John F. Kilduff Jr.

Kilduff obit picKilduff 1kilduff 2Kilduff, John Francis Jr. (Jack), 92 beloved husband of Josephine (Zima) Kilduff passed away on June 22, 2016 in the arms of his loving and devoted wife Josie. John was born in Unionville on January 14, 1924.He was the son of Lillian Hurlburt Kilduff and John Francis Kilduff. As a young boy, John went to work in his father’s tire business Jack Kilduff, Tire Expert in West Hartford before joining the U.S. Navy where he served on the Battleship USS North Carolina, serving in WWII. John and Josie were the key components in the opening of Kilduff’s Chevron, Unionville. John’s other love besides Josie was fishing the Farmington River (special fishing holes) and the CT Shore. He also enjoyed hunting and was a member of the Harwinton Rod and Gun Club. John had a keen eye when it came to shooting pool. He finished, repaired, and built many beautiful furniture pieces. It was later in life after being coaxed into a round of golf when he fell in love with the game and looked for every opportunity to play. John and Josie also shared a fondness for the Red Sox especially certain player, Big Poppy, and enjoyed spending many winters in Florida. John presented an incredible strength and perseverance through his whole life. He worked very hard and it seemed there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. John and Josie were married sixty-nine years, together they raised five children, all with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is survived by his loving son John F. Kilduff III (Kilduff’s Chevron, JFK and Associates) and his significant other Joany Ordorizzi of Cape Coral FL., his loving son Kenneth M. Kilduff (Kilduff’s Chevron, New Home construction) and his wife Carolyn of Unionville, his loving son Gregory J. Kilduff ( Automotive, New Home Construction) and his wife Theresa of Canton, his loving and devoted daughter Cheryl Byrne (Home cleaning, Vision Real Estate, CK Byrne Construction, County Wide Mechanical Services) and her husband Kenneth of Burlington, and his loving son Brian M. Kilduff (BMK Carpentry, New Home Construction) and his wife Beth of New Hartford. He leaves his beloved eleven Grandchildren and twelve Great Grandchildren. John is survived by his sister Patricia Kilduff Benson. John was predeceased by a newborn daughter (1960) and his great grandson Alexander Fornier (2013). He was also predeceased by his sisters Edna Dube, Lillian Prout, Dorothy Cyr, Muriel Plouff, Mabel Rowe, and brother Earl Kilduff. A very Special Thank You to the Bristol/Burlington EMS, Bristol Hospital and Touchpoints of Farmington for the concern, compassion, and gentle care given to John. Friends may call to the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street Route 4 Unionville, CT on Friday (July 1) at 4-7 PM. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (July 2) 10:00 AM in the Church of Saint Mary Star of the Sea (all are invited to go directly to the church). Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Volunteer Ambulance Core, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013.

Calling Hours

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 4-7 pm

Funeral Service

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 10:00 am in the Church of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville


St. Mary Cemetery - Avon

Memorial Contribution

Burlington Volunteer Ambulance Core, P.O. Box 1285, Burlington, CT 06013

4 Responses to 'John F. Kilduff Jr.'

  1. Robert B. Dube says:

    our condolences for the loss of “uncle John” We will be out of the country and unable to attend the services. I remember as a young boy peering down through the hot air register as John and Josephine played cards on a Saturday night with my folks, while they feasted on
    Spanish peanuts, pretzels, and drank soda or other goodies that we boys did not ordinarily get

  2. Beth says:

    Cheryl and family,

    Deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. I didn’t know your dad, but it sounds like he was an amazing man who fiercely loved his family, worked hard, and played joyfully.
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,

    Beth Borden Daley

  3. Marilyn Travaglini says:

    Sorry to learn of John’s passing. His love of the golf game led us into many conversations about women playing with men! He loved to get me going. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Josie and the family. Marilyn & Rick Travaglini from Canada (past residents of Holiday Manor in Naples, Fl)

  4. Sharon McLaughlin Gowen says:

    Cheryl, I wish I had words of comfort for this sad passing. There aren’t any that make the pain ease, but please know that I am so dreadfully sorry for your loss. The couple of times I met your dad, he was such a lovely man, and your love and caring for him was so much a part of who you are, it was inspiring. I won’t be in CT for the wake and funeral, but know that you and your family are in my thoughts and your dad is in my prayers.

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