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James F. Kilfeather Jr.

1931 - 2015 PITTSFIELD Mr. James F. Kilfeather Jr., 83, of Pittsfield passed away peacefully on Wednesday at Springside Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. Born in Pittsfield, Sept. 22, 1931, the son of the late James F. and Mildred Mongeau Kilfeather Sr., he attended the local schools and was a 1949 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Throughout his life he continued his education including earning an Associate's Degree in 1974 from Berkshire Community College, and his Bachelor's Degree in 1977 from Western New England College both in Mechanical Engineering. A Korean War veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Kilfeather served from 1951 until being honorably discharged in 1955 as an Electrical Technician 2nd Class. His most significant duty assignment was aboard the USS Navarro. He was the recipient of The National Defense Service, Good Conduct, and Navy Occupation Service Medals. Mr. Kilfeather was employed in the Ordnance Division of General Electric as a Design Engineer for 34 years retiring in 1991. While there he was awarded several US Patents on his designs. A communicant of St. Charles Church, he also held life memberships in the American Legion Post 68, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448, The Pittsfield Sportsmen's Club, The Hudson Power Boat Club, and The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 272 where he served as the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, was a Past Trustee, earned the Elks Commendation Award in 1995, and was Elk of the Year in 1996. He was also a Plank Owner of the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa Grogan and her husband, Glenn, of Washington, Mass., and Paula Segala and her husband, Butch, of Pittsfield; three grandsons, Anthony Segala and his wife, Ursula, Kelly Grogan, and Lane Grogan; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Segala and Erin Grogan. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the DWYER FUNERAL HOME, with Rev. David Aufiero, Parochial Vicar at St. Mark's Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in his memory may be made to The Elks Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences and remembrances.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 11, 2015
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