November 24, 1955 – December 8, 2019
Remembering Marian Sarah Kealy ~ After a long and courageous battle with cancer, fighting to stay with us for as long as she could, Marian Sarah Kealy died peacefully with family at her side on December 8, 2019 at 6:15 AM at Comox Valley Hospice Comox Vancouver Island, Vancouver BC. She was 64 years young.
Marian will be forever loved and remembered by her husband Bryan Cuthill, nephews Michael and Derek Kealy (Jennifer) and their children, Abigail and Theodore, brothers Patrick (Beryl), Martin (Joanne), and Thomas (Maria) and sisters-in-law Camille Cuthill and Heather Wilson. Marian will also be missed by many other loving extended family members, close friends and colleagues all of whom meant so much to her.
Marian was predeceased by her father Thomas Kealy of Marshallstown Castledermot Co. Kildare, Ireland, her mother Christina Shiels of Luggacurren Co. Laois, Ireland, and brother Michael Kealy of Marshallstown Castledermot Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Marian was born in Marshallstown, Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland, on November 24, 1955.
As a teenager Marian worked as a clerk in McKenna’s Chemist in Castledermot. In 1980 Marian was welcomed into a position with the Eastern Health Board and spent her business days and nights in Dublin, commuting on weekends to help her widowed father at home.
Working generally in an administrative leadership role Marian had daily contact with all manner of medical professions, and “ran the entire operation with diplomacy and charm, not an easy task in a busy Department.”
In September 1987 Marian moved to Toronto, Canada primarily to care of her recently-born Nephew, Michael Ryan Kealy. Officially a nanny, Marian soon applied for permission to join the labor force and quickly was hired by A&P Canada as a cashier, rapidly moving into a position of a bookkeeper.
Professionally, over the years, Marian progressed into various administrative leadership roles within the healthcare sector in Toronto, Vancouver and Comox, BC. She was highly regarded for her leadership style, one that could “lead from behind, beside or in front” as each situation necessitated.
Her many passions included gardening, Bryan’s and her felines, running half and full marathons, cooking, baking, music, dancing, kayaking, and reading. She was truly an exceptional storyteller. Marian will be remembered lovingly as being creative, determined, hard-working, fun-loving, compassionate, kind and immensely generous of spirit.
Marian enjoyed life to the fullest, always with a splendid smile, a contagious laugh and a welcoming heart.
A Celebration of Life that was to be held May 24. 2020 is postponed indefinitely due to COVID19. In Memory of Marian donations to Kitty Cat PALS (Kitty Cat Prevent a Litter Society) or the Comox Valley Hospice Society would be appreciated.
Rest in peace Marian, after a life well lived.
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