Obituary – Sean Kiely


With profound sadness, we announce that Sean Kiely, the brightest star in our universe, suddenly passed away at his home on 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, 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 by 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; his mother told him that he already was – he just didn’t get paid for it.
Sean was a people person and he always brought a smile. He was beloved by a multitude of friends and 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 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, the Kincardine 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 (Davey Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine ON N2Z 1Z5; 519-396-2701;
There will be a private family service and a celebration of his life for everyone at a later date. Portrait and memorial online at

Obituary – Sean Kiely was last modified: February 16th, 2021 by Dianna Martell

3 thoughts on “Obituary – Sean Kiely

  1. I’ll miss you and always have you in my heart I promise to listen to the best punk rock on days that need a little more patience

  2. I think of him every single day. I miss his presence very much. Words cannot quite describe the sadness I feel that he is Gone. A great loss

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