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Joseph Kelliher

Joseph A. Kelliher

Wednesday, August 28th, 1935 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Obituary

Joseph A. Kelliher, 84, of West Hartford, beloved husband of Dolores (Tremko) Kelliher passed away May 7, 2020, surrounded by his family. Born on August 28, 1935, in Hartford, he was the son of John and Agnes Kelliher. The ‘baby’ in a family of 5 children under the age of 5, he loved sharing stories of their youth growing up in the North End. Joe was a proud member of the 1954 Weaver State Championship basketball team. He enlisted and served in the Army and was employed for the majority of his career with the Balf Company and vigorously enjoyed his more than 20 years of retirement (and let everyone know how much he enjoyed that retirement too). He coached Elmwood Datsun in the West Hartford Youth Basketball League for many years. With a quick wit and an abundant sense of humor, he was happy to remind everyone that Harry Truman was his favorite President and despite his visual impairment, he enjoyed skiing slopes and walking 9 holes of golf. He loved his crazy and colorful socks, a generous splash of Polo cologne, getting on the dance floor, listening to his books on tape, particularly those on world history and biographies, and was always ready for a card game of setback and watching the Red Sox or UConn basketball with a bag of veggie sticks and a glass of chardonnay in tow (and jokingly warned family and friends to not to call during UConn games). In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Anne Marie Andrews and her husband Todd Andrews of Newington, CT., daughter Marybeth Kelliher and her husband Steve Jordan of Alexandria, VA., and son Kevin Kelliher of Germantown, MD. In addition, “Papa” leaves 3 granddaughters, for whom he always found an extra $20 bill to slip into their hands: Katelyn Andrews, Megan Andrews and Emily Kelliher. He is also survived by two sisters, Anna Sheehy, Peggy Dawson, and brother Frank Kelliher and their respective families, as well as countless loving and boisterous friends, nephews and nieces who affectionately called him Joey. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Jack. Given current social distancing circumstances, a private ceremony and burial will be held with a public mass and celebration of his life (and a very loud and fun one too) to be held at a later date. Joe benefited from many available tools to overcome his visual impairment and with this in mind, contributions may be made through the Connecticut Heritage Foundation at https://egov.ct.gov/HeritageFoundationDonations/Donation/Create and selecting "Friends of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)”. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
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Given current social distancing circumstances, a private ceremony and burial will be held with a public mass and celebration of his life (and a very loud and fun one too) to be held at a later date. Joe benefited from many available tools to overcome his visual impairment and with this in mind, contributions may be made through the Connecticut Heritage Foundation at https://egov.ct.gov/HeritageFoundationDonations/Donation/Create and selecting "Friends of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)”.

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Gertrude Conroy

Posted at 07:49pm
Dear Dolores and family, Peggy, Anna and Frank I was sorry to learn of Joe's passing earlier this week. I always enjoyed talking with him and listening to his tales and wonderful laugh. I hope that memories of happier times will help you all through this sad time. My prayers, sympathy and love to you all. Gert Conroy
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Elliott & Elissa Donn

Posted at 02:33pm
Dear Dolores and Family,
We were so saddened to learn of Joe's passing. You all have our most sincere condolences at this sad time.

Joe and I were classmates at Weaver in '54, and I can remember what a happy-go-lucky and fun guy he was. He was a terrific athlete and one of the really "good guys". May many happy memories of your lives with him help ease your grief, and may he rest in peace.

Elliott & Elissa Donn
Windsor, CT
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Joe Sheehan

Posted at 04:05pm
Dear Dolores, Anna, Peggy and Frank,

Joe has been very much on my mind since I saw his obit yesterday morning. Dolores, I recall meeting you once years ago at a lecture given by Dick McBrien. I think it was at the Passionist Monastery in Farmington. Joe and I are the same age. Both of us attended Northwest Grammar and Junior High Schools. Years passed without contact as far as my fading memory can recall. Then some years ago we met at the Veteran's Hospital in Rocky Hill. Each of us was visiting a different friend living there. Joe shared with me two things we had in common. He worked for the Balf Company as did my father. Secondly, we both had live style impacting limitations. Joe his loss of sight. I loss of hearing.

The obit is great. Joe obviously lived a full, fun and giving life. Dolores, Anna, Peggy and Frank (Dottle?} I'm sorry for your loss.. I will be making a donation in Joe's name as suggested.

Joe Sheehan

Kristin Bowes

Posted at 09:21am
I’m so sorry, Kelliher Family. What wonderful memories I have of your dad growing up and I am happy I was able to see him just a few months ago one last time. What a true gentleman and family man. Love and prayers to all of you! Kristin Frost & Family
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Richard tripp

Posted at 07:22pm
Dolores. So sorry to hear of joes passing. I can still hear the laughter next door on Lebanon st during those card games with my mom and dad. And the talks we had when he took me to school. Great guy.
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