MERIDEN - Joseph G. (Bud) Kiely, 83, of Meriden, beloved husband of Gene (Piatek) Kiely, passed away peacefully, with his devoted wife and loving family by his side, Thursday, Nov. 10, after a lengthy bout with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Born Jan. 13, 1928, to the late Joseph M. and Agnes Kiely, Bud resided in Meriden his entire life, attending St. Mary Elementary School and graduating from Meriden High School in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, serving aboard the U.S.S. Huntington as that cruiser supported post-war operations at a number of Mediterranean ports. He was chiefly responsible for maintaining and operating the ship's boilers. After being honorably discharged in 1949, Bud returned to Meriden, marrying Gene in 1950. His engine room experience helped him land a job at New Departure Hyatt in Meriden (later in Bristol) and support his children through braces, college and weddings. He retired in 1987. Bud thoroughly enjoyed his retirement as he and Gene made several cross-country trips, traveled abroad, and visited frequently with family and friends. His children will remember him always as a lover of nature and a truly devoted family man who took them on day-long trips to ride the waves at Misquamicut, on early morning swims at Beaver's Pond ('before the water gets muddy'), on hikes at Hubbard Park and for Sunday, back-yard cook-outs, among many other fondly remembered events and excursions. He was a parishioner of St. Mary Church. Besides Gene, he is survived by their 10 children and their spouses, Joseph (Buddy) Kiely, Jeanne Kiely and Drew Maciag, Judy Kiely and Philip Rieth, Diane and Kevin Mischke, Marianne (Mimi) and Ed Heath, Tom and Candace Kiely, Nancy and Bill Bobskill, Kathy Kiely and Bob Perruccio, Robert Kiely, Holly and Joe Ludemann; his sister, Maureen Palladino; his brother, Edward Kiely; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Shirley Kiely; 17 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister-in-law Carol Kiely. The family would like to thank Britney Monroe for her compassion in assisting Gene with her husband's care. They also offer their thanks to VITAS Hospice for their kindness, care and support. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, at 10:30 a.m. at St Mary Church, Church Street, Meriden. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14th, at BEECHER & BENNETT- FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Kiely may be made to CurePSP: Foundation for PSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.

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  1. Jeanne and Drew, My heart goes out to you and your family. You will always have the memories and photographs to remind you of the wonderful times with your Father. Cheryl

  2. Diane, Marcia and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. We join with you in mouring the loss of your father. Just remember that as he loved you in life, he will continue to love you in death and that he will never let you walk alone; even in death he will continue walking beside you. Cherish the pleasant childhood memories and always think of the things you loved the most about him – they will help to bring you comfort. Alvin and Marcia Rogers

  3. Holly & Joe – Please extend our most heartfelt condolences to your Mother and your family on the passing of your Father. Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  4. Holy & Joe – Our deepest sympathies goes out to you and your entire family in the loss of your Father. May you find comfort in each other and the memories you have of your lifetime together. Our prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

  5. Mrs. Kiely and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories growing up on Hamilton Street and many of them involve your family. I remember Mr. Kiely loading up all the kids in the summer to make the drive to Misquamicut for the day. It didn’t seem to matter how crowded those big station wagons got, there always seemed to be room for myself and brother Arnie. I also remember Mr. Kiely cooking out in the backyard, and to this day I still think that Mr. Kiely grilled the best kielbasa, bar none. I hope you will be comforted by your wonderful memories of Bud and know I am thinking of you all. Love, Lisa

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