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Groton - Joseph A. Killimade, 74, of Groton, husband of 35 years to Helen (Holland) Killimade, passed into eternal life on May 25, 2014, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 22, 1939, in Riverside, N.J., he was the son of the late James Joseph Killimade Jr. and Genieve Martha (Kolackowski) Killimade. He attended schools in New Jersey and North Dakota and was a graduate of Bismark High School in 1957. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He married Helen Holland in Groton in 1979.

He worked at Electric Boat in Groton for 20 years and also at the Navy Exchange in Groton, where he was known fondly by his nickname "Code 10". He was also known to many as "the rare old bird" as a newspaper article once described him for his proud, loyal, and patriotic personality.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Meghan Killimade and spouse, Adam Wujtewicz, of New London; son, Joseph Killimade of Middleburg, Fla.; daughter, Brenda Killimade Gazcia of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter, Karen Killimade of Middleburg, Fla.; son, James Killimade of Palatka, Fla.; sister, Genieve Bunni Killimade Biladeau of Bellevue, Wash.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, followed by a service at 11 a.m. at Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut (www.hospicesect.org) or to the Dana Farber Community Cancer Care, 230 Waterford Parkway South, Waterford, CT 06385.

The family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on May 28, 2014
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