Longtime East Longmeadow resident William P. Kelleher, 82, died peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2020. He was born on February 20, 1937 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MA., a beloved son of William P. Kelleher and Emily D. (Fitzgerald) Kelleher. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Marie (O’Connell) Kelleher in 2017. He is survived by his daughters: Kathleen A. Kelleher of Northampton and Patricia M. Rich and husband Steve Rich of Vienna, VA, sons: William P. Kelleher III and wife Laura (Patton) Kelleher of Wilbraham and James E. Kelleher of Edgartown MA, two sisters: Susan Trelease and husband James Trelease of Enfield, CT and Sandra Green of Cary, NC. Cherished Grandchildren: Amy, Danielle, Jared, Phoebe, Elizabeth, Jack, Daniel, Caroline, Cassidy, Steven, and Carlin. Great Grandfather of Stella, Jonathan and Everett. His sister in-law Kathleen Moakler and her husband, Edward, of Poughkeepsie, NY; sister in-law Maureen (Shea) O’Connell, predeceased by brothers in-law Henry W. O’Connell, Jr., Donald E. O’Connell and William J. O’Connell.
He grew up in the Forest Park section of Springfield and raised his family in East Longmeadow. He was a 1954 graduate of Springfield Technical High School and earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army, attended the Armor School at Fort Knox Kentucky and the Ordnance School in Aberdeen, MD. Stationed in Germany with the 2nd Armored Cavalry during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the construction of the Berlin Wall. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney as an aeronautical engineer for 34 years, working on the JT9D jet engine for the Boeing 747.
Bill taught C.C.D. at St. Michael's in East Longmeadow for more than 35 years. He played CYO basketball at Holy Name, football with the Ruth Elizabeth city champions and hockey for the Forest Park Rifles. Bill was active in the Democratic Party. Bill enjoyed public speaking and gave St. Patrick performances with his wife, Marie, for many years. He was a Charter Grand Knight at St. Michael's Knights of Columbus where he enjoyed his role as Santa. He enjoyed his stay at the East Village retirement home, and the wonderful staff. He loved his family above all else and was especially devoted to his wonderful wife, Marie, whom he cared for during her long illness.
Bill’s Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, February 3rd at 11:30 AM at St. Michael’s Church, 128 Maple St., East Longmeadow. Burial with Military Honors will follow at 1:00 PM at Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St. Agawam, Massachusetts. Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Boston University School of Medicine, 72 East Concord St., B-7800, Boston, MA 02118.
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