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Tuesday November 19, 2013

KELLY, William McDonough.
After a courageous journey, the Honourable William McDonough Kelly (Bill) passed away peacefully in Toronto on November 16, 2013, in his 89th year. Predeceased (2007) by his loving wife Elizabeth of 63 years. Dear father of Ann Kelly Walsh (Larry) and Paddy Kelly Parr (Brian). Cherished grandfather of Michael Walsh (Vera Roncon), Stephen Walsh (Pauline), Braden Parr (Lyssa), and Liza Parr-Swale (Luke). Great- grandfather of Liam, Jeremy, Ryan, and Brooks Walsh, Rylen and Teagen Parr, Finn and Forrest Swale. Special brother of Moira Philp and Michael Kelly (Sharon). Brother-in-law of Bob and (late) Mary Early, and their respective families. Predeceased by his brother Jim Kelly (late Lee) and sister Peggy Moorhouse (late Peter). Civil Engineer/Consultant in the energy industry including a 25 year career with Consumers Gas. Director of numerous national/international companies, and volunteer organizations, including Board Chair, Rothmans Benson & Hedges Inc. During WWII, Bill served as a Lieutenant of the Second Field Engineers Regiment, and was proud to serve as an Honourary Lieutenant- Colonel of the same regiment in later life. He was called to the Senate in 1982, where he served 18 years. Founder of Severn Boat Haven, Port Severn, Ontario which he operated for over fifty years. Special thanks to the staff of Briton House Retirement Centre (Toronto) for their wonderful transitional and compassionate care. A private family service is planned with interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Georgetown, Ontario. A dignified gentleman and consummate professional, the man behind the public mask was a 'big kid at heart'. Fun loving, adventurous, fiercely competitive, passionately opinionated, with an amazing sense of humour that he never lost. He saved his 'true self' for his family and we celebrate this gift. In keeping with his lifelong love for the Port Severn area, friends and colleagues are invited to make donations in Bill's memory to the Trumpeter Swan Program, c/o The Friends of Wye Marsh, P.O.Box 100, Midland, ON L4R 4K6; or alternatively, The Alzheimers Society of Canada, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th Floor, Toronto, ON M4R 1K8 (or online).

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