John Patrick Kelly,
1934 – 2015
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of MNO citizen and Métis veteran John Kelly who died peacefully on February 24, 2015. John was the brother of MNO Executive Senator Reta Gordon and MNO Ottawa Region Métis Council Senator Lois McCallum and is predeceased by his brother MNO Veterans’ Council Senator George Kelly.

On behalf of all MNO citizens I would like to express condolences to John’s whole family. I hope that it is a comfort to John’s family to know that their extended Métis family throughout the MNO are praying with, and for them, at this time.

John served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was a retired Ottawa Police Constable. He was the cherished husband of Jeannine. Devoted father to John (Betty). Dear grandfather to Patrick. Will be greatly missed by his siblings Lois (Walter), Reta (Ronnie), Robert (Judith), Gordon (Betty), Barbara (Chris), Larry (Gail), and Leonard. Predeceased by his brothers George and Donald. Fondly remembered by his extended family, nieces, nephews and friends. John was a founding member of the Ottawa Police Association Pipes and Drums. An original member and instructor of the Ottawa Police Underwater Squad. Former member of the Cameron Highlanders Pipes and Drums. Family and friends are invited to a visitation at Kelly Funeral Home – Somerset Chapel 585 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON. Phone 613-235-6712; website:; on Tuesday March 3, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Funeral Service to be held in the chapel on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment to take place at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in spring. If desired, donations may be made to the Ottawa Hospital Riverside Campus (Dialysis Unit) in memory of John.

Gary Lipinski,
Métis Nation of Ontario