Thomas Procter Kiely
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AGE: 92 • formerly of Rumson
Thomas Procter Kiely, 92, previously of Rumson, died on December 6 in his home in Middletown. Thomas, "Tom" was born September 2, 1921 in Long Branch.
A graduate of Westfield High School, he attended the Duke University College of Engineering, played on their first Lacrosse team and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was dispatched to the Aleutian Islands and South Pacific to build long range aid-to-navigation Loran stations and sophisticated ocean location markers. Following the surrender of Japan, he was one of the first four Americans to enter Tokyo. In 1946, following his discharge with the rank of Lt Cmdr., he joined Thomas Procter Company, a family construction firm where he later served as President. The company built significant Monmouth County infrastructure, including the Sea Bright-Monmouth Beach seawall. He was a 50 year member of Deal Country Club, having recently been awarded honorary status, and an owner of Old Orchard Country Club. He was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Freemason, Navesink Lodge #9 F&AM. An active community volunteer, Tom was a past chair of Monmouth Medical Center, a founder and former president of the Central Jersey Blood Bank, trustee emeritus of Monmouth University where he was awarded an honorary doctorate; former chair of the board of trustees of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, past president of Elberon Memorial Church, and a founder and past president of the Long Branch YMCA, earning their Shore Area YMCA Man of the Year in 1989.
He also received the Louis J. Libutti Community Service Award in 1986, was the 1987 recipient of the National Conference of Christian and Jews Brotherhood Award and the 1990 Family and Children's Service's Helen Hoffman award for "his tireless history of service to the community".
He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Viola "Vi", his brother, William "Ed", and his granddaughter, Samantha Kiely. Surviving are his daughters Sandra Kolb and her husband Martin of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Jill Kiely, Upper Arlington, Ohio and Patrice Talmage and her husband Roger of Beaufort, South Carolina; a son Craig Kiely and his wife Ann of Little Silver; his grandchildren, Rebecca Singer and her husband Eric of Upper Arlington, Ohio and Thomas McKenzie and his wife Rebecca, of Columbus, Ohio, Alexander Kolb and his wife Katherine and Andrew Kolb and his wife Megan, all of Boston, Timothy Kolb of Philadelphia, Patrice Kiely of Washington, DC, Russell Kiely of New York City and Stuart Kiely of Little Silver; two great-grandchildren Matthew and Andrew Singer; a cousin, Jack Kiely, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Wednesday, December 11th at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank. Funeral Services are private. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to Elberon Memorial Church, 70 Park Avenue, Elberon 07740, Monmouth University 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch 07764, or Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, 300 2nd Avenue, Long Branch 07740.
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 8, 2013