Herbert Kelly

Obituary of Herbert Terrance Kelly

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Herbert Terrance Kelly

June 28, 1947 - April 9, 2022


Herbert Terrance Kelly passed away peacefully at East Kootenay Regional Hospital on April 9, 2022.

Herbert, known as Terry to most who knew him.  Big Ter and Jude to some.  Was born in Montreal Quebec to Jean and Herbert Kelly.  Raised in Chateauguay, an off-island suburb of Montreal. 

His father worked for CP rail and his Mother was an avid Foster Parent.  Beside his 2 brothers, Brian and Mark, he also had his younger sister Marleen and countless foster brothers and sisters. 

Terry left home at the young age of 16yrs, not uncommon at that time.  He went on to learn a trade and worked alongside his Dad on the CP rail as a journeyman Electrician. 

Terry was a lover of adventure and was not destined to stay in one place for too long.  His travels in the 60’s brought him to the California Coast to overseas, backpacking and adventuring across Europe.

In 1975 Terry married Karen Daniel.  Lured by his sense of adventure the couple moved to St. Paul Alberta.  Here they bought and established a 160 Acre working farm. 

In 1978 the couple would welcome their first born, a son Nathan William.  Followed over the next few years by daughter Cheryl Louise in 1981 and Rachel Jean by 1982. 

In 1989 Terry packed up the family and all their belongings and moved them to Cranbrook BC. 

Surrounded by beautiful Mountains, Forests, and Lakes. Cranbrook had beckoned Terry to come Hunt, fish, and play. 

Hunting, fishing, camping, off roading, horseback riding, berry picking, campfires.  All kinds of Kootenay family adventures followed.  Terry taught his children to have a strong respect and appreciation for the outdoors, nature and living creatures.

A loving Grandfather, Terry welcomed two Grandchildren into his life.  Daughter Rachel gave birth to Malia Rayne in 2005 and Kobe Josiah in 2006.

Terry eventually settled down in Marysville BC and enjoyed a “quiet” bachelor life. By the end of his lifelong career as an Electrician, Terry finished out his Career at BC Hydro retiring in 2012. 

Dogs always held a special place in Terry’s life and wherever he went a dog would not be far behind nipping at his heels. He is survived by Downey his Chocolate Lab.

Terry was a passionate storyteller.  There is nothing he enjoyed more than sharing history and geography lessons to anyone within earshot. 

He made the best tour guide for anyone visiting the Kootenay Valley, an experience many got to enjoy.

Terry was so proud of his family and would tell everyone who would listen of their accomplishments.

He is survived by children Nathan, Cheryl and Rachel.  Grandchildren Malia and Kobe.  Siblings Brian (spouse Darlene), Marleen (spouse Bob) and Mark (spouse Corrine). Former Spouse Karen.  Many extended family, nieces, and nephews.  Lifelong friends Rolf, Gus, Dave, John ‘Buff’ and Art.

He is pre-deceased by Herbert Alfred Kelly and Jean Squires-Kelly-Hannah.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors who cared for him during his hospital stays.

An open house celebration of life for Terry will take place at St. Mary’s Lake Beach and Boat Launch.  11am, Saturday, May 07, 2022.  BYO Chair and fishing net.

Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com

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Celebration of Life

11:00 am
Saturday, May 7, 2022
St. Mary's Lake
Beach and Boat Launch
Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Bring your own chair and fishing net!
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