Anthony (Tony) Hugh O'Neill Kiley
Obituary for Anthony (Tony) Hugh O'Neill Kiley
ANTHONY (TONY) HUGH O’NEILL KILEY CD
Tony has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with beloved pets, family and in the garden of his dreams. He died Friday July 24th, 2020 at the age of 55 in the Halifax Infirmary. He was the third son of Mary JOYCE Kiley and Kenneth William Kiley.
Tony was born June 14th, 1965 in Halifax but lived his early years in CFB Greenwood. At the age of seven the family made the grand trek back to Dartmouth in an Austin station wagon; in the days before seat belts. There were four kids, a dog, two cats, tadpoles and a pine tree in the back fold down seats.
He attended Saint Mary’s University to study Political Science achieving his Honours and later at Carleton University in Ottawa and St. Andrews in Scotland. Tony had a varied career path working at the Nova Scotia Legislature, as a re-enactor at the Halifax Citadel, Citadel Head Guide with Parks Canada, Nova Scotia EMO, and lastly with Transport Canada. Throughout, he served 32 years with the Canadian Army Reserve and the Air Reserve. His time with the Air Reserve included deployment to Swiss Air Recovery. He was awarded his Canadian Decoration and the Queens Jubilee Medal.
Tony enjoyed travel, history… especially 18th century naval warfare a focus for his studies, art …especially Kadlac, rose gardening, collecting books (too many buddy) and scotch, and most especially his beloved German Shepherds, Betsy and Brutus. He was such a sucker for a furry face he went out of his way to adopt two kittens found in a cardboard box in a ditch, one Mouse is still with family 16 years later.
Tony is survived by his mother M. Joyce Kiley for whom he cared for at home for over 15 years, by sister Beth Kiley of Dartmouth, brothers Patrick (Heather) of Calgary, and Colin (Nancy) of Dartmouth. His nieces Lauren Grace (Jon) of Halifax, Megan (Rowan) of Calgary and nephew Ryan of Calgary. His great nephew and special buddy Kinley, and super great nieces Ashley and Natasha. Tony was predeceased by his father Kenneth William Kiley, with whom he is now busy gardening.
Cremation has occurred. There is no service planned at this time due to travel restrictions on family from COVID.
Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the Nova Scotia SPCA – PAWS Program. We cannot thank the SPCA enough for their assistance during his sudden illness. The family would also like to express sincere appreciation to the QEII Health Sciences Centre staff of 5.2 ICU, 3A ICU, 3IMCU, 8.4 and the Palliative & Spiritual Care Service during Tony’s illness. He was very grateful for your care. The family also would like to thank family and friends who rallied to help with other matters…you know who you are. You are all AMAZING!
“Unhappy am I because this has happened to me-not so, but happy am I, though this has happened to me because I continue free from pain neither crushed by the present nor fearing the future”. Marcus Aurelius
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