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Garrett Paul Kiely Jr.

Garrett Paul Kiely Jr. Obituary
Garrett Paul Kiely Jr.
Devoted family man and president/owner of PDS; was well known and respected in the trucking and delivery industry
Garrett Paul Kiely Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2020.
The son of the late Garrett Paul Kiely Sr. and Claire (Winters) Kiely, he was born in Newark, N.J., and resided in the Middletown/Red Bank, N.J., area for more than 50 years.
Paul graduated from Seton Hall Prep in 1954 and from Seton Hall University in 1958 with a B.S. in accounting. After graduating college, he joined his father at Parcel Delivery Service, Inc. in Kearny, N.J., and continued to serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserve. After a career of more than four decades, Paul retired as president and owner of PDS. He was well known and respected in the trucking and delivery industry and served for many years as president of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association.
Paul was a passionate golfer and an avid sports fan who closely followed Seton Hall basketball, Yankees baseball, and Giants and Penn State football. He was a voracious reader who usually had three or four books by his side. Proud of his Irish heritage, he provided his family with a detailed family tree dating back to the 18th century.
Paul is survived by his wife, Judy Kiely, whom he cherished for 37 years, and his brother and sister-in-law, David and Janet Kiely of Brick, N.J. He was the brother of the late Francis Kiely, Mary Ann Cotten, and James Kiely, he is survived by his children and their spouses, Dr. Sharon Kiely (Michael DeVita) of Rowayton, Conn., Margaret Ann Deverin of Pittsburgh, Pa., Garrett P. Kiely, III (Catherine Mahoney) of Western Springs, Ill., Cynthia Kiely (David Isaacson) of Freehold, N.J., Dorothy Kiely (Robert Esporrin) of New York, N.Y., Peter Kiely (Tara) of Westfield, N.J., and his stepdaughters, and their spouses, Lori DiGennaro (Dimitri) of Middletown , N.J., and Lynn Bloss (Dave) of Seneca, S.C.
To his 19 grandchildren, Paul was a beloved PopPop who, along with Judy, never missed the opportunity to sing them Happy Birthday, record their height on the wall in the kitchen, and delight in hearing about their many accomplishments and adventures. He truly loved and was loved by Elizabeth, Christopher, Adam, Timothy, Annie, Margaux, James, Thomas, Julia, Daniel, Michael, Ashley, Matthew, Olivia, Jack, Liam, Dante, Faith, and Amanda. He will be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family will plan a gathering to share stories and celebrate Paul's life.
Memorial donations in Paul's name can be made to Seton Hall Prep at www.shp.org/giving/make-a-gift. Please indicate that your donation is "in honor of Paul Kiely '54".
Published in Star-Ledger on Mar. 24, 2020
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