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Kilkelly, Thomas F. Obituary
Posted by: Fran MacPhail (ID *****3961) Date: April 02, 2011 at 06:02:22
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South Hadley Falls
Date: July 13, 1899

Location: Massachusetts
Paper: Springfield Republican
South Hadley Falls
Death of Thomas F. Kilkelly
A telegram was received yesterday from the war department by Mrs. Patrick Kilkelly, telling of the death of Thomas F. Kilkelly, her son, in Cuba. The first intimation the Kilkellys had of his death was in yesterday morning's Republican, stating that Thomas F. Kilkelly died the 1st of yellow fever; and about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon the telegram was received by his sister, Mino, while at work in Dickinson's dry goods store at Holyoke. Kilkelly was a member of the 1st Connecticut volunteers, joining that regiment at the outbreak of the war. The regiment went only as far as Florida, and Kilkelly was mustered out with the rest at the end of the war. He returned to the Falls and remained but a short while, when he joined Co. C., 5th infantry of regulars, and went to Cuba with them. While there he wrote letters home frequently, and seemed rather discouraged. In his last letter it stated that he was ill with yellow fever and that great numbers were dying right near him every day. His brother, Patrick, was in Cuba during the war, being a member of Co. D of Holyoke. Thomas F. Kilkelly was born in Holyoke 31 years ago, but had lived in So. Hadley Falls most of his life. He was a mason by trade and worked on many of the blocks in Holyoke. He married Jane Sullivan about five years ago but did not live with her very long. Kilkelly died in Cuba on the very day his wife was buried. He always figured in the politics at the Falls and was present at nearly every town meeting, where his ready wit was always in evidence. Besides his mother and father, he leaves three brothers, John, Patrick and Michael, the latter now serving in the 19th infantry at Camp Mead; and four sisters, Mino, Catherine, Ella and Annie. An effort will be made to bring the body to the Falls for burial. The news came through Gen. Brooke's report to the war department.


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