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Mother of Local 1776 Member Fights to Honor His Memory and End Violence

May 5, 2016 Updated: September 8, 2020

[aesop_quote type=”pull” background=”#282828″ text=”#ffffff” width=”30%” align=”right” size=”2″ quote=”This Mother’s Day, let’s honor selfless mothers like Catherine and call for an end to the devastating violence that plagues our communities, so no more mothers will suffer the senseless loss of a child. ” cite=”Wendell Young, Local 1776 President ” parallax=”on” direction=”left”]

Catherine and Ryan Kelly

Catherine Kelly is the mother of former UFCW Local 1776 Acme Markets member Ryan Kelly.  Ryan was tragically killed on his way home from work one evening in a random act of violence.  Ryan was a hard-working, kind man who went above and beyond in the workplace.  Since his sudden death, his mother Catherine works hard to keep his name alive and fight against the senseless violence that plagues so many communities.  Local 1776 has been sharing the story of Catherine in honor of her son’s memory.

Each month, Local 1776 partners with a popular local rock radio station, 102.9 WGMK, to highlight a “member of the month” during the station’s broadcasting. As Mother’s Day is this month, the local chose to highlight Catherine and Ryan. While Catherine herself is not a UFCW member, she has been floored by the outpouring of support from UFCW members and Local 1776 President Wendell Young. You can listen to President Young’s message about Catherine and Ryan below.