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Scott KellyScott Kelly, 55, died May 20, 2022, at his home in Manhattan, New York. He was born January 18, 1967, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Jim and Ann Kelly.

Scott Kelly took pleasure in every moment of life. He ate and prepared the best foods and dined at the finest restaurants, he drank the best drinks and he fell head-over-heels with the love of his life, Lauren Mitinas-Kelly, who he told anyone he encountered “hung the moon” for him from the very moment they met in 2004.

His booming voice and larger than life personality that always owned a room exemplified a mantra of live and love big! He was a damn good Dawg and a damn good friend.

Scott graduated from Walton High in Marietta, Georgia, class of 1985. He was a high school football star quarterback there and previously played amongst some of the biggest names in football at Palmetto High in Miami, Florida.

Following graduation, he began his career and family in Atlanta. He was proud to serve on the board for Genesis — a home and new start for battered women in Atlanta. Scott moved to New York and his aspirations reached new heights with his beloved Lauren by his side.

A celebration of life will be held at Greenwich Village Funeral Home on 199 Bleecker Street, NY, NY from 11-1 on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Scott loved flowers, but was also very committed to The Buoniconti Fund, so those who wish to remember are welcome to choose either way to celebrate him.



In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D., world-renowned neurosurgeon, and Nick Buoniconti, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, joined forces and founded The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Since then, research at The Miami Project has changed the landscape of knowledge and therapeutic strategies for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.


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