Edward Joseph Kiley was born on Feb. 22, 1924 in Boston, Mass., and died on Sept. 27, 2011 at home in St. Augustine, Fla. He was the eldest child of Katherine (Driscoll) and Maurice J. Kiley. Ed"s sister, Clare, died as a toddler. His sister, Patricia Kiley Corey died just hours before Ed"s death. His surviving brother, Thomas, lives with his wife, Mary, in Braintree, Mass.
Ed graduated from Boston Latin School in 1941. He attended Boston College for 2 years before he enlisted to serve in World War II. In the Army from 1943-1946, he rose to the rank of technical sergeant. His contributions to the war effort in Europe were extensive. In addition to his participation in the Battle of the Bulge and other noted battles, he was noted within his infantry unit for his precision in mortar shelling. Upon returning from the war, Ed resumed his education and graduated from Boston College in 1949.
On June 30, 1951, Ed married Louise Agnes Daly. Ed and Louise were blessed with five children. For most of their child rearing years, Ed and Louise lived in Waltham and Newton, Mass. Ed was an active and supportive father as he participated in Boy Scouts, church activities and neighborhood groups. Ed was the epitome of a "family man"; he was devoted to his wife, children and extended family. Known for his quiet and humble demeanor, Ed was the respected patriarch of his family.
His selflessness and sacrifices for his family were never more evident than when he faced the devastating loss of Louise in 1984 when she was 57 years old. Despite his own grief, he continued to provide a loving home and educational support for his then three college-aged children.
Ed was employed for over 30 years by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. Coincidently, his father, brother and aunt were also long-term employees of the phone company. He held various management positions over the years until his retirement in 1987. Ed fulfilled a dream to move to a warmer climate when he retired, when he moved to Ramona, Calif. However, ever the caring "family man", when Ed moved to California, he invited his 94 year old mother to move with him from Boston.
It was after his mother"s death in 1993 that Ed met Elizabeth Kirsnis and began a new chapter of his life. Married on July 16, 1994, Ed and Elizabeth loved time spent with both of their extended families, fellowship with church and neighborhood friends in Marsh Creek, golfing adventures and wonderful travels. Their companionship and devotion to one another is evident to all who know them.
Ed"s legacy lives on in his close-knit family of loving children and grandchildren: Mary-Lou and her husband, Tim Schinhofen of Carlsbad, Calif.; Paul, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Brian and his wife, Sandy and their children, Sean and Alison, from Studio City, Calif.; Dan and his wife, Anne and their children, Bridget and Jay, from Chandler, Ariz.; Clare, from Roslindale, Mass. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Elizabeth, his children and grandchildren, extended family and wide circle of friends.
A vigil will be held at St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be said on Friday at 11 a.m. at the same location. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bailey Center of Hospice, 1200 Health Park Boulevard. St. Augustine, FL 32086.
Craig Funeral Home, Crematory, Memorial Park.