April 4, 1964 – March 26, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with many tears and broken hearts we mourn the passing of Kelly, known for his smile, twinkle in his eyes and big warm hugs. Kelly leaves behind his mom, Ruth McLean, his Dad Doug Leaney (Helga), brother Corey (Charmaine), Sisters Cindy (Gerald) and Patty. He was a loving uncle to Jordan, Hayley, Jaymie, and Willow. A nephew to Inga, Marlene, and Karen. A cousin to many and a friend to many more. Kelly was born in Calgary and began his life in Langley at the age of three. He started his schooling at Simonds Elementary where he formed many lifelong friendships. He loved fishing with Corey at Nicomekl, surprising Cindy with a tiny snake placed in a house plant and Patty’s forever protector. He loved hot sunny Osoyoos summers at Granny’s, the lake the orchards and of course the tractors. Kelly loved driving his 4 x 4’s in the mud, corvettes, and Mission Raceway, soaring jets and the Abbotsford Air show & road trips and friends to share them with. Kelly loved his buddy “Belle” the cat who always rushed out to meet him after a busy day at work. Kelly never shied away from hard work. Loved being outdoors from dawn to dark. He found nature to be wondrous and amazing. Kelly was fearless as he climbed up into the treetops with spikes on his boots and a chainsaw dangling by his side. Kelly loved the sun on his face, dirt on his hands and mud on his boots. The more dirt on his work clothes at the end of a workday – the bigger the smile.
That smile lit up our lives. A smile that will be profoundly missed but never forgotten.
We will love Kelly for always and miss him forever and a day.
“Those we love don’t go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed and forever dear”
Our deepest gratitude to neighbours, friends and emergency responders for their much-needed help and support at this time.
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