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Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2021

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On Thursday, September 23, 2021, Andrew Graydon Kelch passed away suddenly at the age of 52 years.
Left to mourn Andrew's memory are his wife of 29 years, Patty; children, Cassidy (David) and Carter; brother Chris (Cathy), sister Brenda (Jim), and nieces and nephews. He was a great father, husband and friend who will be deeply missed.
Andrew was an electrician by trade, spending his last decade with McCaine Electric. He especially enjoyed his time at the lake where you could find him and his buddy Keith having a cold one and where he would be driving his first love, his Yamaha Jet boat.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Ave., on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.
Many thanks to our friends and family for their love and support.

Publish Date: Sep 28, 2021


On Thursday, September 23, 2021, Andrew passed away at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 52 years.
A Celebration of Life will be held, Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A longer obituary notice will follow.

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Publish Date: Sep 25, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021, Sep 28, 2021

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • Patty, we were so sorry to just hear of Andrew’s sudden passing. Our deepest condolences to you and the kids. - Posted by: Ken and Yolanda Smith (Former neighbours) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear of Andrew's passing, Patty. Rick and I always enjoyed our curling games versus your team. Our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Cindy and Rick (Fellow curlers) on: Oct 12, 2021

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Patty, Cassidy and Carter on the sudden passing of Andrew. Such a loss is hard to fathom. May you cherish the memories of wonderful times you've had. Wishing you healing and blessings in the days and weeks ahead. Take good care. - Gerta & Joanna - Posted by: Gerta de Jong and Joanna Seys (Lake friends (C40)) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • Very saddened to hear of your loss Chris, I only met Andrew once but knew from you of close bond. I also worked as a colleague with your Mom. Carolan Hall (Brian Wortley's Mom) - Posted by: Carolan Hall (Friend of Andrews Brother Chris) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Cassidy and Family. May you cherish the memories in your hearts. Please know that my prayers are with you all, during this difficult time. My deepest condolences. From the DeRosa-Boudreau Family - Posted by: Nella DeRosa-Boudreau (Friend ) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Patty and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences during this difficult time. - Posted by: Wendy (Lake neighbor) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Patty, Cassidy and Carter, so sorry to hear of Andrew's sudden passing. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Wendy Furst (Friend/co-worker) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Patty, Cassidy and Carter, We are so very sorry for your loss. Andrew was a great friend and neighbour. Always friendly and willing to help if you needed a hand. A real gentleman. We will miss him dearly. With much love, George, Susan, Kaitlyn and Alec - Posted by: George Young (Friend and former neighbour ) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • I'm truly sorry for your loss Patti. - Posted by: Harold Kozeluh (Friend\Co-Worker) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • Patti, Cassidy & Carter, I was so sorry to hear about Andrew’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Carmen Lachance (Grade 4 teacher) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Patty, Cassidy and Carter. Andrew was a great gentle man. You were blessed to have him as your husband and father. Your loss is so very great. Please reflect on the wonderful times you had with him. He never complained about the house full of people you invited in. Even when it interrupted his 5 am morning ritual. He was a kind, patient friend and parent. He was so easy going and helpful. When I would ask Patty if I could help cook the Safeway Party Dinners she would say “no I don’t need help I’ve got Andrew”. I remember the White Out parties we went to and all the good times we shared. Men like Andrew are few. Just as we all loved and leaned on him remember to lean on your friends and family now. My very deepest condolences. - Posted by: Penny penner (Friend ) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Dear Patty, Cassidy and Carter It is so sad to here of the Passing of your Dear Husband and Father. What a Special family you are. Andrew was always looking over since I first came to the lake to see if I needed help. You all have been so much joy to everyone and you could see how proud he was of his family. He will surely be missed by everyone. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. You know that all your friends will be there for you and especially your lake family. His Smile was contagious and his good nature larger than life. Hugs to all of you. ❤️ You are not alone. We will be there for you. Bev Hansell - Posted by: Beverley Hansell (Lake neighbour and friend) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • We worked with Andrew and Patty for quite awhile at the club. The nicest man you could meet. Great sense of humor and a great laugh. Rest in peace dear Andrew. To Patty and Kids we wish you all the best, with our sincere condolences to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Doug and Gail Gill (friends) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Sorry for your loss - Posted by: Chris Dobson (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about the sudden loss. My heart goes out to Patty, Cassidy and Carter. I had the opportunity to get to know Andrew through the Ecole Assiniboine circle and through slo-pitch with the "Fearless" team. A wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Greg Seguin (friend) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Dear Patty, Cassidy, Carter and Family My heart goes out to all of you, on the tragic loss of Andrew. Being a part of The Laker Family AKA Life at the Lake we all got to know his smiling face, his boating skills, the beach fun filled antics, with Andrew always taking care of everyone. He was there to help my sister Lisa with her Sea Doo Boat on a few occasions, and most recently he dropped by to put air in her jeep tires. We always enjoyed seeing you guys on the High Seas of Lake Winnipeg and Spruce Sands. He was a man of kindness, always there to help with the best smile ever. He will be missed beyond words, and will always hold a special place in our hearts, for the love he had for family and friends. There is now a special star in heaven shining and grinning upon all of us! - Posted by: Lynda Shaw (Laker Friend) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • I’m a long time friend of Jim & Brenda, and met Andrew often hanging around at the Kelch’s house. He was a great guy with personality plus, and always had a smile. My deepest condolences to all of you who must be just shattered as he was taken way too soon. ❤️ Rob - Posted by: Rob Duncan (Friend of the family) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Andrew and the Kelch family have always treated me like one of their own, and I will forever be grateful to all four of them for their generosity, hospitality, and kindness. It's been a privilege to grow up with Carter, and to always have Andrew around for a beach day, a good laugh or a ride on the boat. Andrew was there for me for as long as I can remember, and I'll cherish the memories made with him for the rest of my life. - Posted by: Bailey (friend) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • My condolences to Patty, the kids and the rest of the family. I have known Andrew for many years as our kids were in the same school together growing up and I played ball with first his wife Patty and then the last few years with the Macdon A's men's team. He truly was a down to earth guy and he will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Kirk Paquette (Friend- Team mate) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Patti, Cassidy and Carter, we send you all our deepest condolences. We wish you love and light as you move through the days, weeks, months ahead. We will miss our friendly chats with Andrew as he passed by our place. Always a smile on his face, a friendly conversation and that there was just no better place to be, than at the lake. Your friends Dan, Laurie, Carter and Owen - Posted by: Dan, Laurie, Carter and Owen Jaman (Lake Friends) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • I worked with Andrew awhile back while I was first starting my career as an electrician. Being so new to the industry, I was intimidated on the job site but Andrew made me feel better. Andrew always had a positive attitude, very understanding, great patience, kept the mood light while being a great teacher. Andrew was always the most approachable person on site and never made you feel bad for asking questions or not knowing something and always understanding. Going to work was made easier because of Andrew, he was a work father figure to me. I am forever grateful that I got to meet and become union brothers with Andrew. I send positive vibes (because Andrew would always do the same thing when work was rough) to all of Andrew's family and friends. May he Rest In Power. - Posted by: Pat (Co worker) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • So sorry to here of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go with you. Val & Pat - Posted by: Patrick Mercier (Friend) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • Patti and family: Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through the next few weeks with the loss of Andrew. A wonderful man and husband. We will miss seeing the two you together on your walks at Spruce Sands and on the beach having fun in the sun. Shawn and Sharon (B37) - Posted by: Shawn and Sharon (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

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