Dr. James Patrick O'Boyle Kelly

29-Mar-1928 - 03-Dec-2019

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Dr. James Patrick O'Boyle Kelly


O’BOYLE KELLY, Dr. James Patrick
1928 - 2019
Dr. Patrick O’Boyle Kelly’s journey of devotion, adventure and restless curiosity came to a close at Quinte Gardens Retirement Home, Belleville on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his parents Louise Boyle and Alphonsus Kelly, along with his siblings Mary, Brian, and Brenda all of Ireland. Dear father of Daniel O’Boyle Kelly (Mary Anne) of Belleville, Fergus O’Boyle Kelly of Vancouver and Ann Louise O’Boyle Kelly (Jim Politis) of Melbourne, Australia. Ever remembered by his loving partner Patricia Asselstine as well as Patricia’s daughter Ericka McClelland and her family in Tennessee. Affectionally known as Poppa and remembered by his wonderful grandchildren Chloe and Hannah O’Boyle Kelly, Liam and Ava Politis and the loving mother of his children, Rosemary O’Boyle Kelly in Burwell, England.
A doctor to the core, Patrick never thought of doing anything else. Raised in Fahan, Donegal by his physician mother “Doc” Louise Boyle-Kelly, he graduated from medical school at University College Dublin in 1954, and after a brief stint in London England to further his studies, he grabbed his black medical bag with wanderlust and boundless curiosity. He joined on as a ship’s surgeon for the venerable P&O Steam Navigation Co. sailing between England, Australia and the Far East. In 1959, he ventured west and became a general surgeon in Dunrae, Manitoba, the only country doctor within 600 miles. He returned to England for more studies and then signed on as a medico with the Irish Army under the original UN peacekeeping force in the Congo 1962-1963. He returned to England, married, immigrated to Grand Falls, Newfoundland and eventually landed in Belleville, Ontario in 1967 where he was an obstetrician/gynecologist for more than 30 years. That’s a lot of babies named Patrick. He officially retired in 2000 before again deciding to return to Africa as a Volunteer Canadian Physician (FIGO) in Uganda for a brief period providing consultation and training to local doctors. Being a doctor was his true calling and a devotion that drove him to the very end.
O.B.K. - as he was affectionally known - was a cofounder of the Quinte Irish Canadian Society (1979) as well as one of the founding builders of the Belleville Fitness and Squash Club. He was an active member of Kiwanis Belleville, the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club and later shared his love of song as a member of the Trentones (A Cappella Quinte) Barbershop Harmony group. But his real passion was messing about in boats and being on the water - whether it was terrorizing anyone that challenged his knowledge of race rules, crooning Irish ballads under a full moon on a midnight sail, or burying the winches on a hard tack upwind. An avid sailor, he honed his mariner skills first on small wooden sloops in Lough Swilly, Ireland, then with his Marnier O’Day 22 and eventually with his longstanding summer mistress - his Viking 28 “Kraken”. Patrick’s last sail as skipper was helming Kraken across the finish line of the annual Katie Gray Race to Picton at the age of 90.
Doc OBK threw legendary St. Patrick’s Day parties, cooked a mean Thai curry (extra spicy) and loved to share a jar (Jameson or Guinness), a laugh, a yarn or the Craic with both young and old. While his body slowly failed him, he was sharp as a whip to the end, spending his days reading, listening to music, participating in Dancing with Parkinson’s at the Quinte Ballet School, and continually trying to educate the staff at his retirement home about the disease that slowed him down so they could care for others. A special thanks to his loving caregiver Debbie Bovay, the Parkinson’s Support Group and those who cared for him at Quinte Gardens.
Friends may call at the Burke Funeral Home (613-968-6968), 150 Church St. Belleville on Tuesday December 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm.
Funeral Mass will be Celebrated from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Wednesday December 11th at 11 am with reception to follow at Bay of Quinte Yacht Club. Wear a touch of green for Patrick.
“So fill to me the parting glass, good night and joy be with you all.”
In lieu of flowers donation to the Parkinson Foundation would be appreciated. 

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Burke Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    10-Dec-2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Visitation

    Burke Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    10-Dec-2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Mass

    St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church

    Event Times:

    11-Dec-2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Reception

    Bay of Quinte Yacht Club

    Event Times:

    11-Dec-2019 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Posted by Wendy Sutherland | 18-Dec-2019


So sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. OBK. He assisted on my two c-section deliveries of my daughter Jamieson (2000) and my son Kelly (2001), of course he was a fan of their names which I assured him were pre-planned although he wanted to take the naming credit. My favourite memory was when I asked how everything looked while they were delivering my son he said "Everything looks great but I think you may need to do some extra sit ups!". I told him that I would have given him a kick if I could actually feel my legs... We all laughed. I also remember him from working out at the gym which I think is where the comment came from. A lovely, spirited man that enjoyed a fulfilling life. My condolences to his loved ones.

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Posted by Susan and Jim Pine (Nelles) | 11-Dec-2019


To Daniel, Fergus, Anne Louise and families. I was so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. He was a very special friend of our family and particularly in the later years to my Mom. Not only was he her obs/gyn, but they always seemed to enjoy each other’s company whenever they got together. I know my parents often commented that Patrick knew how to host a party and they attended many great ones on Dufferin! I think of you all often and am sorry I have not kept in touch. I am also sorry that I am not able to be at the visitation or service since I am in Vermont babysitting my granddaughter. I hope you will be able to cherish many special memories of your Dad. We will all miss him. With fondest regards, Susan.

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