Oakville Lives: Kelly Wolfendale

Kelly Wolfendale
Oakville Lives: Kelly Wolfendale

Kelly WOLFENDALE was born November 13, 1962 and on September 23, 2016 passed away peacefully at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital at the age of 53 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

Kelly was a long time resident of Bronte, a place she not only cherished but one she supported and actively promoted all of her life. She was also a volunteer at Oakville’s Kerr St. Mission and the Bronte Historical society, the latter as part of her devotion and keen interest in local history. She was a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge for Bronte, and amazed all with her ability to recall vividly what life was like growing up in the 1960s and 1970s there.

“We will all miss Kelly! I hope she knew just how much she meant to so many people. She had such a huge heart!! Bronte lost one of their best when Kelly passed away. RIP Kelly” – a sentiment shared by many members of the If You Grew Up in Oakville Facebook Group.

Kelly was an avid photographer and lover of nature of all kinds, and took daily long walks all over Bronte and the Harbour taking many pictures of the peaceful and tranquil scenes she found there. These she shared in Oakville and Bronte Facebook groups dedicated to keeping memories of the town alive.

Kelly was also a long time member of the Bronte Legion, as was her late father Tom.


Kelly made a lot of friends over the years, all of whom knew her for her unwavering loyalty and kindness. She was a fixture in Bronte, and could often be seen taking the time to stop and visit some of the less fortunate and homeless on her walks, all of whom she called friends and never looked down on. As a free spirit and a proud and defiant “hippy” to the end, Kelly was a unique soul and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Kelly Wolfendale

Kelly Wolfendale, enjoying Bronte Pier

She is survived by her brother Rodney and sister Janet. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Joan Wolfendale of Oakville. A “Celebration of Life” memorial will be held at the Bronte Legion on Jones Street on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 3-8 pm. All are welcome in sharing your memories of Kelly and her life.


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Readers Comments (7)

  1. Michael Labencki says:

    Jim this is truly a great obit for Kelly. Gone, but not forgotten, friend of nature and mankind. She always stood up for the right thing to do. I always told her she was born too late. She should have been a 60’s person. Oh, wait…she was a 60’s person! 🙂

  2. Mary Low says:

    Memories of her smile, laughter, generosity and kind spirit will be forever cherished by all those who knew and loved her. Forever in our hearts. You will be sadly missed a long life’s way. RIP Kelly. xoxo

  3. Barbara says:

    I fondly remember Kelly, when I worked at Hopedale Mall. She was a quiet person that I would often see walking by the store. She seemed to always go about her business and sometimes she would be with friends. Rest in Peace 🙏🏻

  4. Lisa says:

    Oh Kelly, you would always come to my place and talk about your Dad and those crazy teenage years. You were my protector I will always remember and never forget how much you cared about others. We will miss you but never forget you.xo

  5. Suzy Burtenshaw says:

    Kelly, K-W, K-Dub, Kel, and Dub…I remember meeting you for the first time in the front yard of the Neill’s house on Marine Drive behind Pin’n’Cue. Those were the days!!!!!!! You remembered our Birthdays, detailed stories and every nook and cranny of our Bronte. You imprinted yourself on our hearts, and now that you are gone…we are all devastated, because as long as you were still kickin’ in Bronte, we were connected to “our youth, old Bronte and the good times” (sometimes too good!!!!) we had. Your fierce loyalty to us, immortalizes you Kel, and I thank you for your friendship over the years, for never conforming…and for carrying the torch to the end for Bronte.

  6. Karen says:

    Kelly went to Brantwood and New Central School from K to grade 6 and her family lived on Trafalgar Road. This is when I got to know Kelly and her family. I now also live in Bronte and have seen Kelly many times walking in Bronte. She will be missed. RIP Kelly xo

  7. Al Zimmer says:

    You where a life time friend without borders or judgement.

    Much Love

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