Farewell, Dad

Patrick Kealy, 1943 - 2015

Patrick Kealy, 1943 – 2015

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.

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6 thoughts on “Farewell, Dad

  1. Ben and family, Julius and I offer our sincere sympathy & condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you at this sad time. I fondly remember the times that your Dad, his brothers and sister Kathie drove out to Clarendon Hills to “Uncle Charlie’s Girls House” for those special holidays. My Dad and Mother loved to cook, but Dad was especially fond of hosting a party with the boys in the family. Has it been that many years ago?? I still have fond memories of those events @ 56 Norfolk Ave. Please keep me posted as to the memorial service in NYC. Julius and I are doing well; his Parkinson’s disease has taken ahold of him, but we go forward with a positive attitude and lots of special help from family and caregivers. JEM

    • Thanks, Janet. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate the stories of the holidays. I know how I associate certain holidays with my aunt Kathie & John’s basement, The Sound of Music, and a dozen cousins. It’s nice to think of my dad and siblings and how they enjoyed their holidays as kids.

      Love,
      Ben

  2. Our condolences to you Ben and your family on this sad occasion. I knew your father when we were all young as he was my cousin. Your grandfather Arthur was my mother’s (Ruth Kealy) brother. The Kealy clan is large and we lost touch with many. Bob Kealy your uncle is the only one we have kept in touch with. Since we have lived in Atlanta area for over 35 years we hear about the Kealys through my sister Janet Marks. Once again our sympathy to you and the family.
    Mary & Bill Price

    • Hi Mary and Bill,
      Thanks so much sharing your sympathy. We have a great big family so I certainly understand but I’d love to here other family stories. I’ve been in Atlanta for 20 years and I’m sorry to say, I didn’t know you were here. Let’s find some time to get together some time this fall aside from the memorial in NYC
      Cheers,
      Ben

  3. Inna, Kealy family – So sorry for your loss. Spoke with Patrick a couple times in the past few months. He was a brave warrior though all this. A good soul.
    I’m in the NY area and would appreciate knowing when the service is come fall.

    • Thanks, Phil. I know how important his old friends were to him. Social media was good at bridging the divide of years for him and old friends and he was happy for that. We will definitely let you know about services in the fall.

      Cheers,
      Ben

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