Vernon Stanley (Dewey) Kealty

Vernon Stanley (Dewey) Kealty

Dewey was born and raised in Nash Creek, New Brunswick, the eldest of seven children. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa. After leaving the navy at the end of WWII, he headed west and eventually settled in Terrace, BC in 1948, where he met Jenny, a nurse at the Red Cross hospital. They married in 1950 and together they raised three daughters, their son Kim died in infancy.

He spent the majority of his working years in the logging industry. He retired in the late 1980’s after building logging roads with his trusty D8 CAT in his favourite Kalum, Copper and Nass valleys.

His first love was his family and friends. He enjoyed good jokes, camping in the Yukon, reading, woodworking and trips home to New Brunswick. Without complaint, Dewey lived with the disabling effects of Parkinson’s disease. When asked how he was, he always said “100%, can I sell you half?”

Dewey is survived by Jenny, his wife of 58 years; daughters Cathy (Gerry), Bev, Vivian; grandchildren Cheryl (Aurelio), Richard, Michael (Kim), Nicholas (Marie); great grandchildren: Miranda, Chad, Olivia and new baby due January 13th; siblings Jack, Teenie (Sonny), Naomi (Larry), Don (Freda), Tom (Sandy); aunt Amy; sister-in-law Cathie (Elbert) and many nieces and nephews. Dewey was predeceased by his parents and brother Bill. Loved by all. Memorial donations can be sent to the Parkinson’s Society of BC.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 14th at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, 250-860-7077.

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