Gerald A. Killeen, 78, of Hilton Head Island, SC passed away on March 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mae Walsh Killeen; father, Denis, sisters Betty Felton and Emily Wyland and brother, Denis. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia Killeen; sons Greg (Fran), Doug (Heather) and Brian (Natalie); and six grandchildren, Lauren, Nicole, Megan, Danielle, Nate, and Erin.
Born October 10, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY, Jerry lived his childhood in NYC and met his wife Pat in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He graduated from Iona College, received a Masters from Ohio University, and a PHD from Ohio State University. Jerry spent his career in public education working as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. In 1976, Jerry, Pat and their 3 sons moved to South Jersey where Jerry began a 26-year career as the Superintendent of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District.
Jerry was a dedicated husband and father who spent much of his free time attending his kids’ athletic events, playing tennis and spending summers at Lake George, NY. Upon retirement, Jerry and Pat moved to Hilton Head Island, SC where they split their time between Hilton Head, Lake George, and traveling to see their children and grandchildren in Atlanta, Denver, and Indianapolis.
During his retirement years Jerry enjoyed playing tennis and golf, reading the New York Times, drinking coffee at Starbucks, and working as an adviser for Nova Southeastern University where he advised students pursuing their doctorate in Education. Jerry was a caring husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many people who will miss him tremendously.
His funeral service will be held on April 7, 2018 at 10:30 at St Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.
St. Francis By The Sea Catholic Church
Saturday April 7th, 2018
45 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
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One of the many wonderful characteristics of Jerry's was his calls out of the blue, Having known him since Iona days, a proactive call from him, both a surprise and delight, led to a number of welcoming encounters both here in North Carolina as well as in New Jersey and South Carolina. Thanks for the pleasant hours together, Jerry.
Submitted by Kevin Haggerty on Apr 14 2018 11:43:39 AM
Dear Pat and Family,
Your Dear Gerry will be missed.. But he in the limitless memory of God who promises to bring back our loved ones in the future to come .God is not one to lie and he said he will wipe away death and it will be no more. ( Revelation 21:4) Our thoughts are with the family at this time .
Submitted by your neighbor on Mar 30 2018 02:57:05 PM
Dear Pat and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a kind humble person and impacted everyone who knew him. We have many fond memories of spending time with Jerry. My dad was so blessed to have him as his best friend. He treasured his friendship and conversations. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time. Love The Niemela Family (Lisa Strauss)
Submitted by Lisa Niemela on Mar 29 2018 09:09:00 AM
Dear Pat and Family,
Unfortunately Jane and I will not be able ro attend the services next weeek Thre are some people that come into your life that are very special. Gerry was such a person. He had a gift that both of us will always treasure. He was a great listener and he always had an ability to make you feel better. He was my closest friend and he will be greatly missed. We traveled together ,dined together,played tennis together,and visited with each other when we lived apart. We shared our thoughts and we shared our problems. We even shared our differences but we always learned from one another. Gerry was always my idol because he never got upset and he always comforted me when I had a problem. We met over 40 years ago at a Regional Superintendent’s meeting and remained the closest of friends over the years. He was from Brooklyn and I was from Manhattan. We shared so many things in common,except he read the New York Times and I read the Wall Street Journal. We were miles apart in our political views but we never let that come between us. We still cannot believe he is not with us. We take great comfort in knowing he is in a better place and the memories of himwill comfort us in the years ahead. Rest inPeace my dear Gerry. You have left your imprint on your family,friends,and those that have known you.
Dick and Jane Strauss
Submitted by Richard/Jane Strauss on Mar 28 2018 02:25:20 PM
What a wonderful, talented and humble man that has been taken from us too soon. He encouraged people when and wherever he met them, in his professional life, playing golf and tennis or on the Shore Colony dock at Lake George. Our condolences to Pat, the boys and their families at this very sad time. Pete & Stephanie
Submitted by Pete Sherman on Mar 28 2018 07:32:11 AM
Jerry Killeen was a competent, caring professional and a fine gentleman!
Submitted by Victor Mignogna on Mar 27 2018 07:34:48 PM
Dr. Killeen was a gentleman and a scholar. At BHP we were fortunate to have had his competent and consistent leadership for so many years. I was always impressed how such a busy man learned all of the names of the district's employees and would always take the time to stop and talk to us in the hallway and ask about our families. And he loved to regale us with stories of Lake George vacations and the educational and career accomplishments of his children. Dr. Killeen was a calm, reassuring presence in the face of some difficult challenges. Please know that he made a difference in the lives of many, many people, including mine. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.
Submitted by Ed Stahl on Mar 27 2018 06:03:35 PM
I have many fond memories of Dr Killeen. He helped me transition into teaching in NJ after leaving New York. His love of education enabled me to work with Dr Hollinshead in beginning an Honors Program in the Black Horse Pike District.
We shared the love of Lake George, and so much more. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach at Highlanf HS. Your guidance took us through lots of changes. You made the district a fine place to be. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
Joan Dunigan Scott.
Submitted by Joan A Scott on Mar 27 2018 11:08:44 AM
Mrs. Killeen and Family, Mr. Gerald touched many young lives and will be thought of often. May your many wonderful family memories bring you comfort to share with each other during this time. May you also have the peace and comfort offered by our Heavenly Father Jehovah as promised by His son and our savior, Jesus Christ.
Submitted by Mrs. R. Faust on Mar 27 2018 06:30:12 AM
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