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Peter Anthony GELLEY
Père : Charles GELLEY
Mère : Pearl GELLEY
Décès le : 2006-08-03
Parution : 2006-08-05
Conjoint(e) : Marion GELLEY
Paru dans : The Standard, St. Catharines, ON

GELLEY, Peter Anthony (Tony) - at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital on August 3, 2006. Our beloved Dad and Papa left us to join his family in Heaven and finally be free of pain. Tony was born on August 24, 1920 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he was the 5th child out of a family of 10 and was the last surviving of his immediate family. In 1940, he joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers to serve his country as a proud Canadian. After spending some time in Jamaica he was eventually sent to fight in the battle to defend Hong Kong during World War II. He was taken prisoner of war (POW) on Christmas Day in 1941 and spent the next four years in three prison camps - the first was North Point, Hong Kong; the second was Sham Shui Po, Kowloon and the final was Niiagata, Japan where he was finally released from internment. After returning home, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a bet and moved to Regina. Upon retiring from the RCMP, he became an insurance adjuster with Portage La Praire Mutual and returned to Winnipeg later transferring to St. Catharines. In 2005 - The Year of the Veteran, he overcame many obstacles to go to Ottawa and be honoured by his country with many other veterans. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years, Marion (2002) and also by his Mother, Pearl; Father, Charles; brothers - Bill, Louie, Abby, John, Eddie, Donny; and his favorite siblings, his sisters - Lucienne, Madeline and Gwendolyn. Tony loved and always took wonderful care of his family and there was nothing he wouldn't do for us. He is survived by his daughter, Denise and son-in-law, Bruce McLachlan; granddaughter Danielle; grandson Mack and his wife, Karen and his first great grandson Keegan Anthony (who put the sparkle back in his eyes these last few months); his sisters-in- law; Kay Schonhoffer and Anne Behl; and, many nieces and nephews - especially Bill and his late wife June (July 2006) Isbell and Ron and Josie Behl. For many years Tony enjoyed meeting his breakfast friends known as “The Harvey's Gang“ and later became “The A&W Crew.“ Cremation has taken place and a mass will be held on Tuesday, August 8 at St. Denis Parish at 1:00 p.m. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Hong Kong Veterans Commerative Association or a charity of your choice. We would like to thank the 2nd floor nurses for being so caring and taking such wonderful care of Dad. Memorial donations may be arranged through the PATRICK J. DARTE FUNERAL CHAPEL - 905-685-6584. “LEST WE FORGET“ 10283088

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