May 29, 1951 – May 13, 2018
The family of Michael J. Kelly are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and uncle on May 13th, 2018.
Michael leaves behind his wife Laverne Kelly, mother Merle M. Kelly, sister Patricia McIntyre, sister Dianne Rueck and brother-in-law Carl Rueck, children Ava, Benjamin and Karl, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by special friends Daryl Carson and Barbara McCowan Jackson.
Michael was born in Benito, Manitoba to Merle M. Kelly and Thomas W. Kelly.
During his high school years, he was a member of the Reach for The Top T.V. quiz team. He lived in Manitoba until 1968 before the family moved to B.C.
Michael completed his secondary education at North Delta High and went on to UBC to become a Chemical Engineer. He worked in the pulp and paper industry in supervisory positions in Manitoba, New Brunswick and B.C. He later became superintendent of the CTMP Department at the new paper mill in Gold River, B.C.
Michael was a member of the Lions Club in Gold River. He enjoyed playing Chess and had a special interest in gardening. He was an avid reader and had a personal library of over 5,000 books on numerous topics. He served as an officer in the Royal Westminster Militia for several years. Michael participated in caving and cave rescue seminars with his caving partner Paul Griffiths. In later years he enjoyed attending the opera in Victoria.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Comox Valley Hospital for their care of and attention to Michael during this difficult time. Special thanks to doctors Schovanek, Silcox, Froese and Neufeld.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to scientific research on neurological diseases.
A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at a later date.