Proud, Keary

April 8, 1943 – February 8, 2020
at the age of 76 years

The family of Keary Proud would like to announce his passing on February 8, 2020 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
Keary was born in Vancouver, BC on April 8, 1943.  As a young boy he spent several summer vacations at Blind Bay.  There he met Shel Herrick starting a friendship that lasted both of their lifetimes.
After getting married in 1965, Keary moved to Blind Bay from West Vancouver.  Other than a brief year in OK Falls where he was posted with the RCMP, Keary lived and raised his family in Blind Bay.  Keary worked as a carpenter, RCMP constable and small business owner.  He will be remembered for his sense of humour, great laugh and kind nature.
Keary was predeceased by his parents John and Fernie and his beloved wife Mildred.  He is survived by his children Patricia (Kirk), Michael (Courtenay), grandchildren Jordan (Charlene), Kristen, Emmett, Autumn and Brenna.  Also last but not least, his childhood wingman and brother from another mother, Sgt. William Dudley Cruske of Deloraine, MB.
Keary had a difficult last year of life.  He suffered significant financial hardships.  A truly terrible individual took advantage of Dad’s kind nature and generous personality.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Dad’s name may be made to a senior support of your choice.
A graveside service will be held in the spring.  Dad will be laid to rest beside Mom, the love of his life.  He never really left her side.


  1. We will miss his visits to the store every day, such a dear man. He told me you are a nurse and he said you worked in Maple Ridge, funny thing my sister Christine Robertson worked at the same hospital. Rest In Peace.

  2. We just got home from a holiday and were so sad to hear of your Dad’s death. We have so many happy memories of getting together with Kerry and Gayle. Ken and Heather McLeod

  3. So sad to read of Keary’s death. I have many fond memories of good times with both your parents, at Sorrento and S. Broadview, and especially at their home – they were wonderful hosts and friends. It hurts me to know that anyone would take advantage of such a kind person. I know it’s now Keary and Gayle sailing off into the sunset together, secure in the knowledge that they will always be remembered with love. Sending thoughts of sympathy to all of you. Diane Ambil

  4. We are both so sad for your loss. Our two families go back a long time. Our warmest thoughts to the families. Doug and Jacquie Everett. Blind Bay

  5. We just found out Kerry died in February, we have missed him
    visiting his wife’s grave every day, many times we would go out to him and have a little visit, our previous priest reached out to him quite a few times. He as always a happy fellow and we miss seeing his smiling face in St. Mary’s visiting his wife’s grave. May God hold him in his loving arms. Ivan & Ina Branson.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss and the difficulties that Keary had to endure. He was such a wonderful and kind-hearted man, like your mom. They were always so kind to me and my family. I still remember your dad giving my mom irises to plant along the fence line at the back of their property and the front of your parents. My mom loved having a drink with your parents and talking about gardening. My mom loved that your parents shared tomatoes with her. My mom did not get to have many tomatoes as my dad was allergic, and your parents home grown ones were her favorite. Keary was also great at making milkshakes at the restaurant. I remember having a tough day or week at my summer job and coming in for one of his famous strawberry milkshakes, and his great smile! He always made me feel better. I will miss his smiles and loving heart! Shae Spara (nee Armstrong)

  7. What a wonderful person and a great addition to the community, he will be greatly missed. our families have known and cared for each other for many years,,, God’s peace..

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