Sean Martin Kelly Sean, 44 a long time Hermosa Beach resident passed away on November 21, 2010 after a week of surfing in Mexico. Sean was born in Hinsdale, Illinois on March 1, 1966 to Edward and Laurette Kelly. Sean resided in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and attended St. Petronille grade school and Glenbard West High School, where he was a star of the 1983 State championship Glenbard West football team. Sean graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Sean moved to Southern California and became an avid surfer and ski/snow boarder. Sean met his wife Laura Mani in Hermosa Beach and they spent 15 loving years together as friends and partners. Sean was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church, where he and Laura married and taught confirmation classes. Sean was active in the Hermosa Beach community, and every weekend, he could be found with Laura at El Porto. Sean is survived by his wife, Laura, parents Edward and Laurette, siblings Mary, Edward Jr., Sarah, Mark, Matt, Amy and Michael, and nieces and nephews Shannon, Caitlin, Christina, Matthew, Veronica, Jane, Sean, Amy, Ryan, Dustin, Michelle, Keaton, Dani Jo and great nephew Korey. Sean touched the hearts of everyone he met and he will be greatly missed. Sean will be remembered for his charismatic personality, sense of life and adventure, ability to live life to the fullest and his tremendous love for his friends and family. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on November 26th at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. A Vigil service will be held after the visitation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 320 Massey St. Hermosa Beach, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Saturday November 27th at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers it would be appreciated if donations were made in Sean's honor to The Surf Rider Foundation or the Susan G. Koman For The Cure

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  1. Our condolences, prayers and love to Laura and the Family. Sean will be greatly missed. All our Love, Dennis & Janet

  2. We hold you in our prayers and tuck you in our hearts this week…praying for comfort and peace. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit. your CFC friends, The Mueller’s

  3. To Sean’s family and friends, My deepest and sincerest condolences for your loss. My prayers are with you. Peace and God Bless. Frank

  4. My prayers to Laura & the Kelly family on your loss. He truly was a man of great character & I always enjoyed seeing both of you together, always full of life and giving to others.He spoken very fondly of his parents & siblings. May our gracious God bless all of you during this difficult time. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for the Kelly family. God Bless ~

  5. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Laura and her family! Sean was always full of fun and the life of the party! We will miss him greatly!!

  6. Our deepest sympathies are with Laura and the Kelly and Manni families at the tragic loss of such a great husband, friend and gentleman. Sean was a tremendous friend who had a huge heart,laser-sharp wit and a spirit of adventure as vast as the sea. There are so many, wonderful, hysterical and life-affirming memories of Sean that will enrich our lives forever. I only need to recall his gregarious, barrel-chested laughter to feel so very blessed, lucky and uplifted. Love, Wayne, Lisa and Hanne Clark

  7. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that no words can take away your pain. But just knowing Sean, he always made a difference in all those he touched. I am so thankful for all the fond memories. God bless you. Love, Jennifer Pope

  8. Laura and Kelly family – I am deeply saddened by Sean’s passing. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. I have such fond memories of him and the way he lit up the room with his “one-of-a-kind” personality and his love for his family and friends. He is in a good place. I love you Seano! God bless and peace be with you. -Brett Pudik

  9. Laura and Kelly family, We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Sean had such enthusiasm for life. We will miss him riding his bike back from surfing and getting the latest surf report. Our condolences,

  10. Over the last 15 years we have shared times with Sean and Laura that will stay with us forever. Sean always struck the perfectly sardonic tone when dealing with us; his always loving, but antagonistic friends. We love you Sean.

  11. Deepest sympathies to Laura and the Kelly and Manni families for the loss of Sean, who was so greatly loved, admired and respected by both family and friends.

  12. To Laura and the Kelly family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept my deepest condolences. Joanne

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Kelly Family with the loss of dear Sean – always smiling and happy. We will treasure the many fond memories and good times shared with all of your family, and pray that God will help you through this most difficult time. He was a great guy from a great family. Love to all. John and Pat Karnick.

  14. Laura and Kelly family – I would like to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to you. I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my childhood friend Sean. I have such fond memories of Sean and the adventures we had together as children on Regent Street. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. (Thomas Aquinas)” Sean – thank you for being my friend. It meant a lot to me growing up. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. James (Jimmy) Lynn

  15. Dearest Laura~ Although we haven’t met, I am a parishioner at OLG and part of the bereavement ministry. I wanted to offer you my condolences and support. Having lost my husband (also tragically) 2 short years ago, I understand the sense of loss, confusion and pain you are feeling.I hope that we will meet soon so I may offer you my strength and support in person. Remember that “after every storm a rainbow appears” and in those rainbows you will see Sean’s smile and feel his love. He’ll always be with you spiritually and your love for each other will be eternal. May God give you comfort and strength. Your sister in Christ ~ Julie

  16. Kelly Family, My deepest sympathy to all of you.I have so many warm childhood memories of your family and hope that the Love I witnessed will give you strength at this time. Love,Peggy (Howe)Kelly

  17. Dear Kelly Family, You don’t know me but I’m a neighbor of Russ & Judy Urban.I have been praying for all the families. May Jesus take you by the hand and help you find relief Throughout this time of sadness as you journey through your grief. And may you feel the healing touch of every thought and prayer. That’s sent with love and sympathy. From friends who truly care. May the beautiful memories you shared carry you through this time.

  18. Sean was truly a great man. He enjoyed life everyday, and had a fantastic outlook on life in general. People seemed to be drawn to his charm, and he always put a positive spin on everything. He will be greatly missed.

  19. To Laura and the kelly family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sean was a great man who enjoyed life to its fullest. He was always the bright spot in a crowd. He had that way about him that made everyone want to be around him. I will miss him. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  20. Sean, our lovely neighbor from across the street. We cannot believe that we will never see your smiling face again. We remember dancing in your house to New Orleans music. Seeing you come home from surfing early in the morning cold and fog. Helping us lift things that were too heavy for us to manage. Talking about Big Sur after visiting there. Many memories. Laura I’m here for you, with a glass of wine and a nice wood fire. Peace and Love, Marie and Jeff Davies

  21. Sean was good friend of mine from our childhood days. Even thought we didn’t keep in touch as much as I would have liked. I thought about him often and couldn’t wait to get out to California to see him. Now I am sadden to say it never happened. He and his family are truly loved by me. I will pray for them in their time of mourning and I know we will see each other again someday. “Pannycakes”

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