Kelly, Willard James

October 17, 1931~ October 30, 2019

KELLY, Willard James – Passed away peacefully in his sleep to join his beloved wife Mary (Piggott) who he missed every day since her passing, September 2016. Caring father to Nancy (Eric) Hamm, London, Jim (Shelley) Kelly, Oil Springs, David (Donna-Lee) Kelly, British Columbia, Gary (Sharleen) Kelly, Mooretown, Brenda Hannon, Corpus Christie. Special Grandfather to Ryan (Kaitlyn) Kelly, Daniel (Cindy) Kelly, Wesley Kelly, Shayna (Jamie) Kermer, Jayme (Dan) Zukiwsky, Whitney (Allan) Litchfield, Cory Kelly, Curtis Reid and Erin (Shaun) Friel. Willard was a very proud Great Grandfather to Sophia Kelly, Cadence Zukiwsky, Keira Kermer, Bronwyn and Trenton Litchfield, Sydney Kelly and Layla Friel. Willard was a lifelong farmer in the Dawn Enniskillen town-line area up until retiring to Oil Springs in 1998. Dad loved the outdoors, watching the crops grow and traveling when he and mom were still able. Also survived by his sisters Kathleen Lochner and Marguerite Anderson and brotherin-law Jack (Ruth) Piggott and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by son Tom (2018), parents Wilfred and Reta (McKay), in-laws John and Myrtle (Hurst) Piggott, sisters Colleen (Ron) Bilton, Winnifred Kelly, Juanita Thompson, Brother in-laws Mac Thompson, Howard Lochner and Frank Anderson, brothers and sisters in-law George Piggott, Delbert (Helen) Piggott, Pearl (Don) Craig, Edith (Harold) Holliday, Wilma (Howard) Stevens, Jean (Stewart) Lovegrove and, Annie (Leslie) Hall.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, BRIGDEN on Friday, November 01, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

Funeral Service
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 02, 2019 at 11:00 am from the funeral home. Rev. Bryan Baxter officiating. Interment to follow at Oil Springs Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Oil Springs Food Bank (make cheques payable to VOTC)

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  1. Will always remember the Sunday morning in church a car horn went off in the parking lot everyone had their car keys out checking found out it was Willards some how he had hit it, to funny. Grant and I had many card games with him and Mary.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed chatting with both Willard and Mary at church and in the neighbourhood.

  3. To our son in-law Jim, Shelley and the entire Kelly family. Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. We’ve had many memorable times over the years with both your mom and dad. Sending our love.

  4. So sorry Kelly kids and families for your loss. Your parents and you guys were great neighbours. I will never forget the day Ray said there is a cow going to have a calf today you better check it after while. I had to go down to see if Wiilard would come down as cow was straining feet coming but no nose. Willard said those are hind feet. Had to pull calf. What a good neighbour! Live calf. Thanks Willard not sure you ever got thanked. You were very much appreciated.

  5. Our sincerest sympathy to all the Kelly family on the loss of your father. Cherish all your treasured memories, so that they will help ease the grief you are now experiencing.

  6. Jim & Shelley, we are very saddened to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences to you and to all your family.
    Sincerely Vlad & Mirka.

  7. I was sorry to hear of Uncle Willard”s passing, I often think of the times we were at the farm and the mischief we would get into. Aunt Mary and Uncle Willard were always very calm, they made a trip out to Ft McMurray with Aunt Helen and Uncle Delbert and it was fun being able to show them around.
    Ted and I will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Ted and Marilyn Seaman and family

  8. Dear Cousins and Your Family: Marilyn & I along with all my Sisters & Family share our Warmest Regards with you! We are sad to know of Uncle Willard’s passing but happy to know that he is comfortably with Aunt Mary again!! Our Love to each of You!

  9. So very sorry to hear of Uncle Willard’s passing, our condolences to all of my cousins and families.

    Sincerely Heather and Doug Lovegrove

  10. Sincerest Condolences to the Kelly family. It was an absolute joy to grow up down the road from you. I remember Mary always being in the kitchen or teaching 4H and Willard out in the fields or in the barn. Willard always told me the funniest stories of his adventures when he was young. One time he bet me, when I was about 10, that for every puff off his cigar that I took without coughing, he would pay me a dime or a quarter. After 4 puffs and no coughing, he decided to cut his losses and paid me and told me not to tell my Mom. Such an incredibly wonderful man. I am glad though that he and Mary are together. They are such a memorable part of my childhood. Love Lisa

  11. Dear Gary & Sharleen we are sorry to hear about Gary’s Dad. Sending our Condolences to both of you and your Family.Our Prayers and Thoughts are with the Family. June & Bob

  12. So sorry to hear about Uncle Willard but take comfort in knowing he’s with Aunt Mary again. Condolences to all my cousins! In sympathy–Cousin Donelda & Blaine

  13. Deepest Sympathies Gary and Sharleen on the passing of your Dad Gary. Please know that our prayers and energy and love surround you at this sad time. Love and blessings, Jill & Judy

  14. I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    We know that he was met by his beloved wife who he dearly missed.

  15. I’m saddened to hear of Willard’s passing. I remember many talks with him and Mary after they joined the Edy’s Mills Congregation. My Son, Brent and I used to cut their grass and enjoyed our visits very much.
    Please accept my condolences Kelly Family.

  16. I so enjoyed listening to Willard talk about his family. He so loved to talk about Mary the love of his life. He also really enjoyed reminiscing about all of their children and their accomplishments. What a proud husband and Dad he was. May your memories of your parents bring your many happy smiles and giggles.

    Kelly Kersey

  17. To all the Kelly Families. So sorry to hear about Willard. He was a great man and neighbour and will be missed by so many. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Ron and Maureen Bailey and Family

  18. Sharleen, Gary and family,
    We are so sad to hear of the passing of Gary’s dad.
    Thoughts, prayers, strength, love and hugs to you all during this difficult time.
    We know you will miss him dearly 🙁

    Charmaine & Mike Murray xo

  19. Condolences to all the Kelly family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
    Dianne McLean and Carl Gadsby

  20. My sincere condolences to Nancy, Jim, David, Gary and Brenda and families. We will miss our visits to see Uncle Willard and to talk about old times. We know now he is at rest with Aunt Mary, the love of his life. God’s speed.