Menssa, Jean & Kelly

July 05, 2022:     

Wilma Jean Menssa, 67 (formerly Howe, maiden name Smith, from Kingston, Ontario) and Kelly Menssa 60, (from North Battleford, Saskatchewan), were suddenly taken too soon in a tragic accident west of Sorrento, BC on Tuesday July 5, 2022. The family is devastated and in shock to lose them so tragically. Kelly and Jean were perfect together and were truly a couple others could learn from. They were loving and patient parents and grandparents. They were also everyone’s favorite aunt and uncle. Both Kelly and Jean were retired Calgary Correction Officers who bought property in Blind Bay and moved there for their retirement. They leave behind four children: Tara, Chris, Brandon and Jessilyn. As well as eleven grandchildren: Devon, Gabriel, Mya, Xavier, Greyson, Elysia, Emily, Addilyn, Amelia, Sautonya and Sebastian and their dog Sasha who absolutely loved and adored Jean and Kelly. To remember Jean and Kelly a service is being held at Quaaout Lodge at 1 pm on Saturday July 23. Donations can be made to a mental health organization specifically for Peace Officers, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services, 911 Dispatch workers and Military Personnel.


  1. I am heartbroken at the news of Jean and Kelly’s tragic passing. When I last spoke to Kelly, he was just on his last days at CCC as a Correctional Peace Officer, and he was so looking forward to retirement. He and Jean were fantastic, stand-up people, and I wish their families all the strength they will need in the coming days, weeks and months.

  2. Sending my deepest Condolences, I worked with both Jean and Kelly for years in Calgary and I will miss them both dearly! They were both such kind souls! Thoughts and prayers to the family!

  3. My condolences to the family of Jean and Kelly. It was a pleasure to work with both of them. Two good people

  4. My husband, Shon Martin is Jean’s brother. To say we are devastated by the tragic loss of Jean an Kelly is an understatement. They will be missed immensely. Our thoughts and prayers for their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other siblings and their large network of friends. Jean and Kelly are loved by many because they impacted many lives and helped in whatever way they could. Soar with the eagles dear ones!

  5. As Jean’s sister I send my heartfelt prayers and love to all my family. Jean and I didn’t have an easy life growing up, but we did the best we could. As teens do, we dreamt often of meeting our Prince Charming. Jean left Ontario for Calgary where she met hers.. Kelly Menssa. He loved my sister unconditionally, and she him. They were just in the prime of life, enjoying their retirement together, and planning for the future, which was cut short on July 5th, 2022. Their Family and Friends are truly devastated at the loss. I have no words to describe how I feel, I loved Jean with all my heart. Goodbye Sis. you taught me much. Michaels Aunt, Summers Great-Aunt, and Ezra’s Great-Great Aunt we love you and miss you lots.

    I didn’t expect to say these words about you Sis. I miss you and Kelly so much already, I just can’t imagine a life without you two in it. I had such a wonderful time visiting you and Kelly, in B.C. and making plans to return with Brenda next summer. Your grieving brother Shon and Sister-in-Love Brenda Nephew Patrick (Mel) and great nephew Phoenix, and great nephew, Declan Jay Martyn due Nov.
    There is a live stream at 4:00 sharp Ontario time at 816 Centennial Drive, Salvation Army Citadel, Kingston, Ontario. Where family and friends can come together to watch the Celebration of Life for Kelly and Jean(Wilma Smith) Menssa.

  6. So very sad and tragic… in peace cousins.

  7. Jaye, little cousin, and Kelly, the man with whom she found happiness, I miss you already and I always will! Jaye you have come so far and have overcome so much. I am so sorry you are not getting to enjoy your new house and your many grandchildren and children. I love you . I will miss your messages and your visits when you would trip back to Ontario.
    Gone far too soon. Hugs and love to the family.

  8. My condolences to the family. I worked with Jean in Ontario. Jean and Kelly were wonderful people and a beautiful couple. They will be missed

  9. My Great Uncle Kelly & his wife Jean were truly amazing people. Rest in Peace. I was always welcome with open arms and friendly faces from them, always. Thank you for that. My heart goes out to your kids and your great grandkids I couldn’t imagine the pain you are all going through at this time.

    Please know I’m thinking of you all. ❤️

  10. Such a wonderful couple. So sad. Our love reaches out to all of you. Our sincerest condolences. Theresa and Patrick.

  11. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time. Jean and Kelly were 2 of the kindest people I ever met. Our family adored them and will forever remember them. Most especially we will remember the last time we got to see and hug them on our trip in Radium. We will hold onto that memory forever. RIP Jean and Kelly, I hope you’re both dancing in the sky and watching over all those whom loved you dearly xoxox

  12. How fortunate I feel to have known Jean and Kelly. Wherever they went, they brought sunshine, kindness and laughter. It is an unimaginable loss but I am very thankful for so many happy memories.They, and their wonderful family will never leave my heart.

  13. I was lucky to have met and worked with Kelly in Grande Cache. He was an amazing kind man. Thry looked very happy together. So very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones….

  14. I was so sorry to learn of this, they were the nicest people one could hope to meet. Words fail me, but to the extended family, please know how blessed and fortunate I feel to have known Kelly and Jean. They are missed

  15. We are heartbroken, by the loss of Jean and Kelly. We will never forget how important family was to them, first and foremost. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the children and grandchildren in this very inclusive loving family . They will be forever in our hearts as we have lost our best friends. But we share an abundant amount of laughs and great times with them that we will cherish always

    Love always
    Cameron and Heather

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