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In Memory of Brian “Mike” Kennelly

My heart is broken as I announce the passing of my Mike. He was a wonderful, loving and generous husband of over 50 years to me, Vicky Swinburne-Kennelly.

Brother to the late Mary-Lou McCoy (Michael), the late Patricia Hodgins, the late Albert and Norah Bellman (Larry).

He passed away while in the care of the fantastic staff of Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Home with Vicky, niece Sharon Martin and her husband, Stuart at his bedside.

Cherished brother-in-law to Ken Swinburne and Astri and Dominic Ficarri and uncle to several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by neighbours and friends.

Mike retired from Bell Canada in 1990 after a 35-year career. He was also a brilliant golfer (6 holes in one), curler and bowler.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone at Peter D. Clark. You are the best.

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The best friend and Uncle a person could have. So many great times together. Hugs to Vickie! Such a beautiful team.

Sending my heart felt condolences, Mike was always with a joke, or teasing fun and a big smile. Hugs to Vicky and family.

Sending much love and many hugs to Vicky on the loss of someone so very special. His presence and humour will forever remain with us.

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.Many fond memories of our time with Bell.He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

so sad to hear this, I worked for Mike for a number of years, he was a fair manager who always stuck up for his employees. We had great conversations I always looked forward to running g I to Mike and Vicky when out and about in Orleans. Rest in peace Mike.

Mike and I drank numerous quarts of beer together at the Prescott hotel back in the day, while we solved all the problems in the world. Hugs to Vicky.

Worked for and with Mike at Bell for 20 years always had fun golfing with him and the adventures we had together. He enjoyed his life and loved Vicky unconditionally. Used to bump into him the odd time at Lexus.
He will be missed.

Mike was a friend of my dad before I was born.. Aways looked forward to his popping in and teasing my sister and I ! A fun time for all when Mike was around !! He will be missed by my family ! Vicky , you were so blessed , and I know Mike was blessed with you in his life!! Cherish the memories and life before you !

Vicky … There are no perfect words to express the loss of our lifelong friend, Mike. We were blessed to have known him and introduced to the love of his life, you. His wings were ready, our hearts were not.
Affectionately … John anf Sharon

Dear Vickie,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I meet Mike a few times at different events He was always friendly, kind and a smile on his face. Happy to buy you a cold beer. Vickie keep those beautiful memories close to your heart 💜. I hope you remember me from our days at Bell.

Goodbye Uncle Brian. Will always remember you visiting Gram and Buddy at 31 Cambridge St. and your kind words and devotion to your mother and brother while I was studying at Carleton U. And a very special memory of you helping me when I was in need. Your generous kind spirit will always live with me.

And Vicky, such a fantastic wife and person. My condolences to you and fervent hope you will be fine down the line.

Much love always from his nephew out in Shanghai.

We are fortunate and lucky to have had a lifetime of wonderful memories together.
From football games to stories from the golf course – there were always so much laughter and love.
There will always be a place in our heart for Uncle Brian.
Thank you for the memories.

I only met Mike less than a year ago. He was in the nursing home with my mom. Both were Bell employees in the next rooms. Mike was always on the move. He could not sit still – so I could identity with him. He and Vickie became good friends of mine and moms and made my life much more fun as I would see them their almost daily. They were a popular couple at the home. Mike liked to dance – I remember him and Vickie up “cutting a rug” as the music played during one of the entertainment sessions. I think he liked Elvis Presley as I recall (who doesn’t).. You could tell Mike liked his sports as well. I hear he was a good and avid golfer and bowler. Mike will be missed but never forgotten. A great guy!!

My heart is with you during this difficult period. I know that there are no words that will make this pain go away, but always know that when you want or need to talk, I will always be there.

Mike was a great friend. He was kind to everyone whom he knew. On my 8:00 AM Sunday arrival at St. Helen’s Anglican Church in Orleans, Mike would be right there to help me from the car into the church.

Golf was Mike’s game! He played well and on every day of the week starting at 6:45 AM and be finished by 9:00 AM.

We will miss Mike’s friendship and his always offering to help whenever he could.

Vickey, our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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