KELLY Br Tony
KELLY (BR JAMES)
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Br James Antoninus (Tony) Kelly, aged 99 years, passed away on Friday 12 June in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after a brief illness.
Tony was a much loved and highly esteemed Christian Brother who was respected as an educator, mentor and leader.
He contributed much to Catholic Education in WA where he laboured for many years. Much admired by his fellow brothers, staff, parents and students for his energy and foresight, he will be greatly missed by all who have been touched by his presence.
Funeral details will be published later in the week
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KELLY (Br Tony):
Brother Tony Kelly taught me at CBC Perth in 1960 and he was a major reason why I obtained a very good Leaving Certificate examinations result and I liked and respected him for his dedication to every student in his classes. Over the last 10 years or so, I came to know Tony Kelly even better than I did all those years ago through visiting him and other Christian Brothers at their retirement home in Wembley for the morning teas organised by Gerard O’Neill (Trinity College class of 1964) and on other occasions. With due modesty, I feel that I can say that Tony and I became very good friends – sharing many jokes and enjoying good banter every time we met.
I recall so many conversations with Tony when we discussed ‘the important things in life’ but the one thing that is firmly locked in my memory is the occasions when Tony would rest his hand on my arm, as I sat next to him having a cup of tea, and he would say to me: “Tim, you don’t have to be a Catholic, you don’t have to go to Mass every Sunday and you don’t have to spend your life on your knees praying in order to get into Heaven. All you need to do is to be a good person.”
In the physical life that he’s just left, Tony was first and foremost, a good person. He was also an outstanding and exemplary man in every aspect of life – a very loving and caring man of immense intelligence who was passionate about teaching young boys how to become good men whilst giving them a thorough education which provided the opportunity for all of his students to live a useful and comfortable life.
Dear Brother Kelly was ‘as sharp as a tack’ right up to the last week of his life – albeit, ‘as deaf as a post’ for the last 5 years or so.
We are poorer for his departure and I will miss him greatly but Heaven is enriched with another wonderful Christian Brother illuminating the heavenly skyline with his humour, positive outlook, great intelligence …….and through being just a plain good person.
God Bless you Tony.
KELLY (Br Tony):
A Great man for a Great College. Trinity Demand the best, respect the effort. Always willing to listen. RIP.
KELLY (BR TONY)
The finest of men. A loyal friend and dear colleague. Pauline Godley. Aranmore
KELLY BROTHER TONY Everyone needs a lighthouse, and he was mine. John McMullan
KELLY BR J A "Little drops of water, little grains of sand..." You taught us so much more than Maths. Your humour, wisdom, generosity of spirit and inspiration will never be forgotten.
Aranmore Class of 88.
KELLY BROTHER TONY With deepest sympathy to his family and fellow Christian Brothers we mourn the passing of a man of faith, wisdom and wit.
Rest in Peace Hazel Megaw and family
KELLY BR J.A. (TONY)
With fond memories and great respect for a lovely man.
The Edwards family David Edwards, Class of 83
KELLY BR J A TONY Vale Jack. What a legend!
Thanks for educating us from 1962.
Yes we remember,
"Maths is the basis of all knowledge."
The Benson Family
KELLY BR JA On behalf of the Trinity College Auxiliary, our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Brother JA Kelly. A true Man for Others, whose lasting legacy will live on forever at Trinity College. Rest in Peace Brother Kelly. Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
KELLY (BR TONY)
It is with deep respect that we acknowledge the passing of our Headmaster and Teacher, Br "JAK" Kelly. We have immense appreciation for the enthusiasm, sincerity and inspiration he gave so generously to his students. Class of 1959, CBC Fremantle
KELLY BR J. A "Doyen of Trinity College Headmasters and second founder of the College".
Loved, respected, and will be honoured by all members of the Trinity College Community past, present and future.
Br Kelly's passion for the Trinity College Irish Pipes and Drums, which he inspired and established in 1962, was only surpassed by his love of the College itself. In his words "The huge number of Trinity Students who, over the College's history, have had the privilege of being schoolboy bandsmen, have richly benefited from their time in the Pipes and Drums".
"The traditions established, the heritage handed on, and the treasured bond of band and school are highlighted each year at Presentation Night when the lone piper, high above the stage of the Concert Hall, brings to a close the school's academic year with his haunting rendition of "Abide with Me".
"The band is truly an integral part of Trinity College's personality".
Rest in Peace Br Kelly knowing you have had a significant positive impact on the lives of so many Trinity College men. As the song that will be played by the lone piper for the generations to come concludes:
"Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me."
Peter Torre (Class of 1989) on behalf of all Trinity College Pipes and Drums members past and present.
KELLY BR JA (TONY)
Brother Kelly, my mentor and my wonderful friend. How I will miss you. Rest peacefully now, your work is done.
KELLY (BR J A)
On behalf of the Trinity College community, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of our former Headmaster, Brother J A Kelly. Our thoughts and prayers are offered to all those who knew him and special condolences are extended to his fellow Brothers.
A much loved and highly respected leader of our Community, Brother Kelly was a true 'Men for Others'. He dedicated his life to the true formation of others and leaves a most wonderful legacy to Trinity College.
Eternal rest grant unto Brother Kelly and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Rest in Peace Brother Kelly.
Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever!
Principal, Trinity College
KELLY (BR TONY)
A wonderful, inspiring and kind man, and a terrific teacher. Sadly missed. Alden Halse Trinity College 1972 Class
KELLY (BROTHER JA)
On behalf of the Trinity-Terrace Old Boy's Association, condolences are extended to the family of Brother JA Kelly and all who knew him. He was our founder and much loved, respected and treasured member of our community who dedicated his life In Nomine Domini to the education and betterment of many. Rest in Peace Brother Kelly. Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever
KELLY (BR TONY)
Passed away peacefully at 99 years. A gifted Headmaster, teacher, mentor and organiser. As an advisor and confidant to many he will be sadly missed. Old Boys Friday Morning Tea Group.
KELLY TONY Brother Tony Kelly, teacher, friend and inspiration. 99 but never out. Br Kelly gave so many of us a passion and direction that has stayed with us for life.
From Michael Malone, Aranmore Class of '86.