When walking to a restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with Edward Kelly, one learned to start out early.
"You couldn't walk down the street without Eddie stopping and talking to somebody," said Robert Hughes, his partner of 38 years. "If I didn't give him enough lead time, we'd be late for our reservation."
A gregarious retailer who worked in the old-line department stores of Baltimore, Edward Joseph Stewart Kelly died Friday of cancer at his home in Rehoboth Beach. He was 62.
Mr. Kelly worked more than 40 years in retail, rising from Rehoboth's Boardwalk Five and Ten Cent Store to attending designer menswear shows in Paris. He befriended co-workers...