With deep sadness we announce the passing of Kevin LaRon Woolley on 10 September 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. Kevin was born in Edmonton on 22 March 1966, but grew up in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Gemma Marcelino Woolley, whom he met in Laie, Hawaii while both were students at Brigham Young University, Hawaii. They have been blessed with three children, Andrea Rose of Calgary, Kurtis LaRon of Grande Prairie, and Kyle LeMiere of Edmonton: also, four grandchildren, Makayla Andrews, Melanie Andrews, Myranda Andrews, and Jarron Woolley.
Kevin was predeceased by his granddaughter, Melanie, and both sets of grandparents, Joseph and Zelda Woolley, and John and Emma Sheppard; as well as his mother-in-law Zenaida Marcelino.
Besides his wife and children and three grandchildren, Kevin is survived by his parents, LaRon Palmer and Elizabeth Sheppard Woolley of Grande Prairie, as well as two bothers and three sisters: Michelle (Craig) Cherwak, Grande Prairie; Richard (Felicite) Woolley, Beaumont AB; Cara Disney (Brad Rennie), Grande Prairie; Kathryn Duncan (Reid), Grande Prairie; and Merrill Woolley (Shondelle), Grande Prairie.
In addition to those mentioned he leaves to mourn his passing numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and special friends; of special note are Guy and LeRae Hetchler, and Tom and Tracey Bowden, and Gwen Van Truyver.
Kevin faced many trials in his life. During his childhood he suffered for a time with epilepsy. He also had Tourettes. These conditions brought derision and bullying from some of his peers. While in junior high school, his need was particularly great, and he found considerable sensitivity and support from two school principals, Hans Intscher and Mel Larsen, and a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Ford. That year he completed his grade nine at Harry Balfour School, receiving an award for the most improved student in the school.
Kevin took his grades 10 to 12 at the Grande Prairie Composite High School, graduating in 1985. That summer he moved with his family to Laie, Oahu, Hawaii. There he attended BYU Hawaii and graduated in 1990 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
In 1990, he and Gemma, Andrea, and Kurtis, moved back to Canada, first to Grande Prairie, then to Edmonton, where they have resided for 29 years.
Kevin worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years. Then he developed a passion for tools and building things. Largely self-taught, he became quite proficient in building construction. He worked on several projects until illness took over.
Kevin grew up in a musical family. He sang in various school musical groups. He also performed with his siblings. Music brought him much joy.
Kevin loved people, especially his family. He was a very generous person and expected generosity on the part of others. He was very smart in many respects, and enjoyed conversing (debating) on topics of current events, sports, politics, and religion. He was a defender of his own faith.
We will miss his conversation and good humour.
A Celebration of Life service in Kevin’s memory will be held at Gateway LDS Stake Centre, Edmonton on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. Bishop Jason Harvey presiding. COVID-19 cautionary measures apply.