On June 23rd at 11:05 AM (local time), my father, Patrick John Kealy passed away in Lucarno Hospital in Lucarno, Switzerland after an extended illness. He leaves behind his current wife, Inna Piscareva, 3 adult children, Courtney, Ben, and Patrick “PJ” Kealy, as well as his sister, Kathie O’Connor, and brother Bob Kealy. He was pre-deceased by son Sean and his brother Arthur. Patrick was a graduate of Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) and the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN.) A avid sports fan, he played football and ran track at Loyola, was on the inaugural men’s rugby club at Notre Dame and ran for most of his life.
Patrick was a founding board member of the NY center for the Jesuit program “Boys’ Hope” (now Boys’ & Girls’ Hope). He was also a parish council member of St. Ignatius Parish in Manhattan.
My dad spent his career on Wall Street in international finance. He started off at A.G. Becker right out of Notre Dame. Others stops in his career included Wood MacKenzie, Dean Witter, Oppenheimer, Credit Lyonnais, Swiss Phone and Tower Gate Capital. As he advanced in his career, he was always looking to help out friends and colleagues in the need of an opportunity. He was helpful to countless people getting started in their careers in finance both formally, as part of his work as President of Notre Dame Alumni Association of New York, and informally.
His work led him to travel the world extensively and, in many ways, my father was the most worldly man I’ve ever known. He was also the most well read man I’ve ever known. He was always reading. He’d have two or three books going at a time besides the extensive work reading, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He combined that mass consumption of information with keen observation of people and situations to back his opinions and advice, both of which he shared freely. He had an optimism that he could put together the big deal and a tenacity to take is as far it as far as it could be taken, and if it didn’t work out, he wouldn’t quit. He went looking for the next deal.
However, his lasting legacy is not the business he did but the family he left behind. His eldest son, Sean, passed away in September 2011 and was followed by Sean’s wife, Cara Alexander Kealy, in January 2013. They left behind Patrick’s eldest grandsons, Harrison and Declan. Courtney is a journalist on-air with Al-Jazerra America and resides in NYC with Harrison and Declan. His second son, Ben (me), resides in Atlanta, GA with wife, Vickie, and their son, and Patrick’s other grandson, Jack. Patrick’s youngest son, PJ, lives and works in San Francisco.
In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to the Sean & Cara Kealy Children’s Trust, 124 West 79th Street, NY, NY, 10024.