A true celebration of life

December 14, 2014



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Paul Kelly's hockey # was exactly where he would have liked it ... in the middle of a mountain of toys

Paul Michael Kelly of Southampton passed away peacefully on December 8th, 2014.

He was a long-time member of the Marine Heritage Society and Propeller Club of Southampton, but he was also a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Paul was born and raised in Toronto where he attended the prestigous St. Michael's private Roman Catholic School.

A natural athlete, Paul was a keen and accomplished hockey player for 'St. Mike's' and who continued to play until he was 60. His No. 4 jersey from St. Mike's hockey team was, in fact, on display at his Celebration of Life. 

It was a unique celebration that will long be remembered at the Eagleson Funeral Home in Southampton. 

Paul's wife Ali of 38 years said that, "Paul was always saying, '... did we get toys for the kids?' meaning the grandchildren.  So, I thought what better way to honour his memory than to collect toys for children for Christmas."

"We have never seen anything like this," said Chad Eagleson of Eagleson's Funeral Home.  "It's definitely a first and so meaningful."

The response by family, friends and colleagues was overwhelming as a mountain of toys grew.



Kelly, Paul Michael, passed away peacefully at the Parkview Manor, Chesley on Monday December 8, 2014. Paul Kelly of Southampton in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Ali Kelly (nee Shewan) for 38 years. Proud father of Pamela (Dave) Brown, Janet (Doug) Collins, Brian Kelly, Scott (Janice) Atkinson, and Greg Atkinson. Papa will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Danielle (Devon), Luke (Emma), MacKenzie, Rachael, Rebecca, Joseph, and Katelyn, and by his great grandchildren Brooklynne and Layla. Survived by his brother David (Linda) Kelly of Portland, Oregon, his nephew Sean, and his great nephew Eniko. Predeceased by his parents William & Edna Kelly.


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