Joseph M. Killelea
1954 - 2016
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Joseph M Killelea, Jr., 61

ASHBY -- Joseph "Joe" "Jay" M. Killelea Jr. passed away peacefully under the loving care of his family from complications of ALS Wednesday February 17, 2016.

Joe was born in Leominster, MA in 1954 to the late Joseph M. Killelea Sr. and Lola F Killelea.

He graduated in 1972 from Notre Dame H.S. in Fitchburg and attended Fitchburg State College.

Joe worked for Dennison, New Balance, and most recently Nova Biomedical.

Joe enjoyed playing golf, softball, basketball and football and watching any and all sports. He had a great sense of humor and a gift for making people laugh.

Two of his greatest passions were vacationing in Aruba and T.A.P. Basketball, which he was involved in for over 25 years. Joe made many friends in both places who he considered his extended family.

Joe wore many hats in life, husband, dad, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, coach and referee, but his favorite of all was "Grampy".

He looked forward to spending time with family and friends but most of all with his twin granddaughters, Ava and Breanna.

He leaves his wife of 38 years Beverly (Lorion) Killelea, son Joel Killelea, and his wife Sara of Ashby, son Neil Killelea, and his fiance Kate Sumner of Ashby, two cherished granddaughters Ava and Breanna Killelea, brother David Killelea of Fitchburg and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. He will truly be missed.

KILLELEA -- A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday February 27th at 11:00AM at Saint Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland St., Fitchburg, MA. Aubuchon-Moorcroft Funeral Home is directing Funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to T.A.P., PO Box 888, Townsend, MA 01469 or Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 23, 2016.
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February 26, 2016
Joe was such a unique guy,with the absolute best sense of humor.Always able to make you laugh!! My deepest condolences to Bev and his sons.He will be sorely missed !
Cathy McWilliams
February 25, 2016
Joe and I were classmates in High School. I haven't seen him too many times since then, but I remember him well. He was a nice kid. We were roommates on the Senior Class trip to Washington DC. I remember one night we had a free night in our nations capital, but we had a 9 PM curfew. We could leave the hotel and do what we want, but by golly we better be back in our rooms by 9. Brother Roger came in to every room to make sure that everyone was there. And if we weren't, we were in big trouble. I was by myself at 8:30 PM trying to make my way back to the hotel when I spotted Joe trying to do the same thing. You see, both of us got lost. We went down the street that we thought would get us back to the hotel, but it was the wrong way. We followed that by several more wrong ways. It's now 8:45 and we don't know where we are. Joe said "we gotta run". Problem is, Joe could run like the wind and I couldn't. I kept yelling "Joe, wait up!." He kept yelling "Hurry up, will ya!" We still didn't know which way to go, but somehow, the hotel appeared in the distance. I yelled "Joe, there it is!" He turned, and sprinted for the hotel and I tried to keep up. We made it back to our room around 9:15, but fortunately Brother Roger hadn't made it to our room yet. When he came in, we acted like obedient Catholic School boys. My best wishes go to Joe's family. He was a great guy, one that I've always remembered well. God Bless his soul.
Ralph Pallotta
February 24, 2016
To my dear friend and "sister-in-law" Bev, Joel, Neil and family, You all know what a very special "brother-in-law", uncle, dad,grampy and my friend for over forty years Joe has been. I will keep all of those memories in my heart always. You all mean so much to me and I am here for you always. You have so many ways to remember and honor such a special man. I am honored to be a part of your family. Love and prayers, Vicky
Vicky Considine
February 23, 2016
I've known Joe since I became a referee in college and have had the pleasure of having him as one of my assigners in CMYBL for the last several years. He was always a delight to deal with and even while ill, his love of TAP basketball was evident in that he was assigning officials just a couple of weeks ago. My sincere condolences to your family. --- Josh Hammer, CMYBL
Hammer Josh
February 23, 2016
February 23, 2016

Words cannot express the sadness that our family felt after hearing of Joe's passing.
Joe was a very special Grampy and he will always be remembered by his two little girls Ava and Breanna.
February 23, 2016
Words cannot express the sadness that our family felt after hearing of Joe's passing. Joe was a very special Grampy and he will always be remembered by his two little girls Ava and Breanna.

The Gray Family
February 23, 2016
Joe was a wonderful man that will be greatly missed. R.I.P my Friend.
Melissa Renaud
February 23, 2016
Joe was a very special person and I was honored to have had the opportunity to know him, watch him as a coach, laugh with him, and work with him. Bev, Joel and Neil there are no words to express how truly sorry I am for your loss. You were all fortunate and blessed to have had him as a husband and father, they don't come any better than Joe. May God give you all strength and blessings. My heart and prayers are with you all.
Joyce Caouette
February 23, 2016
Joel and Kristin and rest of family, I know all too well what this horrible disease can do. I'm so very sorry for your family's loss. Thoughts prayers and strength your way during this difficult time. Xoxo Marcy Lomme
Marcy Lomme
February 23, 2016
Bev, Joel and Neil,
I have so many fond memories of Joe. Playing in your backyard, getting a drink inside the house and then being chased back out lol, him yelling at us "turkeys" across the street.... He was always smiling and making jokes. He had one of the best senses of humor, one I think Neil carries on today. You are all in my thoughts and I'm so sorry for this big loss.
Krystyn (Schreiber) Mansfield
Krystyn Mansfield
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