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Dr Owen Kealey June 23, 1930 - May 2, 2016 Owen passed away peacefully at home in Ottawa on Monday, May 2nd, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Pat and loving father of 7, Owen was a popular Ottawa physician, practicing for over 40 years. Owen attended St Pat's College and graduated in Medicine from the University of Ottawa. He did his post-graduate work in Boston at the Lahey Clinic and Joslin Diabetes Center before returning to Ottawa to practice as a digestive disease specialist. He stayed active in retirement as a consultant for the Pension Appeal Board. He also contributed his medical knowledge and wit to comedic segments on CBC's The Health Show with the "From The Gum to the Bum" series (the episode entitled Scatology won a Gemini Award). Owen loved being at the family cottage on the Rideau River, spending time with his family and friends, and playing golf. He looked forward to his weekly volunteering at the Shepherds of Good Hope and Friday lunches with his good friends the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out). People will remember Owen for his wonderful stories, his uncanny memory, his love of Broadway musicals, and his unique sense of humour. Those who knew him were touched by his kindness and generosity, his selflessness and modesty, and his love of life. Owen leaves behind his beloved wife Pat, daughters Kathy (Ed Willes), Judy, Sheila (John Lewis) and sons David and Peter (Jeannie Roper) and was predeceased by daughters Maura (Robert Cadloff) and Susan and brother Claude (Carole Kealey). He was the loved grandfather of John Patrick, Robert, Evan, Camryn, and Griffin. There will be a celebration of Owen's life at St. Margaret Mary Parish (7 Fairbairn St., corner of Sunnyside) on Saturday, May 7th at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the charity of your choice.



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Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 5 to May 6, 2016.
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May 13, 2016
Pat, Owen, and Judy at Chantal Fournier and Blaine Kennedy's wedding, July 11, 2015, North Bay, ON.
Dear Pat and family,

I have so many fond memories of Owen: the time he cheerfully piloted a station wagon, the sole adult with a gazillion kids on a trip to the zoo; his wonderful musicality and singing voice; the corny jokes and puns; his generosity, kindness and concern. I was so very privileged to have him as my uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. xoxo
Margaret Parker
May 11, 2016
Pamela Keith (nee Stillwell)and her husband Rollie send their deepest sympathy to the Kealey family. It has been some fifty three years since Dr. and Mrs. Kealey attended our wedding along with their then young family, and I will always remember baby sitting those lovely children when I lived on Brighton Avenue!
Again, our sincere condolences to you all on your very sad loss.
Pamela Keith
May 11, 2016
Dear Pat and family,
I am told God gives us only as much as we can bear. You, without a doubt, are an amazing woman blessed with an amazing amount of strength and faith.
Please accept my sincere condolences and know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Owen is now happily reunited with God and his two angels.
Maureen
Maureen Bossy
May 8, 2016
Dear Pat and family, I was sorry to hear of Owen's passing. Richard and I truly enjoyed playing golf with both of you at the Ladies and guest event last July. Owen was such a gentleman and he will be missed....Nicole (Deslauriers) and Richard (Blaine)
May 8, 2016
So very sorry Pat to hear of Owen's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Barbara Townson
May 7, 2016
Dear Kealeys, one and all,

I have nothing but fond memories of Owen. How calm he was in a crisis (I witnessed a few), how kind he was after my own dad died, how funny he was with his array of guaranteed-to-make-you-groan jokes:)
Jane Davey
May 7, 2016
My sympathy to the family. Dr. Kelley did a great job at St Vincent hospital
Donna Nitschkie
May 6, 2016
A GREAT FRIEND OF GOD. FOR 70 SOME YEARS I KNEW HIM AND HIS BROTHER. AN EDUCATED MAN, WITH GRAND LOYALTY, SHARP WIT, AND A HUMILITY, FULLY JUSTIFIED. HIS HEART SWEPT UP THE BROKEN PIECES OF HIS FRIENDS'HEARTS. HIS DEVOTION TO FAMILY WAS OUTSTANDING. THE LOSE OF HIS DAUGHTERS WOULD HAVE TAKEN A WEAKER MAN.OWEN MADE A DIFFERENCE- OWEN THE GREAT,ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FINE..LOVE,, MARILYN AND GARY OGILVIE
OWEN KEALEY
May 6, 2016
Dear Pat and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Owen's passing. He will be missed by your neighbors up the Rideau River. Now you have 3 special angels looking over the rest of your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless,
Madeline Whalen
Anne & Bill Whalen and Family
May 6, 2016
To the Kealey family,
I was a patient of Dr. Kealey's for many years. He was kind and compassionate, and I have never had another doctor like him. His funny stories would put me at ease during an exam, and his plaque on the wall demonstrated that he was a humble man of faith. It showed. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Sincerely,
Janet Hrnchiar
Janet Hrnchiar
May 6, 2016
Dear Kealey family, He will always be remembered by those who worked with him at the Riverside Hospital. A much loved man who spoke of you all. So kind, caring and funny.
Nancy Jacobs
May 6, 2016
Owen always had a smile on his face and a funny story to share, we are fortunate to have known him for so many years.

Our thoughts are with you and your family.He will be deeply missed.
Sami Abikhalil
May 6, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Owen was a loved physician at the Riverside whom I remember fondly.
Sharon Cayen
May 5, 2016
I have so many wonderful memories of being at the cottage, all the jokes and the nicknames for each of his kids as he would arrive from the city. I told Kathy last weekend that I admired his and Pat's marriage and the thoughtfulness with which they treated each other. Shane and I send our deepest sympathies to all the Kealeys.
Christine O'Leary
May 5, 2016
Dear Peter, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad sounds like a man who lived life to the fullest and gave much to others while doing it. My condolences to you and your family.
Pat Moore
May 5, 2016
I was so lucky to know Owen my whole life. He was always so positive and kind, with never a word of complaint even in hard times. This is something I try to learn from him! I will miss his singing while riding the tractor, love of sweets, jokes and stories. I wish I had a mind like his so I could remember them all! A wonderful person to the core. All my love to you Kealey's xoxo
Juliet O'Manique
May 5, 2016
Dear Pat and Family. Please know that your whole family with be prayed for at this hour and the days to come.. What a remarkable man. Diana (LaFlamme) Snowden
May 5, 2016
Dear Pat and children our sympathies on the loss of Owen.Mariette and Matt Hamilton.
May 5, 2016
Dear Pat and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Kealy's devotion and caring to his patients,families and staff was seen every time you came in contact with him. He loved telling stories about his family and had a special smile in his eyes. He will be greatly missed..
Debbie Brown
May 5, 2016
My sympathy to the Family of Dr.Owen Kealey.
His work at St. Vincent Hospital was appreciated by patients and staff.
Eleanor Fraser
May 5, 2016
Dearest Pat and Family,
So very sorry for your loss. Another angel in heaven wrapped in the arms of his two beloved daughters - Susan and Maura.

Owen was truly a remarkable human being. For my thirty years in Ottawa, I looked forward to his jokes as our chapel group gathered for coffee after the Sunday service. And I enjoyed being with him and Pat at gatherings at your cottage on the Rideau River, house on the canal after skating parties etc.

My deepest condolences to Pat and his wonderful family. Pray "to" Owen and not "for" Owen. He will always be with you in spirit. God bless...

xxxooo Marilyn
Marilyn Tulk
May 5, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss.

I remember Owen fondly and have fond memories of the big family get together at the cottage many yrs ago.

May he RIP.

Nancy Beahen
Nancy Bellefeuille
May 5, 2016
To know Owen Kealey was to love Owen Kealey. And I was lucky enough to know Owen for over 42 year. Barbara and I are thinking of Owen and the entire Kealey family at this difficult time.
Dan Greenberg
May 5, 2016
Pat and family
An Ottawa icon is gone reunited with some important people upstairs. That does not make it any easier. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed.
Sharon Beahen
sharon boyle
May 5, 2016
Owen was an inspiration to his felloe volunteers at the Shepherds of Good Hope. His courage and good humour in facing what he knew to be inevitable will always be remembered.
Paul Roche
May 5, 2016
Pat. My sincere thoughts. Bev and I were so fortunate to have met him 2 years ago in Ottawa. All the best to you and family
Doug mclean
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