Mr. Kelly Bolig of Lacombe, AB passed away on May 7, 2023 at the age of 49 years.
Kelly Andrew Bolig was born on October 12th, 1973 to Margaret Horsfield and Milton Bolig Sr in North Battleford Union Hospital; the youngest of 6 children; Brawnlyn, Floyd, Stephanie, Aaron, and Milton. In later years, he was also loved by his step parents from either side of the family; Eugene Hunt, as well as Marilyn Carter-Bolig, and his step brothers Mark, Ethan, Devon, Bryden, Dug, Darryl, and step sister Tammy-Lyn. He was a happy child who loved his family and spent his time enjoying their company. A cherished memory of Brawnlyn's is coming home from school to see Kelly bouncing in his playpen, excitedly calling "sissy!" for her as he was so excited to see her. As well, every New Years Eve, Kelly could be found out on the town with Brawnlyn. Rarely would they ever miss the opportunity to ring in a new year with each other. He truly kept the same spirit throughout his whole life towards all of his loved ones, and he was always doing what he could to be around his family and friends.
Kelly had a very playful nature from the beginning. If theres anything we can be sure about, he was always joking around and making sure there was something to laugh about. As a young boy, he would go around his neighborhood in North Battleford and sneakily collect the shoes from neighbouring houses. Everybody always knew to check the Bolig doorstep if their shoes were missing. Kelly was also partners in crime with his brother Milton when it came to causing mischief, and they could be found participating in all kinds of shenanigans. One year they received little ride-on tractors and plastic fireman’s helmets as a Christmas gift, and they would ride around pretending to put out fires. But it must have been an exhausting job, as they stopped to have a quick snack: dog food, straight from the bag. Another time, they climbed into their fathers truck together and were pretending to drive when they accidentally knocked the truck into gear and it started rolling down the street. Thankfully, Milton Sr. was able to catch up in time and keep the truck from rolling into anything. But that wasn't the only time they caused a panic. Kelly and Milton were once tasked with running to the corner store to buy some cigarettes for their mother. On the walk home, they found a snake and quickly replaced the cigarettes in the store bag with the snake. When they gave the bag to their mother, she let out a blood-curdling scream that frightened everyone in the house. Of course, they thought it was too funny. A silly prank was never unexpected when it came to Kelly and his sense of humor.
Kelly spent many days on the road. His primary career and a big love of his was long-haul trucking. The day of his 18th birthday he got his license to drive semi and never looked back. He met and connected with so many people on his travels and clocked too many kilometers to count. But even when he was not working, the highway was still his happy place. He was a lover of Harley Davidson motorcycles and would ride in his free time, and was often seen proudly wearing one of his many Harley Davidson t-shirts.
Beyond working, there were other events of note in Kelly's life:
Febuary 24th, 2004, Kelly married Maryann Tomic.
The birth of his children were also cherished moments:
Nakita, February 13, 2012
Danika, December 9, 2013
Andrew, February 10, 2017
Jaxson, May 16, 2019
Liam, February 8, 2023
But above all things in his life, he loved his family and friends. His children were his pride and joy and he loved them with his whole heart. He was present for as many family gatherings, holidays, and birthdays as he could possibly attend, and was always stopping by to see his loved ones just to say hello. He would always lend a helping hand where need be. He treated everyone with the same tenderness and respect that he would show to those he loved. He worked hard to provide what he could to those that were depending on him. His heart was big and his affection was always open to welcoming more. Even strangers were invited to come for dinner at his place, or even stay at his home; to Kelly, everyone was a friend waiting to be made.
There is so much more that could be said about the life that Kelly lived. Trying to do justice to such a grand personality in such a short time is truly impossible. He was a loving father, brother, uncle, son, and friend. His presence undeniably filled up any room. His laugh was hearty and unmistakable, and always filled with earnest joy. He was, without a doubt, one of the most unique individuals that we have had the pleasure of knowing. He will be deeply and sorely missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at Wilson's Funeral Chapel (6120 Hwy 2A, Lacombe).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to a trust fund being created for Kelly's children.