Funeral Notice: Frank Kelly late of 25 Thendara Drive Mount Nathan, Qld. 4211
End of an Era for the Gold Coast!
Vale: Frank Kelly
Well known Gold Coast personality, Francis Kelly, or Frank as he was known to his friends passed away in his sleep at aged 88 in Robina Hospital at 12:30am Sunday October 15, 2017.
A Qantas Chief Steward in the 1950’s and 60’s, Frank met his lovely soon to be wife at the Guilford Dance on a Friday night, and nearly asked her to marry him that night…but he waited until after Sunday lunch! Once she finally agreed, there was no church to be married in, so Frank, and his future father in law, Alan Manuel built the church that stood on Campbell Hill Road, Chester Hill, and both daughters were baptized in the same church! He also built the house they lived in for many years in Chester Hill.
Frank and his wife Gwen (sadly passed) moved to the Gold Coast where he was a prominent real estate agent for many years. Both Frank and Gwen were on the Parents and Friends Committee of Marymount College for all the years their daughter, Colleen went to the school.
The couple started a group called the Accommodation Owners Association, and at one stage, before the invention of computers, there was an “AOA” sign outside every accommodation house on the Gold Coast. Frank was the President, and Gwen the secretary until it was replaced by the Gold Coast’s “Sunlover” Package, invented and distributed by the Kellys.
Both daughters played in the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, and Gwen and Frank were soon on the Committee of the Orchestra. When the elder daughter Shauna auditioned for the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the couple were soon on the Board of the QYO as well. The QYO was invited to perform at the International Festival of Youth Orchestra’s in Switzerland in the early 1970’s, along with Frank’s daughter Shauna, now passed. This was a thing that had never been done before, and Frank and Gwen were the only QYO Board members in favor of the children going. They had to put up quite a fight to show the other Board Members that it really was possible. Frank raised enough money for all 98 children, plus chaperones and their instruments to attend the Festival, and were so popular they were even invited to play at La Scala Opera House in Italy!
As a long-standing Committee Member of Surfers Paradise Surf Club, Frank was involved in the famous rescue of 17 people off Ten the Esplanade, and before the State Emergency Service was invented, he volunteered in the rescue and clean up of the infamous TAA plane crash into Botany Bay, and was awarded for his role in the evacuation of Korean forces.
Frank and Gwen were big supporters of Boys Town over the years hosting various functions, and as major donors they were given the honor of a Life Time Award some years ago.
With the island of Kiribati was in terrible distress after hurricanes, it was mentioned they needed donations, and that they were trying to arrange a full container…Frank Kelly managed to get so many donations of pharmaceuticals and tractors and saddles for doctors and missionaries to get into the mountains….an entire BOAT load of containers.
Frank is well known as helping start the bush fire brigade in the Clagiraba Valley, and for fighting council to make sure that the Clagiraba Quarry was stopped, and the Clagiraba Reserve was finally used for that…as a reserve, instead of it being fenced away from the public….certainly a controversial figure in the area fighting for many just causes!
Frank is survived by his daughter, Colleen, a retired Adjunct Professor of Biomechanics, and his brother Peter of De Paul Villas, Ashmore.