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STATEMENT - CHAIR DERNOGA OFFERS COUNCIL CONDOLENCES UPON PASSING OF FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVE WINFIELD M. KELLY, JR.
The Prince George’s County Council extends its sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the Honorable Winfield M. Kelly, Jr., especially his wife Barbara, their seven children and their grandchildren, upon news of his passing.
Winfield Kelly, Jr., was born, raised and educated in the County, graduating from Bladensburg High School, Prince George’s Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park. He rose to great heights in business following a humble beginning selling hot dogs and soup from his food truck in his home county, and after serving as a County Commissioner, and four years on the County Council, he was elected to a four-year term as Prince George’s County Executive. He later served as the Secretary of State of Maryland in the administration of Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Included among the countless community organizations benefiting from his community service are the Prince George’s Community College, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, Prince George’s Jaycees and Lions Club, and his church community, St. Jerome’s in Hyattsville.
His legacy and unwavering commitment to service ushered in a new breed of leadership. Former County Executive Kelly recognized the County’s burgeoning growth and boldly reflected the value of its more diverse population in his administration’s staffing and appointments. Among those he hired was Wayne K. Curry, who later made history as the County’s first Black County Executive.
A grateful Prince George’s County Council remembers the enduring contributions of the Honorable Winfield Kelly, Jr., also affectionately known as “Mr. Prince George’s.” He will always occupy a special place in the history of Prince George’s County.