The family of Kelly is profoundly sad to announce her passing after a brief illness at Toronto General Hospital.


Predeceased by her parents Barb and Ralph Celeste. Kind and loving mother to Taylor (Mike) and Curtis (Genna), Godmother to Samantha (Andrew) and Braeden. Proud sister to Bradley, Scott (Heather) and Craig (Gail). Loving wife to Glenn Leeman and previous wife to Jesse Whalen.


Kelly grew up in Barrie Ontario and impacted the lives of friends and family members with her radiant smile and big heart. Family was her number one priority, and nothing made her prouder than talking about her kids and watching them grow into wonderful young adults. Her biggest dream even at an early age was to be a mother and have a family. Despite divorcing, she and Jesse remained friends and welcomed each other's new partners Glenn and Melanie into the family circle.


Kelly attended Innisdale Secondary high school and had a passion of working with the public. She worked in hospitality and customer service and later in life found a passion working with the elderly. She touched the lives of many and made many long-lasting friendships with colleagues along the way.


In remembrance of Kelly, please dress in bright, colourful summer attire. In lieu of flowers and to honour Kelly's love of animals, donations will be accepted in her name at the Ontario Humane Society.


Kelly will be in our hearts forever and will never be forgotten.

"Love you to the moon and back-Sogni d'oro"



Please join us as we celebrate Kelly's life on Saturday July 13, 2024 from 1- 4 at Ferndale Banquet Hall, 24 Ferndale industrial Drive, Barrie, Ontario, L4N 9V6.


Words of condolence may be left for the family at


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  • Lisa Melanson (Williamson)
    Posted on: Saturday, July 6, 2024 Reply

    I have many years of memories with Kelly, we grew up on Glenridge. We were always together at her house or mine (except for when she was figure skating). We had sleep overs, played hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. My regret is not staying in touch.
    My heart aches for her family, she was way too young to leave this world.
    May you always cherish the memories and keep them close to you❤️. RIP Kelly

  • Phyllis Cook
    Posted on: Sunday, July 7, 2024 Reply

    Dear Brad So sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Rae and I often think of all the good times with you and the rest of the ball team We are still here at the our house Please drop by anytime Love Rae and Phyllis Cook

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