EDWIN J. KELLY "Champagne" Eddie Kelly passed away in Las Vegas, January 13, 2019, at the age of 80. He began developing his pool skills on tables around Waterbury, CT at the age of 13. After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps and a few years as a dance instructor with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, he became a full time road player. Ed won the World 9-Ball Championship in 1965, the 9-Ball and One Pocket divisions of the Johnson City World All-Around Championships in 1966, the L.A. Open World Pocket Billiard Championship in 1969, the One-Pocket title and All-Around World Championship title in 1971 and the Legends of One-Pocket tournament in 1993. In 2003, he was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame. He was loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 10, 2019.