Raymond Kilroy Obituary, Former Keyport Fire Department Chief Has Died
- john Gibson
Raymond Kilroy Obituary, Death – Raymond Kilroy, a former Chief of the Keyport Fire Department, was also the department’s Chaplain and served in that capacity for many years. The staff is deeply saddened to report his loss and express their condolences. In 1978, Ray joined the Raritan Hose Company, which ultimately led to him becoming a member of the Kingston Fire Department (KFD).
In 2011, after having served as an Assistant Chief for the prior three years, Ray successfully competed for and was promoted to the position of Chief of Department. After he had served as Chief, he continued to dedicate many years of his life to serving the people of Keyport in a variety of capacities. These roles included continuing to react to calls, acting as a crossing guard, and perhaps most memorably, portraying Santa Claus for the Consolidated Fire Protection. After he had served as Chief, he continued to devote many years of his life to serving the people of Keyport in a number of positions.
Not only did this role bring untold amounts of delight to the families he visited, but it also offered him a great deal of joy. In addition, Ray has served as Chaplain for the Bayshore Active Fire Chiefs Association, the surrounding communities, and the KFD. He has also held the post of Chaplain for the KFD. Ray will be remembered for all time as a truly exceptional human being, a man who would give you the clothes off his back, was always willing to lend a hand, and most importantly, advise and comfort in times of struggle. This is how Ray will be remembered for all time. Because of this, he will be remembered for all of time.
We ask that everyone keep the Kilroy family, who are going through this difficult period, in their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We are confident that they would value it. We’ve got it from here, Chief; may you finally have some peace and quiet.