Patti Kelly, loving mother of Jacob and Jeremy Kelly, passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side on Friday July 30, 2021, after a courageous confrontation with cancer.
Patti lived a rich and full life despite leaving us at such a “tender” age of 70 years, 45 days.
She will be missed sorely but her indomitable spirit, her infectious humour, her good will, her generosity of being and her love of family, and community will live on in everyone she touched.
Patti was born in Calgary Alberta. She was the oldest of four and a free spirit from day one.
She left Calgary at an early age to find her way in the world. Her travels and adventures, often dangerous by today’s standards, took her around the world and across Canada.
In all her journeys she was always aware of the inequalities and injustice she saw. Patti brought this understanding with her when she settled on the Eastshore of Kootenay Lake in 1977.
Not surprisingly Patti was a tireless worker for her community in environmental matters and indeed in human rights of all kinds. Who could not remember Patti working to stop clear cuts and log for the future and glued to her podcasts that fueled her passions for seeking justice in the world. Her business venture in Crawford Bay—was really Patti’s way to encourage others to recycle lovely clothes!
Her sons Jacob born 1975 and Jeremy born 1978, who Patti loved dearly, brought Patti five beautiful grandchildren, Ibex and Precia, and Sebastian, Francis and Oliver.
Patti remains loved to bits by her three younger siblings-Ric, David and Debbie. Debbie was closely connected with Patti all her life, as sisters can be, and Deb as was Patti an Aunt to six nieces and nephews-Dave, Taylor, Mackenzie, Alyssa, Cailey, and Noah, and a great Aunt to Tessa and Stella. Patti also shared her life with her partner of many years Matthews Sinclaire
Many thanks go out to all the incredible souls who gave Patti care during her illness. Particular thanks to KLH, Drs Goodman, Macbride, Kennedy, Merritt, and Foreman. And a huge thank you to the third floor nursing staff, they almost made moms passing bearable. And her many friends who gave and sent love to Patti after her illness.
A Celebration of Patti’s life will be held October 9, 2021, at the Grey Creek Hall. Details to follow.
Limited capacity due to Covid and will be dependent on current health guidelines.