Raymond Anthony Kelly Jan 04, 1968 - Apr 13, 2021
Raymond Anthony Kelly, MBA, 53, Vice President at Eurofins Company, passed away April 13, 2021, suddenly at home. He was a specialist in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), sizing up companies for possible purchase.
Raymond was born in Carndonagh County Donegal Ireland on Jan. 4, 1968, to parents Seamus and Bridie (O'Donnell) Kelly. He attended grade school at the Fransciscan College, Gormanston in Co. Meath, until age 17, after which he went to University College Dublin for a degree in mechanical engineering, graduating in 1991. He earned a Security Exchange stockbroker license in New York City in 1994. He then worked for several companies (Novum refrigeration, Smith and Wollensky restaurant in Manhattan and La Cite; and Chatfield Dean stockbrokers in NYC). Back in Ireland, he became Managing Director of LMS Oil Co. (Family-Owned Shell Franchise) in Sligo, from 1994-2001. Raymond earned a Diploma in Applied Finance from the Irish Management Institute in Dublin in 2000.
He married Brighid Tara Brooks on Sept. 17, 1999 at St. Thomas the Apostle in Chester Heights PA. The couple started out in Sligo, Ireland, but came back to North Carolina in 2001 so he could attend Duke University Fuqua School of Business, where he focused on Finance Subjects, was Vice President of their Energy Club, and was an active member of Finance, Venture Capital, and MBA Charity Games Clubs. After graduating in 2003 with his MBA in hand, he started working for Eastman Chemical in Tennessee, in their M&A department, then for Kingspan Co. based near Baltimore MD.
For the last 4+ years, Raymond worked for the multinational company Eurofins with North American headquarters in Lancaster PA. It owns various types of testing laboratories around the world, as Vice President of Corporate Development with a focus on M&A, commanding a group of 5 assistants. His company has the following remarks: "Raymond was extremely accomplished and highly talented in corporate development and finance. He had a huge personality and a quick wit, and he used his skills very effectively. He was deeply valued by his team, fellow leaders in the US, and peers globally. He was highly respected for his knowledge, passion, and devotion to his work, as well as his selfless service to Eurofins. After he joined Eurofins in July 2016, he had an immediate impact on the trajectory of the business in North America. He spearheaded dozens of acquisitions, including three of our largest acquisitions, positioning us as a market leader in many of the industries we serve. We will remember Raymond for his many accomplishments, but even more so for his friendship and the many interesting and engaging interactions we had with him through the years. Raymond will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him".
Raymond's strength was his ability to read those thick financial statements and other company documents and truly understand what the company was worth, what their cash flow and debt was, and whether it was worth recommending for purchase. Following on the decision, Raymond was a great negotiator, often travelling to Japan, Canada, Belgium, other parts of Europe, or even Brazil a few years back. He was in his element when conducting these deals.
Personally, Raymond was known for his huge smile, great laugh, funny jokes, and one-liners, and truly enjoying other people. He had a knack for remembering everyone's names and what they did. He absolutely loved parties, often entertaining at his house mingling and chatting with everyone. He was an expert sailor and dabbled in wine-making. Raymond was a consummate gentleman, a faithful friend, a devoted husband of 20 years, and a kind and doting father. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Brighid (Brooks) and their three children Seamus 17, Kathleen Rose 14, and Brighid Veronica 11; by his mother Bridie; and by his brothers Dr. Cathal, Brian, Dr. Seamus, and Conor, all in Ireland.
Visitation: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 9:45-10:45 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 430 Valleybrook Rd. Glen Mills, PA 19342
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church - This Service will be livestreamed at https://staparishgm.org/live-stream-mass
Burial: St. Thomas the Apostle Cemetery, Glen Mills, PA
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a charity that feeds the poor - "Cityteam in Chester" which can be accessed at https:/cityteam.org.
St. Thomas The Apostle Church
Begins: Apr 21, 2021 11:00am - 12:00am430 Valleybrook Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
St. Thomas The Apostle Cemetery
Apr 21, 2021 12:15pm - 12:30pm430 Valleybrook Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Tass Theoctistou says:Submitted on: Apr 28, 2021
My deepest condolences to Rays family. I am extremely saddened to find out that my dear friend Ray has left us too soon. I was lucky enough to meet Ray in 2011 when Kingspan North America was interested in the purchase of a small raised access floor company in Australia where I was serving as General manager. We instantly became friends. His quit wit, kind nature, loyalty and love for his family will be what I will remember most about Ray and I am proud to say that we were mates. Again I am so sorry to the family for your loss and I hope that you find some solace in knowing his friendship spanned across the globe. RIP my friend.
Ashish Sethi says:Submitted on: Apr 26, 2021
Very saddened to hear about Raymond’s untimely demise; he was such a lovely person, always carried a warm smile and was genuinely nice and caring. So sad that he’s gone too soon. Our deepest condolences to Brighid and the family.
Allan Daisley says:Submitted on: Apr 24, 2021
I'm so very sad to hear about this. Raymond was such a great guy - always a smile and a kind (and often funny) word. He'll be sorely missed. My sympathies to Brighid and the entire family.
Matthew Kirchner says:Submitted on: Apr 21, 2021
Paula and I send our deepest condolences. Raymond's smile was infectious and I can't think of any time that I was around him and not be smiling too. He and Brighid were such a close couple and their love for each other was so clear to those around them. Our love and prayers are with his family.
John Donaghy says:Submitted on: Apr 21, 2021
My sincere sympathies on your loss. Ray made such a wonderful addition to the world and will be sorely missed. On behalf of everyone who went to Girmanston together John Donaghy