Davis Honors Life of Brian Kelly on House Floor
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) honors the life of Brian Kelly, chief deputy in the Champaign County Circuit Clerk's office, who lost his battle with brain cancer last week.
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Davis' written remarks:
Madame Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of my friend Brian Kelly who passed away on Tuesday, Jan 21st at 1:21am after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.
I first met Brian when we were congressional staffers together in Central Illinois. He was infectious to be around with his positive attitude and perpetual optimism to help others. We bonded over our mutual friends and experiences in his hometown of Vandalia.
Brian was the epitome of what a public servant should strive to be. Putting everyone else above himself, even during his fight against his deadly disease. After diagnosis, when I would see him, the smile and accompanying laughs made us sometimes forget the pain he and his wife Megan were experiencing when none of us were around.
Brian, no more need to fight, my friend. Knowing that does not make it any easier on your loved ones who lost you too soon.
My heartfelt prayers go out to his wife Megan and the Kelly family, and all those who were lucky, like me, to work with such a kind soul.