Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West, Dundas, ON


Jim Kennelly

December 17, 1928July 16, 2019

Peacefully at home on July 16, 2019 in his 91st year. Predeceased by his loving wife Kathleen (1987), and his siblings Joseph, Lillian, Delores, Gerald, and his twin brother, Jack. Survived by his loving wife, Kathryn. He will be missed by his children Mike (daughter Mirriah), Maureen (Dan), Tim (Brigitte) and devoted grandchildren Nolan and Brianna. Jim worked 53 years in sales at Craft Originators. He moved to Shalom Village in 2005 and spent 14 happy years there. Jim was a talented artist, and spent many hours volunteering at Shalom comforting the sick and feeding those who could not do so themselves. Friends will be received at the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME “Swackhamer Chapel” 195 King Street West, Dundas on Thursday, July 18th from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Parish, 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas on Friday, July 19th at 10am. Interment to follow at St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Dundas. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Shalom Village over the years, there are too many of you to mention. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Shalom Village, Hamilton. Online condolences may be made at www.marlattfhdundas.com I am grateful for a wonderful life, many blessings, loving friends and family. -Jim


  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 19, 2019


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Thornton Cass

July 18, 2019

Jim was one of a kind. I had the honour to work with him in 1978 and to call him a true friend for the past forty-one years. He was honest, straight forward, loyal, kind, generous, mischievous and with a sense of humour that led us to some interesting adventures. But above all, he sincerely loved people. And they in turn loved him. I have always felt that it was this single special attribute that made Jim the greatest sales person I have ever met. His contribution to the company at Craft Originators Inc was immeasurable. I will miss Jim. We are fortunate to have many examples of his art and I am blessed with great memories. He will never be forgotten.

Heather Ransbury

July 18, 2019

Deepest sympathy to the entire Kennelly family. May the many fond memories of Jim help you through this difficult time. He was a true friend and an amazing artist.

Jim Tokos & Heather

Fernando Viola

July 18, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear father Jim. Jim was a dear friend who was very dear to me. I regret that I can not attend the visitation as I am in the hospital. I cherish the memories and visits from Jim. Rest In Peace my good friend.
Fernando Viola and family

Sarah Webster

July 18, 2019

It is with a heavy heart to hear of Jim’s passing. I met Jim many years ago as part of a school project in life story writing, got to know him better during my years working at Shalom and was so lucky to be able to call him a friend. Jim was compassionate, thoughtful and so generous with his smile and his time. He was always happy to help out or do what he could to make someone else’s day a little better. I have a few pieces of his art that have travelled with me and remain on my walls here in Kingston today- special reminders of a dear friend and someone I was so lucky to know. My heart goes out to all of Jim’s family and friends who are better for knowing him. 💜

Linda Symonds

July 18, 2019

I am so sorry that I am unable to attend Jim's funeral. We were very close and visited back and forth for years. I am lucky enough to have a few of his paintings. He was a wonderful artist and a very compassionate human being. He will be missed by so many. My condolences to his family. There will be joy in heaven when all his loved ones welcome him home.

Belinda Tisnower

July 17, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Jim during both my time as staff at Shalom Village working in programming and as a visitor to Shalom Village starting in 2008.. He was a great volunteer in both the palliative program spending selfless hours of his time providing comfort to residents in their last days and hours. He also volunteered daily feeding residents in the LTC dining rooms.

In the last number of years most of my memories of Jim occurred outside where he would sit and talk with everyone as they were walking in or out of the building. My family is fortunate to have drawings he did of my nephews and my aunt who is currently in Shalom Village LTC has a painting of Jim’s on her wall.

My condolences are with his loved ones at this difficult time.

Christine Senior

July 17, 2019

All of my love and support for Maureen and your family during this sad time. Thank you for taking me to meet your dad on my journey, he was clearly a sweet, generous and kind soul -which has carried on in his children. What an interesting and creative life he lived, leaving behind tangible evidence of his talent and love for life.

Dave & Bonnie Loewith

July 17, 2019

Jim was a wonderful, warm person, always very positive & cheerful when we saw him at Shalom Village. We treasured our relationship with him. Whenever we look at his painting of our farm we will remember him fondly. We're sorry that we're away this week & can't be there in person, but know that our thoughts are with you.

David & Bonnie Loewith

Laura and Dale Brandt

July 17, 2019

To Jim’s family,

Dale and I send our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. We didn’t see Jim very often, but when we did, we always left with a smile.

Take care of each other.

Laura and Dale

Doreen Korman

July 17, 2019

To the Kennelly family:
Your Father will be greatly missed by myself and our friendship treasured from our times shared at Shalom Village over many years. Shalom Village won’t be the same without Jim. His caring of others was nothing short of amazing and to be admired. I am grateful for having two original Jim Kennelly originals in my possession. They will be cherished and treasured as my memories of your special Dad. His life was most definitely “well lived”.