Patrick Joseph Kealey of Wonder Lake, Illinois passed away peacefully on March 15, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He was born on January 20, 1944 in Amarillo, Texas to Robert and Nellie (Custer) Kealey. After high school, he joined the U. S. Army, served in Europe, and traveled extensively on military duty.
An avid sports enthusiast, he hiked the Swiss Alps, pulled too numerous to count walleyes from Rainbow Flowage in Wisconsin, biked the back roads of McHenry County, skied the Birkebeiner Race in Michigan and canoed on the Nippersink River in Glacial Park. Taking tips from the Cooking Channel, he could be found making croissants from scratch or whipping up a batch of his famous cioppino. He had a passion for the game of golf and has been known to tongue-in-cheek use the moniker of Golfingjose! He developed a love for photography while working for the Herald, and as an independent photo journalist, he chronicled an excursion in the Louisiana bayous, as well as having his photographs printed on many national outdoor magazine covers. He would often get up at the crack of dawn to capture the light for the perfect picture. His outstanding landscapes adorn the homes of his family and friends.
He had a long career in social service. As a licensed Clinical Social Worker, he gave passionately to the hundreds of youth and adults that he counseled. His extensive work history includes serving as the Director at Allendale Inc., Director of Clinical Social Work at Camelot, Clinical Director at Elgin Mental Health Center, Clinical Social Worker at Northwest Suburban Special Education Coop, and taught Continuing Education classes, in addition to his private practice. He gave generously of himself and will be truly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was the proud father of two adult sons, Sean and Erik, beloved brother to siblings Mike (Kathy) Kealey, Mary (David) Shanahan, and Katie (Joe) Daugherty , and kindred spirit to Vicki Hicks and her daughter, Alex. He greatly loved and admired his nieces and nephews, as well as his Kealey and Custer aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of his life will be at Pat’s home in Wonder Lake on Saturday, March 23rd, from 1 to 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers or plants, donations to the American Cancer Society or other charity will be appreciated.
Arrangements were entrusted to Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-728-0233, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.