City of Florissant honor Labor legend Dick Kellett with plaque dedication

FLORISSANT MAYOR Tim Lowery discusses Dick Kellett’s contributions to Labor and the City of Florissant during the dedication of a plaque in Kellett’s honor. – Kling Kamera Photography

Florissant, MO – The City of Florissant honored the late Richard “Dick” Kellett (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562) on May 25 with the dedication of a plaque in front of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4105 at 410 Rue St. Francois St.

Brother Kellett was a long-time pipefitter and business agent for Local 562, a Korean War U.S. Army veteran and co-founder and longest-serving president of the North County Labor Legislative Club, one of the most involved Labor clubs in the state.

Brother Kellett passed away in February 2020 at the age of 85.

“Under Dick’s leadership, the North County Labor Club has been the go-to organization for politicians hoping to be elected or re-elected in North St. Louis County voting districts,” Florissant Mayor Tim Lowery said in a statement announcing the dedication.

DICK KELLETT’S WIFE Kathleen proudly displays the plaque honoring her late husband as “North County Labor Ambassador.” – Kling Kamera Photography

“He was very influential and active with political campaigns, civic endeavors, Daily World Missionaries, White House retreats and was an usher at the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church. He loved his time with the ‘Sunshine Boys,’ the pursuit of goals on behalf of his union brothers and sisters, but most importantly he loved spending his time with his family. Dick Kellett will always be remembered as North County’s Labor Ambassador.”

PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LOCAL 562 Business Representative and Brother Kellett’s son, Richard M. Kellett (front row, bottom right) poses with his mom, Kathleen, and the rest of the “Kellett Clan” at the dedication ceremony honoring his father. – Kling Kamera Photography

This is the 49th Walk Through History plaque in the city for someone who has made a valuable contribution to the City of Florissant or someone with Florissant roots who has had an impact on the community.

Brother Kellett’s wife Kathleen and the large “Kellett Clan” were there in his honor to see the dedication.

Local 562 posted photos of the event on the Local’s Facebook page, noting the “well-deserved honor.”


 

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