Desmond Patrick Kelly

May 1, 1948 ~ November 24, 2021 (age 73)


It is with heavy hearts and joyful memory that we announce the passing of our beloved Desmond Patrick Kelly at the age of 73, after succumbing to a 2 year, hard-fought battle with cancer.  Devoted husband of 53 years and best friend to Mary (nee Curley). Loving father to Laura and Sean. Proud poppy to Desmond, Jazmine, Emerson, and Avery.  Desmond is survived by his siblings Seamus, Elish (John), Imelda (Willie), and John (Kathleen), sisters-in-law Teresa, Lucy (Mike), and brothers-in-law James, Martin (Debbie), John (Geraldine), Geraldine Curley. He is predeceased by his parents Patrick and Mary Kelly, siblings Rosemary Macgill and Angela Russell, and brothers-in-law Kieran and Kenneth Curley. 

A true Irish gentleman, he will be greatly missed with tender fondness, music, and stories by his many nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues. 

In loving memory of Desmond we are receiving flowers and donations to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada and/or the Canadian Cancer Society and we thank you in advance for your generous gifts and contributions. 

Desmond’s strong, generous, and steady spirit will live on in our hearts for generations to come. 

A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Peterborough Regional Health Centre for your professional care and compassion: Dr. Black, Dr. Jeyabalan, Dr. J. Broomfield, and Dr. A. Wilson. 

All are invited to attend a celebration of Desmond’s life at the HIGHLAND PARK FUNERAL CENTRE, 2510 Bensfort Road, Peterborough, on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. followed by a reception. Due to limited space, those wishing to attend the celebration of life must pre-register below. To allow for full capacity in the funeral home, proof of double vaccination and a piece of photo identification is required if you are attending. Masks or face coverings are mandatory.

If you are unable to attend Desmond's celebration of life, you can watch live via zoom at the following link:

A recording will be made available here following the service


To send flowers to Desmond's family, please visit our floral store.


Celebration of life service and reception
November 28, 2021

1:00 PM
Highland Park Funeral Centre, Bensfort Rd, Peterborough)

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 67 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place


Crohn's and Colitis Canada
600-60 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5,
Tel: (416) 920-5035, 1-800-387-1479

Canadian Cancer Society
730 The Kingsway Unit 2., Peterborough ON K9J 6W6
Tel: 1-705-742-3823

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