group of committed friends.

And Don had friends beyond counting. To meet him for the first time was to gain an immediate and ardent supporter, staunch ally and willing co-conspirator. His long, loud rounds of golf with friends on summer afternoons were the stuff of legend; so too were the moments when his quiet, personal gestures of generosity made a world of difference for a family dealing with hard times or a student struggling to afford college.

Don and his wife of 35 years, Meg Kelley, together positively impacted the lives of so many in our community and beyond. He leaves Meg and his three daughters, Sophia Kelley, Molly Merluzzi and Vanessa Kelley; and his only grandchild, Louis ‘Louie’ Merluzzi.

For those who had the pleasure of knowing Don, you can affirm how important life was to him. He lived it to the fullest and brought everyone along with him. We ask for your support from afar and for your commitment to staying home and helping to #flattenthecurve together.

His funeral services will be held privately with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Contributions may be made in his name to an organization of one’s choice. Information, directions, condolences at

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