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Kelly Knuckle

October 8, 1971November 4, 2020
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On November 4th, 2020, Kelly Knuckle left the world after a lengthy battle with a complicated and degenerative neurological disorder. Kelly was in her 50th year and had led a life full of love, kindness, generosity, and laughter.

She leaves behind her husband, Brad Chichakian; her three wonderful children, Sam, Joe, and Vivi; her lovely mother, Elizabeth Knuckle; brothers Richard (Leanne) and Mark (Laura); sister Laura (Bob); sisters-in-law Lynne and Beth; and nieces and nephews Anya, Harlee, Lakota, Mckinley, Geneva, Justine, Alex, Robin, and Raya.

All those in Kelly’s vast network of close friends know that she was one of those people who could very quickly illuminate an entire room, and at the same time she would cry in the corner with anyone who needed a shoulder. She gave everything of herself to those in need, but was hesitant to burden others with her own troubles. She was a tenacious advocate for the unfortunate, and a gracious and energetic planner of uproarious fun. Her creativity was astounding, and she left joy, happiness, and friendship sprinkled behind her wherever the world had been graced by her presence.

Kelly was an eloquent and prolific writer and left for the world volumes of beautifully inspirational wisdom. If you would like to get a more accurate picture of what Kelly’s soul had to offer, we invite you to visit her Facebook page – Kelly Belly Kanuck.

Her family wishes to thank all those who have reached out to us in our sorrow, and we invite you to attend the visitations being offered at Marlatt Funeral Home, 195 King Street West, Dundas on Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. and again between 7:00 and 9:00. Due to COVID restrictions changing effective Monday, visitation will be by appointment only. Please call the funeral home (905-627-7452) to schedule a time. Private family service to take place on Monday. Please visit the Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel Facebook page to live stream the service at 1 p.m. (unfortunately, Covid limitations apply) We also encourage you to honour Kelly’s memory and your friendship with her by visiting the Marlatt home page and leaving a message of condolence.     www.marlattfhdundas.com

In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario due to COVID-19, all visitations, funerals and interments are restricted to a specified number of attendees. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering, as well as provide name and telephone number to funeral home staff. Please follow the directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival.

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Chris Mancinetti

November 23, 2020

To My Dearest Aunt Liz, Brad, and Family,

We have been in shock hearing of the suffering and loss of my beautiful cousin Kelly. My strong inclination, therefor, to want to visit you for Christmas of 2017 now makes perfect sense, and I’m so grateful for this short time we had. Never for a minute did I imagine that would be my last time seeing her or my Uncle Bob. They are sorely missed but live on thoroughly in my mind. Though separated by thousands of miles I have always felt close to Kelly. At the time of this last visit, we hadn't seen each other in 25 years yet it felt like we'd always been close and that not one bit of time had passed.

Personally, I do not believe in death – it’s one of life’s great illusions. Death is but a portal to new life and somewhere Kelly is dancing and loving just as she has done in this life so well. As Einstein said, everything in life is vibration and the total amount of energy in existence has always been and cannot be lost. With all of my being, I know that the loving, beautiful energy that animated my dear cousin will resonate eternally – for we have always been. Light returns to light, and she was a true light in many lives.

The way in which I felt that sense of knowing my cousin despite lengthy periods of time of our parting, I know we will see each other again and pick up exactly where we left off. Though the body that betrayed you passes, you live on – I know it! To Brad and her beautiful kids Sam, Joe and Vivi. Know this and celebrate your amazing mom with irreverent joy in the face of it. It’s hard, I know. I will celebrate with you, my wonderful cousin. I can still hear her clearly and sweetly in my mind. The sun will come out tomorrow!

Love to you all,
The Mancinetti Family (Chris, Mary, Niccolo, and Marco)
San Francisco, CA

Erin Kelly

November 23, 2020

I became a new mom around the same time Kelly and Brad had there son Sam. I met her at the mom and baby class on Tuesday mornings. It was always during the day and we were in a pretty bright room, but I tell...she made that room brighter when she walked through the door. I’ve since moved away from the area and when I heard of Kelly’s passing, my heart sank...a lot. I take comfort in knowing that every ounce of her time with us brought only good things. She is a cherished human being and her legacy of kindness and love will last a very very long time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rachel Kazwah

November 23, 2020

Our sweetest Kelly,
It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone, a part of us went with you. We think about you always, we talk about you still. We hold you close within our hearts, and there you will remain. You have touched so many lives, and greatly impacted us all. Your laugh was infectious, and your heart was made out of gold. We are so grateful when we realized that we would have rather known you for a moment, than never at all. You’re truly an amazing soul, and inspiring to all. The people you supported, will always remember you for the kind, loving, and funny person you are. We love you Kelly, thank you for blessing us with your presences and teaching us what selfless love is all about. Always loved, forever missed, but never forgotten.
Love always,
The Cornerstones's Family

Gwen and Neil Lamont

November 22, 2020

Liz and family: We are still in shock that Kelly is gone. Words cannot adequately express our sorrow. Kelly was one of a kind, a bright light, a caring soul who thought of others before herself. The first time I met her I was struck at how her smile lit up the room, how kind and caring she was, how bright and beautiful. We want you to know you are in our thoughts as you celebrate her life tomorrow. Love Gwen and Neil

Heather Graham

November 22, 2020

Dear Brad, Sam, Joe and Vivi:

Our thoughts are with you in this very difficult time. Kelly/your Mom was the first person to reach out and welcome us into the community. Mark remembers her tapping him on the shoulder to ask if he was new in the neighborhood. She joked that he was making life difficult for her because people were confusing Mark with Brad - and were calling to tell her that they saw Brad out with a strange woman :-).

We all carry in our hearts warm memories spent with her and all of you around the campfire, at parties at the house, and on fun outings together. Kelly had an enormous heart, and a great sense of fun. Shortly after my Mom died she came over to the house to offer me love and support, and to give me a cozy blanket I could cuddle up with when I felt sad. The boys say that one of their favorite memories is Kelly making pancakes the morning after a sleepover. They would line up - plates in hand - to catch the pancakes she would flip over her shoulder.

We all loved Kelly very much, and will really miss her. She was so full of life, and had a way of making everything and everyone feel better. We hope that your memories bring you comfort. She loved you all so much!

Love, Heather, Mark, Harrison & Garnet xoxo

Steve Strongman

November 22, 2020

Kelly was such a kind and thoughtful neighbour and friend. She was especially sweet with Scarlett - who has wonderful memories of the time she spent up North with Kelly, Viva and Rhea. We are so sorry for you loss.

Love, The Strongman Family
Steve, Meredith, Ella and Scarlett.

Jeffrey Anderson

November 22, 2020

The first time I met Kelly, I was a 14 yr boy. She was 13 in a tent in Gail's back yard. I met both girls in "Hooray for Hollywood" in the '84 Lynden Spring Revue. I had a crush on Gail and we arranged to meet that night. Kelly didn't know I was coming, because Kelly was shocked when I appeared. We all talked and laughed. Kelly laughed and laughed until she couldn't breath. She used an inhaler. I was so scared because I didn't know asthma. I covered my mouth with both hands so that I wouldn't say anything too funny. But Kelly saw and laugh and laugh more. Kelly was a joy to be around and I can't wait to see her again in the afterwords.

I would say to Kelly now: "There is a place in my memory in the shape of your smile"

Sue Stewart-Greene

November 21, 2020

This is a terrible loss for so many.
Kelly was a very magic special person and I feel grateful that I was able call her a freind .
Much love Sue and John

Nancy Fowler

November 21, 2020

Liz, Rich, Laura, Mark and Brad,
Hard to fathom this. My heart goes out to you as you face the enormity of your loss and I hope you can find some peace. Kelly's personality burned bright and all my memories are one's of pure fun between the Knuckle and Fowler families -- big hugs all around!

Leslie Anderson

November 20, 2020

Our Dear Liz and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts, thoughts , and prayers are with you.
Leslie and Terry.

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