KELLY, Clifford D.
Clifford D. Kelly
Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant Clifford D. Kelly passed away at home on the island August 28, 2020, 2 months shy of 90 years old.
He and his wife, Jan Sharkey Thomas, had rediscovered each other five decades after their childhood romance in the mid forties in Yonkers, NY. They enjoyed almost 20 years of happy marriage after the age of 70 on our glorious Salt Spring Island. Cliff was fascinated by the luxurious wildlife of our island and was an ardent photographer, showing many of his prized images of Eagles, seals and deer with Saltspring’s Photo Club.
Cliff is survived by six of his seven children from an early marriage in California and he will be remembered lovingly by his wife, Jan and her three sons, “the best dad we ever had!”
We sincerely thank the generous and sensitive home care workers and doctors during Cliff’s last weeks and would like to suggest in lieu of flowers, a gift to the Island Wildlife center at PO Box 678 Station Ganges BC V8K-1W3. www.sealrescue.org .