With his Harley
William J. "Bill" Kelleher, Jr.
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 20, 1940
  • Place of birth:
    Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 4, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Houston, Texas, United States
He was and will remain a special man.

William J. “Bill” Kelleher passed away after a brief illness on Monday, July 4, 2016, peacefully and courageously with his loving family at his side.  

Bill was born on September 25, 1940 in Waterbury, CT to William J. Kelleher, Sr. and Mary E. Keefe Kelleher.  He graduated from Watertown High School in 1958 and furthered his education in a training and apprenticeship program as a Tool and Die Maker at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT.  Bill met and married Joan Frances Wrynn in 1963 and began his career working for Tech Systems in Thomaston, CT eventually starting his own machine shop, B&W Tool in Bethany, CT.  While raising his family and plying his trade, Bill also served for several years in the US Army National Guard. 

Bill was a devoted and proud father to his daughter, Leanne Kelleher, and son, Thomas Kelleher, both of Vero Beach. His unconditional love and support for his children was unwavering with both of them knowing always that they were loved, safe and important, with a constant ally they could count on every day of their lives.  

He leaves behind his sister Roseanne Kelleher Giannaccio with her husband, Anthony Giannaccio, and his nephews and nieces, Mike, Rob, Jeff, Ed, Danny, Kim, Danielle and Beth.

Whether it was Will, Billy, Bill, Uncle Bill or Dad, he was truly loved by his family. He touched the lives of everyone he met. He lived his life quietly and unobtrusively with all who knew him remembering him as a generous man with gentle blue eyes, a warm smile, a great sense of humor, a work ethic second to none, and a relentless attention to detail in everything he did.  Bill had countless friends as well as a second family as the patriarch of The Tides, his daughter’s restaurant in Vero Beach, where he acted as handyman, foreman, cheerleader, and food taster.

He was exceptionally proud, kind, loyal and smart, and was a man of great character who faced his final days with uncommon bravery, dignity, humor and peace.  He was and will remain a special man.

At Bill’s request, there will be no viewing or service with his ashes to be scattered by his daughter and son in a private ceremony.  A memorial dinner, open to the public, will be held at The Tides in the near future with all proceeds benefiting the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, TX.  Additional details will be published at a later time.

Also, a celebratory and memorial cookout will be held at the home of Roseanne and Tony Giannaccio in Woodbury on Sunday, August 21st.  Those wishing to attend may contact the Leanne and Tom Kelleher at rememberingbillkelleher@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of William Kelleher to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Nursing Education and Training, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Brian Guinee on 4th July 2017

"I've been thinking of Bill since working in the kitchen last week at The Tides, a good man that is truly missed! ......"

This tribute was added by Brian Guinee on 25th July 2016

"Tom, Leanne, Claudia and all the family, Carla & I want you to know we are praying for peace & comfort for all of you. I miss Bill, I looked up to him! Bill had such vast knowledge of so many things, esp. mechanical things- that I could appreciate! We actually had a bit in common. Besides fixing or building something, we both took on challenges, ready to give it our best! I admire you & miss you Bill..."

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