Valley Lives - John (Jackie) Kealey

The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the November 18, 2009 issue. Reprinted with permission.

Former Low mayor dies at 101

One of Low's oldest residents and former mayor John (Jackie) Kealey died peacefully Nov. 16 at the Wakefield Manoir.

The 101-year-old resident was approaching his 102nd birthday, which would have landed on Dec. 21.

Former Low mayor Mike Francis said Kealey was a good friend to everyone he knew throughout his long life.

"He was a great friend and a fine guy," said Francis.

"He had a really good run in life." According to his nephew, Albert Kealey, Jackie's health had been sliding as of late and his death isn't a shock to the family: Jackie is survived by his children Teresa McCarthy; Elaine Field, Gilda Collins, Joan, Bruce, Arthur and Robert Kealey. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 21 greatgrandchildren.

Jackie is the last survivor of his generation, as he was predeceased by his siblings Emmanuel, Lima, Mona, Harry; Nellie, Gladys, Agatha, Paddy; Florence, Loretta and Fred.

A wake for Jackie will be held at the Venosta Community Centre, Nov. 18 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Nov. 19, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Venosta at 10 a.m. Interment at St. Martin's Cemetery in Martindale.

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