Ann and Murray Kelly

Obituary of Ann and Murray Kelly

 

 

KELLY, Elizabeth Ann (née Kennedy)

Born February 13,1930

 

KELLY, James Murray

Born December 10, 1926

 

Ann and Murray passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and an abundance of love, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Married for 66 years, their deep love for each other and zest for life spread much joy to their family and many friends.

 

Beloved parents to Janet (Brian) Cram, Margo, Sheila and Stephen (Yvonne Okerse) Kelly. Exceptional grandparents to Natalie (Nick Manklow) and Danielle (Paul Mensink) Cram, Sam (Hilary), Henry and Kate (Alex Guy) Levitt. Great-grandparents to Jacob Manklow. Daughter of Grace (née Bayly) and Ted Kennedy and son of Marion (née Sullivan) and Harry Kelly.

 

Ann leaves her adored sister Mary Thomson (Mark Lowenstine) and was predeceased by brother Tom Kennedy. Murray leaves his cherished sister Gwynn Meden and was predeceased by sister Joanne Thomson.

 

Ann was known for her remarkable kindness, interest in others, and terrific sense of humour.  Her unwavering support of family and friends was unparalleled. An avid reader, she graduated in English from UWO while a young mother. She was dedicated to improving the lives of others and sat on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club of London, the Vanier Institute of the Family, Foundation London and she co-founded the Neighbourhood Centre for low-income mothers. Ann also spent countless hours rolling up coins donated to the Canadian Save The Children Fund and was a gun control advocate. She loved tennis, skiing and swimming.

 

Murray loved golfing, curling, bridge and above all, music. He played the saxophone for 70 years and said that playing music with others was like “living in a dream world.”  Part philosopher and major planner, Murray mapped out the things he wanted in life and achieved them: a business degree from Western and starting Murray Kelly Printing. A progressive thinker, Murray introduced a four-day work week and profit sharing at his company. He was a former President of the London Junior Chamber of Commerce and Director of St. Paul’s Cathedral. In retirement, he was a founding member of the 18-piece Moonliter’s Orchestra.

 

Murray’s biggest achievement was marrying Ann and having four children. He built them skating rinks, go-carts, and played riotous games with them. Murray never lost his inner child and taught us all to have fun. 

 

Many thanks to the doctors who cared for Ann and Murray so thoughtfully in recent years, especially Dr. James MacLean and Dr. Larry Allen. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Ann and Murray asked that donations be made in their memory to the Boys & Girls Club of London. 

 

May the wind always be at your back. Rest in peace. We love you.