EDWARD JOSEPH KILDAY III, born in Hartford Connecticut July 23, 1930, passed away on July 9th,2013
He was preceded in death by his father Edward Joseph Kilday Jr., his mother Winiford Vautrot Kilday, and his sister Mary Katherine Kilday.
He is survived by his wife Rosealee Ortmann Kilday, his daughter Marylee Kilday, and his son Edward Joseph Kilday IV. He is also survived by his sisters Winifred JoAnne Kilday (Deacon John Cretaro), Mignon Vautrot Kilday, and sister in law Sister Mary Lawrence.
E.J. was a graduate of Hartford Public High School, Hartford Connecticut. He worked in radio during high school, served in the U.S. Navy with a Honorable discharge as a Journalist 2nd Class P.O. He graduated from Spring Hill College where he was the first student to receive a degree in Drama.
He relocated to Mobile, AL where he was employed with WKRG Radio as a staff announcer. Later he worked for the Mobile Area Junior Chamber of Commerce as their Executive Secretary and then WALA AM/FM TV as News Director where he received 4 AP Awards. EJ was also a member of Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalist Society and a proud member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as well as the Mobile Press Club. He joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent/Supervisor in 1966 and retired in Mobile AL in 1986.
E.J. was a Commander for the American Legion Post 3, and a Judge Advocate for the 33rd district. He volunteered for and was employed by the American Red Cross . He was a member of two of Mobiles Mystical Societies, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and a member of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick where he served as Secretary.
E.J. followed his father by joining the Knights Of Columbus in 1952 where he served the following positions:
· Master District of Alabama: 1982-84
· State Advocate: 1992-1994
· State Warden: 1991-1992
· District Deputy (1987-1988, 1990 – 1992, 2000-2002)
· Faithful Navigator Fourth Degree: 1958-59, 2003
· Grand Knight: 1987-88, 1990-91, 2002-2003
· Exemplification Degree Teams
· K of C Centennial & Convention General Chairman: 2002
· State Public Relations Director
· State Knight of the Year
· Council 666 Knight of the Year: 1988,1990,2002
· Family of the Month: 2000
He belonged to St. Ignatius Church where he served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 15, 2013 from St. Ignatius Catholic Church at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home with Rosary said at 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, E.J. requested that memorials be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #666 Mobile, AL.
Condolences may be made at www. Radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com