Robert Kilroy

Robert J. Kilroy (Bob)

October 24, 1942 - March 15, 2021
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Robert J. Kilroy, age 78, a longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 15, 2021, at Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn (Lauder) Kilroy with whom he shared 42 years of marriage.

Bob was born on October 24, 1942, in Dorchester, MA, and was a son of the late Arthur and Margaret (McFarland) Kilroy. Bob was raised in Natick, MA and was a proud graduate of Marian High School in Framingham. After high school, he attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and earned a degree in philosophy. After his years in the seminary, Bob discovered his true calling was in horticulture. He attended The Conway School of Landscape Design and graduated in 1981. He went on to own and operate Kilroy Design Associates for 15 years. While in his own business he participated in many New England Spring Flower Shows where he took home numerous awards. Bob truly enjoyed the camaraderie and competition when designing and showcasing his exhibits.

In his retirement, Bob took up watercolor painting and his art lives on in the homes of many family and friends. He was also in the process of writing a landscape manual that he worked on tirelessly. In addition, Bob volunteered at the Chelmsford Senior Center. His dishwashing skills were unmatched.

In addition to his loving wife Kit, Bob leaves his children and their spouses; Matthew Kilroy (Michelle) of Hampstead, NH, and Laura Cellucci (Ronald) of Sugar Land, Texas. Bo, as he was lovingly referred to by his four grandchildren, Miles and Maxwell Kilroy and James and Elizabeth Cellucci, were the little loves of his life. Bob also leaves his much-loved sister Janice Skelley and her fiancé, Roger Bayley, a great friend to Bob, of Framingham, MA. Along with his sister, Bob leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Jan Lauder of Fullerton, CA, Jeffrey Casavant of Woburn, MA and Kathie Kilroy of Holliston, MA. Also left behind are four nephews and two nieces.

Bob was predeceased by his twin brother, Bill, his sister Maureen Casavant and his brothers, Dennis and Tommy Kilroy.

Bob’s endless optimism, kindness and playful personality will be lovingly remembered by his family and many friends.

Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to The Friends of the Senior Center, Inc. c/o Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd. Chelmsford, MA 01863.
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Brenda Mprris

Posted at 03:12pm
John has fond memories of Bob at little league baseball games. I have fond memories of him stopping by as I worked in the yard complaining how the yard looked better than his. ( not true). And I will never forget the golf tee display at the Boston Flower Show that was a tribute to his dad. Always a cheerful presence. Rest in Peace.
John and Brenda Morris

Ray&Diane McCusker

Posted at 11:21am
Diane and I were so sorry to hear about Bobs passing. I loved his sense of humor and have great memories of Chelmsford baseball. Bob was always willing to help just a great guy he will be missed.

Fr. John Kiley

Posted at 01:20pm
My sympathy to the family of Bob. I remember him very well from our days at Cardinal O’Connell seminary in Jamaica Plain. In September 1962 he was my next-door neighbor. I remembered 6 him in prayer at mass this morning.

Fr. John Kiley

Our Lady of Hope Parish

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Kathy Burns Marden

Posted at 08:12am
I fondly remember Bob from our days together at Marian High School. Such a special person he was, liked by everyone, and the mischievous personality he had along with a constant twinkle in his eye. Rest in peace, Bobby.

Betsy Ross

Posted at 06:17pm
A tree for your brother will live on as his wonderful spirit for life!! A man who brought to all including my dear friend, his sister, Janice!
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