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February 3, 2021

Sean Gregory Kiely, formerly of Kincardine, died suddenly at his home, Feb. 3, 2021, at the age of 41. Cherished son of Fran and Basil McCarthy. Predeceased by his biological father, John Kiely; and his grandparents, Leslie Hopkins, and Mervyn and Elizabeth McCarthy. Dearly loved and missed by his sisters and brothers, Lori (Steven) Cornell, Matthew (Kim) Kiely, Shari (Dave) Martin and Michael (Lisa) McCarthy. Adored by his grandmother, Norma Hopkins; also loved and missed by his special uncle and friend, Chris Boron Musick; uncles, Joe Musick and Doug Musick; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Sean was a unique and extraordinary person! His off-the-cuff remarks and jokes were legendary! When he was a child, he always said he wanted to be an actor and his mother told him that he was, he just didn't get paid for it. He was a people person and he always brought a smile. He was beloved by a multitude of friends and he took all of his friendships very seriously. He elicited love and he gave it in abundance. He was truly invested in his relationships. Sean would help anyone at any time. He had a heart the size of the universe. Besides his love for his family, friends and his dog, Hank, Sean's other great love was music and he could play many instruments. He started with the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band, as a drummer, at the age of nine and quickly progressed into the competitive circles. His great love, though, was guitar. He played with many groups and did a stint with a band that went on a cross-Canada tour. He also loved to work in the garden. It is difficult to list all the talents and accomplishments of this young man or to describe his “larger-than-life” personality in a couple of paragraphs. Sean's post-college career started out in media communications. He excelled at newspapers in Hamilton and Barrie, but after a number of years, he found that he was happiest out of the office, troubleshooting, tinkering with gadgets, and fixing everything, especially electronics. To say Sean will be missed, is an understatement. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society, a dog shelter of your choice, or the Kincardine Summer Music Festival which fosters young people's love of music, or plant a tree. Donations can be arranged on-line or through the funeral home; There will be a private family service and Celebration of Life for everyone, at a later date.