Gilbert John Kielley

December 10, 1947 to August 23, 2020


Predeceased by his parents, Gilbert Sr./Kathleen Kielley and his son Todd Kielley.  Leaving to mourn his partner Leona Dube, son Chris Kielley & his mother, Roseanne Kielley, granddaughter Grace Kielley & her mother, Leslie Kielley, sister, Barbara Jamieson & family, and many dear friends near and far.  Gil (Skipper), was a truly passionate personality who touched so many of us all in his own special way.  His remarkable love of family and friends rewarded him with unbreakable bonds.  Gil’s tenacity combined with his strong will to fight for what is right allowed him to live a fulfilling life beyond all expectations.  Although Gil’s battle with health issues started 31 years ago, he continued to fight relentlessly and lived his 72 years to its fullest.  We will all miss him dearly.  Thankfully his love of music and of relationships walk hand in hand, where a simple song on the radio can whisk any of us back to a fond memory of Gil and the good times we shared together.  In lieu of flowers please donate to your local SPCA.

Rest in Peace bud.


My best friend and my most distant acquaintance;

My nemesis and my hero all in one day and for a lifetime…..

He has defied all reason of logic,

laughing at the reaper…..

Giving the world to those that can see his heart that is bigger than the universe,

but yet hidden in plain sight….

Even in his shy moments,

he is tougher than a tiger backed into a corner…..  

He has taught me love and respect for all, and today I wish him peace and everlasting love.  

Godspeed Skipper, CFK



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My dearest Leona,

I have always cherished our fun memories together. Gil was such a kind, thoughtful, giving, gentle and classy man. Although my time spent with you both was short compared to your life together, your impact on my life will never be forgotten.

I am so thankful to have met you both.

Our thoughts are with you! ❤️

Christa Pedersen and Family

Leona. Please accept my condolences at Gil’s passing Much love and fond memories. Scott Strong

Leona, just heard today about your husband’s passing. My deepest condolences to you & all your family. May all the loving, happy memories of him help ease your sorrow in the days ahead.

Oh the good times. Always remember you bud. Rest In Peace.

Leona and family,

Please accept my deepest condolences on Gil’s passing. He was always a pleasure to talk to when he drop by. Thoughts are with you all.

John Ryan.

Chris, I never met your dad, but I can tell how wonderful he must have been just by knowing you. We reflect the best parts of our parents thanks to the loving way they raised us. Take comfort in your memories as you grieve.

I first met Gill in the mid 80’s at the Carriage Works. It took me little time to know i adored him. He had fun stories, great love and knowledge of music, he often always had a laugh about things. Gill was a very kind and generous man. He made sure he brought many treats, like bottled rabbit and the like, to our mutual friend who was in dire straights. I am sure he is now w some of his passed family and friends on the other side. Here’s to the voyage Gill. You are missed by all.

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.

It’s been quite a journey. Gil was such a wonderful individual will be missed. I wish to pass on Joanne and my deepest condolences to Leona and all the Kielley family.

I am so sorry to hear of Gils passing. I have very fond memories of listening to music, having a wee rum and looking out at the Harbour with Gil. Thinking of you all.


Leona Dube and all the Kielley and Dube families and friends, may the sweet and awesome and fabulous memories of Gil surround you all.

Tender Loving Warm Vibes And Heartfelt Condolences My Friends.
Cheers ???? to Gil’s life and to all you at this time.

Chris Fudge

So sorry for your loss. Tania and I are thinking of the family at this time.

Leona, Chris and Barbie

So sad to hear of Gilby’s passing. We always enjoyed being in his company; Mom and Dad always spoke fondly of Gil! Always a few stories and a few laughs.

Rest In Peace Gil. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Maryalice and Ed O’Reilly


So sorry to hear of your dad passing. It is with a heavy heart I express my most sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your family. It’s never an easy time, stay strong and cherish the memories.
Holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

Take good care buddy,


We were saddened to hear of Gil’s passing. We are thinking of you at this difficult time and send our deepest condolences. Take care, there are brighter days ahead.

Leona, So sorry to hear of Gil’s passing. Gil was a lovely person; You guys were wonderful together and some day will be again. Gil and Ian are probably up there somewhere now sharing their favourite music and having a grand time.
To Leona and the Kielley family we send our sincere condolences. We are thinking of you.
Love Nina and Dee

Barb, Chris and family
We are so very sorry to hear that Gil has passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Janet and Gerry Crocker

My deepest condolences to you, Chris and your family. So sorry for your loss.
Fly high with the Angel’s Gil
Love cousin Myrna-lee Kielley

Leona, I am so so sorry for your loss. I have a card to put in the mail for you but I am leaving a condolence anyway. I was so shocked to hear of Gil’s passing. Not something I was expecting to see while scanning through the articles in the Telegram today. A lot of fond memories from the Carriage Works and later on at Celebrities. My deepest condolences to yours and Gil’s families, extended family and friends. Take care

Sorry to hear of Gils passing and I’m sure he’ll be missed by family and friends. Didn’t know him very well only when I went to college in St. John’s. Mike & Terri McCarthy, Bowmanville, ON

Barbara, so sorry to hear of Gil’s passing. Dad (Millar)often spoke of Gil and of course Gil senior and Mrs. Kielley with many visits to the Carpasion Road home. Thinking of you and the family during this difficult time

My deepest sympathy on the passing of Gil. Mom (Peg) always loved seeing you and appreciated your visits. Our thoughts are with you.
Much love
Mary Kavanagh

I hope you find comfort in me saying our dads are always with us….mine often guides me up river in with his eagle eyes.
In this difficult time, his spirit will continue to guide you on your journey.
Our deepest condolences to you and your family..
Take care bud,

To Gil’s Family and Barb, our sincere condolences.

Dorothy (O’Brien) & Walter Milley

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. I hope you can find comfort in the stories you share, and the memories of your dad. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Our deepest condolences, so sorry for your loss.

Chris and family,
Sending our condolences on the passing of your father. Rest assured that even in death a parent is always by our side.
Take care.

Jim and Lorraine

Our time of friendship was short too short but in that period you gave me so much fun and laughter enough to last a lifetime.
Thank you for allowing me into your world of music & stories.
I will never forget holding your hat on your head during the occasional Newfoundland wind burst while we clocked a few miles in your chair the odd curse here and there.
My life doesn’t feel empty now that your gone it feels emboldened by you.
Thank you Skipper
You always be in my heart and Soul
Love Jim & Pamela Rodgers

Leona, and all the Kielley family, please accept our sincere condolences at this time. May his dear soul Rest In Peace.
Rick & Elaine Terry

havent seen u 4 long time had great timesyears ago fishing great guy

Chris, I love your words for your dear Dad, our cousin Gil . You are a poet and perhaps he taught you that too. Gil was always such a gentleman, always such a wit. He will be missed by all who knew him. Heartfelt condolences to you all from Cousin Bern