A lifetime resident of the area, Sterling Kelly passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was 77.
Sterling was born in Farran’s Point, on April 23, 1935, the eldest of eight children born to his parents William and Carrie Kelly (nee Sheets). He was an obedient and helpful son and dearly loved by all his siblings.
At age 19, he met Edna Beaupre and in June of 1959, they were married. Edna remained his companion and devoted wife for the next 53 years.
The next chapter of Sterling’s life was his greatest joy, the arrival of his cherished baby girl Carol-Ann. He adored her, and he embraced his role as a father with pride with his little girl often by his side.
Carol-Ann brought so much joy to his life and through her he gained his designated driver and sidekick Rambo (Carol-Ann’s husband Steve).
Steve and Carol-Ann then provided Sterling with two grandchildren and these kids completed his life. They were the two most precious jewels in his crown. He was so proud of them both. His legacy will surely live on through his devotion to them and their memory of him.
Sterling began working with the Village of Morrisburg crew in 1966, on the garbage truck, and he eventually learned to operate a backhoe. He was usually way ahead of what others were thinking, already planning a solution to problems or situations in need of an intervention.
He worked for the township for the 40 years, and he was well liked and respected by his fellow employees.
Sterling was also very good to his nieces and nephews who all knew if they were hanging out with Uncle Sterling, they were going to have fun whether it involved going to the movies, getting their bike fixed, going fishing or just getting an ice cream.
To the younger great-nieces and nephews who lived nearby he was affectionately known as “Grandpa Candy” because he always provided the children with candy.
Sterling will be remembered as a man who had a bright and radiant spirit, a great sense of humour and a sincere ability to light up a room.
He enjoyed having a Labatt’s 50, and he was always full of enthusiasm–ready and willing to lend a hand. He was clever, yet humble.
Able to fix almost anything, from lawn mowers to plumbing disasters, Sterling would go to the rescue of anyone in crisis. He would offer wise counsel or just sit and listen–he seemed to know just what to do or say.
Regardless of his attire; coat and hat or slippers and suspenders, Sterling could converse in any social circle, and he offered his input with charm and ease.
Sterling is survived by his wife Edna, his daughter Carol (Steve) Skerry of Morrisburg, his grandchildren Justin and Katie and his siblings Earl (Rose) of Simcoe, Ed (Roseann) of Morrisburg, Dale (Pat) of Morrisburg, Betty (Lloyd) McMillan of Iroquois and Wayne (Marie) of Iroquois.
He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Carrie Kelly (nee Sheets) and his brothers Ronnie and Lee. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 20th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Sue McCullough officiating.
Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Mariatown. Pallbearers were Jeff Kelly, Travis Kelly, Tom McMillan, Troy McMillan, Colleen Merkley and Scott Carswell.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.