MNO Veteran & Senator George Kelly passes

By: Joseph Paquette, President of the MNO Veterans Council

Veteran and Senator George Kelly with his sisters Senator Lois McCallum (left) and Senator Reta Gordon (right)

We mourn the loss of our Veteran, Senator George Kelly.

While vacationing in Florida with his wife Carmen, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veteran Council Senator, Veteran George Kelly, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013.

George joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and served from 1952 until his honourable discharge in 1957.  During his five year career, George served on the High Seas with NATO COMMAND and during the Korean Conflict he served on board the H.M.C.S. SIOUX, the H.M.C.S. ATHABASKAN and the H.M.C.S. ALGONQUIN. George was well known for wearing his “original issue” Naval “flat top hat”. He was so proud of his “white pancake”.

A founding member of the MNO, George attended the 1994 MNO Founding AGA Meeting in Toronto and has been involved with MNO activities ever since.

George joined the MNO Veterans Council as Senator for the MNO Veterans in June 2012. During this time, he offered support to the Veterans Council and established an “open door policy” between the MNO youths and Veterans.

At the 2012 MNO Annual General Assembly (AGA), George was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and the Louis Riel Certificate. He was also honoured by the Métis National Council and the Saskatchewan Back to Batoche Days in 2011.

A City of Ottawa employee of 33 years, George also served as a Special Constable with the Ottawa Police and as a City of Ottawa Councilor.

George was very involved in the Ottawa community and gave much of his time to volunteering with a myriad of organizations. He also volunteered as Santa Claus at community events for 20 years.

Dedicating much of his life to volunteering, George was honoured with the Humanitarian Award for Dedicated Unselfish Service, the highest award presented to a community volunteer by a service club, in 1988 from the East Ottawa Optimist Club.

George was always about community and his heart was with the Métis Veterans.

We will surely miss you George…mon vieu Viau!

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