William C. (Patches) Kelly, passed away on January 27, 2012 at the Riverview Nursing Home at the age of 75. Patches was a resident of Boerne since 1978, moving here from Toronto, Canada. He was born in Kenora, Ontario, Canada on May 17, 1936 to Cecil and Marianne Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Michaela Katzer. Patches owned and operated “Patches Kelly Roof Repair” from 1978 till 2010. He always said, “The roof could blow away but his repair would still be there.” He loved people and always had a saying or a joke for whoever he met. He loved going to Chili’s in Boerne, to visit with a friend of 30 years, Gene Morton, and friends that he met over the years. He always had a new blond joke for everyone. The Texas Lotto will most likely go broke now that Patches isn’t here to support it. He is survived by his Ex-wife, best friend, and companion, Sandra (Sandy) Kelly, of Boerne; children, Carolyn Brown, of Toronto, Canada, Marianne Corrine McCleary (Bill) of Frisco, Texas, Cheryl O’Dwyer (Joe) of Toronto, Canada, Cindy Minke (Rick) of Chesley, Canada, Nancy Sue Finklea Honea (Ted) of CO and Jody Finklea of Boerne; grandchildren, Michelle and Brandon Brown of Toronto, Canada, April Campbell (Eric) of San Antonio, Bonnie Goodall of Pleasanton, Shawn, Christie, and David O’Dwyer of Toronto, Canada, Ryan (Jess), Curtis, Lindsey, and Daniel Minke of Chesley, Canada, Lara and Trent Pare’ of Boerne and Kaitlin Cheyenne Reichenau (Luke) of Boerne; great grandchildren, Bryna Campbell of San Antonio, Jaxon Garcia of Pleasanton, and Michaela Fae Reichenau of Boene. In lieu of the traditional observance, we will have an Irish Wake at a later date to be announced. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.
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Marianne Corrine Kelly McCleary
The father I have always loved. No one can ever replace the unique person you were. Your jokes, your home remedies that you always had everyone else try, your eating quirks, which some of us seem to have taken to. Butter, escargot, lobster, frog legs, pork chops and french fries, and black licorice, candy bars and chocolate milk, to name a very few.
The man who gave me my first beer when I was eight years old and we were fishing with uncle Ken.
You used to say to us "bow to the light of the world" and "kiss my feet" and then laugh your head off.
When we would tell you we loved you, you were so uncomfortable that you would pretend it did not happen. Years later, you began to get used to it and we always were so happy to hear you say you loved us. We used to grab you and hug you on purpose just to see you blush. I always knew that you loved me but it was so nice and cute to hear you say so.
We all miss you and cannot wait to join you at "The Rock".(this is where most of us want our ashes spread". Your loving daughter Corrine aka Corky aka Coco.
neighbour of mom and pops Kelly
Well we got to be in the company of Bill a few times and there wasn,t a minute go by that Bill didn,t have you laughing,lets hope that some of Bills humor has rubbed off on the loved ones that he has left behind!!
Untill we meet again Bill rest in peace!! All our condolences to his loved ones from Ed and Donna Brown,he will be missed dearly..
WHERE DO I BEGIN..I GUESS I HAVE TO START BY SAYING YOU HAVE BEEN ONE OF MY CRAZIEST, FUNNIEST FRIENDS. EXCENTRIC TO SAY THE LEAST. WHOSE GONNA BITCH ABOUT NOT HAVING REAL BUTTER NOW? I MUST GIVE YOU FULL CREDIT FOR MY CONVERSION TO REAL BUTTER 20 SOME ODD YEARS AGO. (GENE WILL BE MAD THAT I SAID IT WAS YOU AND NOT HIM...I KNOW YOUR ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LYAO.) I AM GOING TO MISS YOUR SIGNATURE FASHION STATEMENT OF THE RED AND WHITE CHECK WITH SNAPS...SOME OF YOUR NEWER FRIENDS MAY NOT GET THAT, BUT BACK IN YOUR HAYDAY, DID YOU EVER WEAR ANYTHING ELSE? YOU ARE MY ONLY FRIEND THAT EVERYTIME WE WENT TO THE BEACH, ST THOMAS INCLUDED YOU FAITHFULLY HAD ON YOUR BROGANS. I WILL BE TRYING TO FIND THOSE PICTURES FOR YOUR PARTY. IT'S GONNA BE WEIRD AND SAD FOR ME TO GO TO CHILIS AND NOT SEE YOU ANYMORE. I AM SO HAPPY WE GOT TO SPEND ONE MORE NEW YEARS PARTY WITH YOU. I KNOW CECIL IS HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN, TELL HIM I SAID HELLO. WHOSE GONNA TELL THE BLONDE JOKES NOW? LOVE YOU CRAZY GUY. SEE YOU IN OUR NEXT LIFE.
good friend and Neighbour!
Bill and I grew up, on Donald Street, in Fort William Ontario.We left School, and began our working careers ,working for CPR Telegraphs, as Linemen.as young Men, it was more fun than work!! as time went by, we went our separate ways, but always seemed to make contact as life progressed.
Bill will be missed, but always remembered.
Bob Odene & Todd Elvish
It saddens us that we will never hear your silly jokes that sometimes distasteful. Or how after telling a joke you'd laugh your fool head off; as if it was the first time you ever told it. You were a character and a half who seemed to want to laugh your whole life if you thought you could. We will miss you dearly.
We wish you all love and peace in your heart.
Joe, Cheryl, Shawn, Christie, and David O'Dwyer
Friend & Family
We're sorry to hear about Patches. Wish we had gotten together for one last round of penny poker! We had some good times! There isn't a time that I can remember Patches not smiling! My sympathies to all the family.
-Shelby & Charles and family
Gary & Grace Collins
Friends since teenagers
We will always remember Bill's special chuckle , it was different from anyone , nobody could chuckle like Bill.He always had a smile on his face & loved his "Jack Daniel" We were close friends while Bill lived in Fort William(now Thunder Bay ) Ontario, Canada. Though the miles separated us we somehow managed to keep in touch, sometimes with a space in between of not hearing from one another, we came together again.Being an only child Bill was a little spoiled by his loving parents.He brought Sandy into our lives & we would always meet up with the both of them when we took our bus tours & when they came to Thunder Bay. It was always wonderful to see the both of them.Now , our friend ,Bill has taken his final journey to be with his Mom & DAD again. We will miss you Bill, you were a good friend. To his loving family & especially Sandy may the joy & happiness Bill has now uniting with his Mom & Dad , surrounded in God's love, overflow to fill each of your hearts & comfort you.
With our heartfelt sympathy
Gary & Grace Collins
To my Dad,
I hope you are at peace and have connected with all who have passed before you.
Knowing that we had created some great memories and recent ones, I will treasure them always.
Goodbye for now, I love you and I will miss you terribly.
Patches we will miss your smiling face,but we know you are in a better place.. May you rest in peace. You were always loved by everyone.We will miss you.
Love to all. Cathy & Bill Schmidt.
We lived next door to Sandy and Patches back in 90-92, What a hoot to have them as neighbors! We'd typically spend the weekends over in the pool, which seemed to always be full! I'll always remember trying snails for the first time, Patches' super cool ice machine, the massive wads of cash he seemed to always have in his pockets (I'd never seen so many $100 bills at 10 years old), and a house full of laughs! I'll forever cherish the time spent over at the Kelly's home. Rest in peace Patches. Love Always, Andrea