Candy man was the man behind the original chunky candies, and was responsible for introducing the iconic shape to Australia.
Mr Kiely died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mr Kieley, who died of natural causes at the age of 84, created the distinctive chunky face of the candy man, which became a household name.
The original chunk was first unveiled by Mr Kiesley in the 1980s, and is now a fixture at the Christmas market in Melbourne.
It is now one of the most popular attractions in the country.
Its not only the novelty of the candies that draws people to the market, but the novelty itself.
Kiely said the chunk symbolised a different kind of holiday, one that included food and spirits.
“If you look at the history of this place, it’s been a community gathering place,” he said.
He said it was important that people had fun at the market and also the traditions of the town.
“[It] just means we’re all together, and we all love the holidays.”
The man behind chocolate and gingerbread is remembered as a loyal and caring person who lived his life by the rules, and who never gave up on his passion for creating the best candy in the world.