In Celebration of

Susan Elizabeth Kelly

November 4, 1957 -  October 15, 2020

Departed this life on October 15th surrounded by family and friends. Susan is survived by her family (Marilyn Callingham, Sydney Jones, Laura Callingham, Scott Kelly, and Fred Mattocks). Deeply missed by all including her friend since birth Debbie Aziz, and her coterie of euchre playing, wine drinking, house touring and traveling friends Cathy, Kim, and Marilyn, as well as Diane and Jayrene and many others she has embraced through the years.

Susan lived her life fully, guided by a sharp mind and a deep curiosity about people and their things. She would argue one minute about deep politics, and in the next about what the fashionistas were doing. Her biggest and most successful project in her life was raising and then
partnering with her amazing daughter Sydney as she grew to embrace her own life with Susan's enthusiastic support. In the last four years, she found love and life affirming partnership with her mate Fred. And she was most proud of her professional journey from Sydney's mom to her
pilates and yoga teaching practice and her incredible classes the Dancing Queens and the ORC Healthy Lifestyles Group.

She lit up every room she entered, and her natural curiosity about people led her to conversations with just about anyone at hand, usually leaving with a new friend or a lesson to think about. She always dressed elegantly for whatever occasion, whether it was a BBQ for her friends or a walk on the beach, or a night at the ballet. She remembered every song she ever heard, and sang and danced with joy and abandon. She held her friends closely and built rich relationships over the years.

Her last year was coloured by her fight with ovarian cancer. She took that in stride as she took everything in life, straight on. Throughout it, she had the support of the incredible Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Gynecological Oncology team. Special thanks to the wonderful crew at the Princess Margaret Palliative Care Centre who made such a difference in her last days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at or 416-946-6560 or 1-866-224-6560 (option 1), directed to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.


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Marilyn McLeod (Close friend)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Newmarket

Much love to you Sydney and Fred. Susan loved you both very much! She will be greatly missed here by our circle of friends but heaven is dancing right now. Love, Marilyn XO

Marilyn McLeod (Close friend)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Newmarket

Hey Susan ... Sparkle Plenty !!! đź’ś

Shannon Holmes (Friend)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Port Credit

I had the pleasure of being one of Susan's Pilates instructors. She was always willing to dive in and learn, challenging herself with a fantastic outlook. This is how she lived. She was courageous and brave. I have many fond memories of her. She is missed.

My condolences to her Family and dear Friends.

Susan, your smile will always warm my heart.

Shirley Draper (Friend since her birth)

Entered October 16, 2020 from Brantford

I am Susan’s Mother’s friend and mother of Susan’s first friend Debbie..All Susan’s life was filled with enthusiasm and experimenting. At the age of 5 she tried hairdressing. Debbie being her first client and days before they were off to Kindergarten. I can smile now. I will miss Susan, zest for life and all the Susan stories. RIP dear girl. Love you forever. Shirley

Andrea Buchar-Toner (Friend)

Entered October 17, 2020 from Watabeag Lake

Dear Sydney

I was extremely saddened to hear of your beautiful mother’s passing! Although I have not seen Susan in a few years she was always on my mind while at the lake. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. RIP Susan


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