KELLY, John Thomas


Peacefully left this earth on Jan 4, 2011 at the age of 96 years. Predeceased by his wife Christina Kelly and first wife Liza. He was a father, grandfather, great grandfather and good friend. John was born in Gull Lake Saskatchewan in 1914. He often spoke of the dirty 30’s and hobos riding the trains. Looking for work he journeyed west and worked as a chokerman on Vancouver Island. One day he decided he wanted to help win the war. He joined the Seaforth’s Regiment and was later transferred to the 2nd Reconnaissance unit, charging around on a “Snorton Norton” motorcycle. He landed for the invasion of Sicily in July 1943. He became a CS/M and was known as “Killer Kelly”. When WWII ended he returned to Vancouver where he drove an old streetcar on Hastings Street. He then joined the post office and eventually settled in Mission, where he worked for years as a Postmaster. John retired in 1979 and spent his retirement traveling back to Europe and touring Canada and the U.S. in a motorhome with his wife and grandson. He loved to drive, usually spending the winters in Arizona. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #57, where he served on various boards, colour parties and as President.

“Papa” John’s outgoing personality, wisdom, curiosity and kindness made him one of a kind. He enjoyed watching hockey, classic movies, and reading world history. He loved animals, especially dogs. He loved to sing, walk his dogs, golf, a cold beer, a fine cigar and good conversation. He was a window into the past with a tale to tell everyone. He will truly be missed! We love U….

A celebration of life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Mission. BC Sat. January 15th at 1:30pm.

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