SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 2, 2013

John J. Killelea, 64


Middleton — Mr. John J. “Killer” Killelea, 64, of Middleton, beloved husband of Marianne (Hornsby) Killelea, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John J. and Phyllis (Sheridan) Killelea. He was raised and educated in Boston, Mass., Nashua, N.H., and Lincroft, N.J. He was a graduate of Christian Brother’s Academy in New Jersey and continued his education attending Dayton University in Ohio.

Mr. Killelea began his professional career with the former Eastern Airlines and more recently he had been employed by EMCOR. At the time of his illness he was employed by Novartis as a building and property manager.

A loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, John was a member of the “Real Men's Club” of Middleton, the “Sweethearts Club” and the Italian American Bocce Club of Lynn. He enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to his yard and working on his bocce court. He found any excuse to host pig roasts and Bocce and Bloody Mary parties with his family and friends. Family was paramount in John’s life. “Mr. Fix-It” was always working on a new project, whether it was building an ice skating rink for his kids, setting up a soccer backboard or designing modifications to his son’s wheelchair that he couldn’t find in any catalog, he never stopped creating. He will be remembered for his outgoing and kind nature, his dedication to his family and friends and his ability to socialize with anyone at any time. He will be forever missed.

In addition to his loving wife of 36 years, John is survived by his daughter, Megan Killelea of Boston; his sons, Patrick Killelea of Middleton and Kevin Killelea and his wife, Anne, of Charlestown; his sisters, Marybeth Killelea and her husband, Dennis Simons, of New Jersey and Barbara Killelea of New Jersey; his brothers, Peter Killelea and his partner, Joe Casey, of New York, and Paul Killelea of New Jersey; and several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be held in St. Agnes Church, Boston St., Middleton Tuesday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Visiting hours will be held in St. Agnes Church, Boston St., Middleton Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Route 62), Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John’s memory to the “Friends of Pat,” c/o People's United Bank, 2 Central St., Middleton, MA 01949. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.