McKelvey, Patrick James

March 11, 1960 – October 7, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce that Pat passed away peacefully, with family around him, after a brief illness at Nanaimo Palliative Care Unit. Predeceased by father, Jim McKelvey; mother, Edrie McKelvey; and brother, David McKelvey. He is survived by his fiancé and best friend, Melanie; his daughter and best friend, Sarah; stepsons Dustin and Bailey; brother, Brad (Lee); and nephews, Dan and Erik; plus many more friends and family.

Pat was born and raised in Port Alberni where he said that he had the best childhood. As a young Canadian boy, he enjoyed camping, fishing, hockey, boxing, lacrosse and growing up outdoors. Pat started working at the Photography House where he later became a manager. He then began his retail career working as a clerk at Woodwards in Port Alberni. Furthering his career as a store manager, he spent time working in several retail stores in BC. Later, in need of a change, he took on the position of manager and co-owner of the Levi’s stores in Nanaimo and Whistler. For the last 10 years of his life, he worked as the proud marketing manager at the Nanaimo Hudson Bay Company, where he was adored and respected by all. He loved his job and took pride in everything he did. When away from work, Pat spent the majority of his time outdoors – either running, biking, weight lifting, or entertaining family and friends.

All who knew him will miss him greatly, and remember his inspiring ways and overall love for life. You will be missed beyond words but will forever be in our hearts.

“There are places where they never sleep

And the circus never ends

So I will take the Marley Bone Coach

And whistle down the wind”

The family would like to thank all of the incredible doctors and nurses at the Victoria Jubilee hospital on the 8th floor and the Palliative Care Unit in Nanaimo for their great care and kindness during Pat’s short illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC cancer society. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday October 20th at the Eagles Hall (921 – 1st Avenue) Ladysmith from 1 to 3 pm. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Telford’s of Ladysmith

(250)245 – 5553

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