Kevin Michael Dailey

8 May, 19532 October, 2021

Kevin was born into this world on May 8, 1953 and went back to his heavenly home on October 2, 2021. Kevin was known as “a prince of a man” as well as a seanchaí (storyteller) and “SD” (devil’s advocate) by family and friends. His legacy is humor, laughter and smiles. An exhaustive reader and autodidact he shared his knowledge and opinions freely with those he met along the way. Kevin had many special gifts, the one he is most noted for is his cooking. He shared his love through the meals he created. He welcomed all to the table where we would sit for hours sharing delicious organic food, stories and laughter, as well as solving the world’s problems. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey (before it was cool) near Hamilton Park where he could be found playing basketball with his friends for hours and hours (sometimes falling asleep on the court). Kevin attended St. Michael’s Grammar School, St. Peter’s Prep and Merrimack College in Andover Massachusetts. He was offered a full basketball scholarship at Merrimack and attained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He had a stellar career in the railroad industry starting as a baggage man where he learned major important life lessons from the “Southern Gentlemen” he worked with. Kevin worked his way up through managerial positions including Supervisor of Safety and Operating Rules for a mid-west division of Conrail and General Motors Railroad Logistics Manager for North America. After he retired, Kevin became an “expert witness” for railroad cases using his knowledge, experience and expertise in railroad safety rules and standards. He was proud to bring truth to each case in which he participated. Kevin also mentored many younger colleagues along the way, sharing his wit and wisdom. A world traveler and unofficial “Goodwill Ambassador”. Kevin was a member of the Ann Arbor Sister City People to People Committee and volunteered with the U.S. State Department International Visitors Program where he demonstrated his passion for truth, justice and peace in the world. Kevin was also known for his love of music, arts and poetry. Some of his favorites included, Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Van Gogh, Mozart, Beethoven, the Kruger Brothers, Sean Keane and, of course being a Jersey guy, the “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen. He volunteered for the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival joining the Robinsons – “Binson Majors and Binson Minors” in welcoming amazing musicians from around the world, many of whom became close friends. Kevin’s memory will be kept alive in the hearts of his family and many friends in the U.S., Canada, and the world – Ireland, Germany, Scotland, The Netherlands and Switzerland… you all know who you are. Kevin’s family includes the late Alice and John Dailey, Mark Dailey, Genevieve and Victor Mackiewicz, Babci Piotrowicz, Babci Mackiewicz. Survived by: His loving wife Regina Dailey, John (Buck) and Colleen Dailey, Christine (Chrissy) and Walter Wahlgren, Stas’ Mackiewicz and Jane Critchlow, Frank Latoraca (Laura Latoraca deceased), Nephews: Christopher, Nicholas and Gabriel, Nieces: Mary Kate (John), Amy (Jared), Great niece Molly, Great nephews: Jack, Owen, Finn and Liam. Aunt Dorothy, Aunts, Uncles & Cousins: Dailey, Geiss, Ryan, Deblasio, Przygocki, Mackiewicz, and Piotrowicz families and many dear friends throughout the world.


14 May

Celebrating The Life of Kevin May 14, 2022

Matthei Botanical Gardens

1800 N Dixboro Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105



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Staś (Stan) Mackiewicz

28 October 2021

I am saddened by my family's loss of Kevin. I hope the many memories of loving and happy times together help us (family & friends) through this time of grief.

GLEN Carey

27 October 2021

Kevin's loss is felt deeply here in Goderich, the home of the Celtic Festival he and Gina loved. They have been for years among our greatest ambassadors.
The Festival mourns.As do I. Gina my thoughts are to you.
I met Kevin many years ago when I recruited him as an MC for the Festival, a Crew it was my honour to lead. He took on a share for several years, then Gina did also( she was better!)
But my favourite memories arethe jokes. The stories. The seanchai. We always met early each Festival, at the same lamp post in the Park. He would be waiting, like a little kid; he had the 1st 3 jokes lined up, knowing I would have heard none. The stitches were then inevitable. He liked to flatter me about the closing piece I do for each Festival, and when I retired from the regular MC'ing, his standard dig was "The crew is not the same without you", followed by a Cheshire Cat grin. And my response always-"What would you know about it, you were so bad at it I had to get Gina to replace you"
One of the really good guys.
The Festival will Remember you.Stay tuned.
So to the seanchai, and with apologies to Leon Uris, "Here we go "
Now and in Times to Come,
Wherever the Green is worn,
We are changed, changed utterly ,
A wonderful Beauty is gone.

Irene Warjanka

27 October 2021

I will miss my favorite summer guest forever. His complete takeover of my kitchen was very welcome except when it came to cooking bacon.Who cuts all the fat off of bacon ???That would be Kevin.He managed to turn 1 pound of bacon into not quite a quarter pound. The next visit he was banned from the stove by putting yellow caution tape in front of the stove.. Such fun with Kevin and Gina .My love and hugs to Gina and all who had the privilege of calling Kevin their friend.

Artie Londrigan

26 October 2021

Kevin was my next door neighbor growing up in downtown Jersey City, and my first real friend. Kevin and I attended grammar school together and spent countless hours in St. Michael’s courtyard around the corner playing basketball, although he was way better than me and mostly everyone else on the court. We played together on teams for St. Mike’s, and won a few championships, mostly due to Kevin’s leadership and ability. Kevin had a great sense of humor and a big heart, and I will always remember him as my first friend ever!

Michael Cross

25 October 2021

I was saddened to hear of Kevin’s passing. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s family and all of those who loved him. Will always remember him for the humor and the stories. Was always a pleasure to work with and a great person to know and have a conversations with.

Tom Giovinazzi

18 October 2021

I'm really saddened by Kevin's passing and want to pass on my prayers for Gina and the family. Kev and I became close friends on the railroad, worked together there and at Vector, and have been lifelong friends. He was the most unique, funny, caring person ever. As sad as his passing is I just remember how funny he was. He was a great railroader, he read all the time, he could talk to anybody and he always had a unique perspective on things. He had stories like no 10 people I know. He taught me to always start a presentation with a joke or funny story "and T be brief, the only people who think you and I are interesting is you and me" One of the nicest things you can say about someone in this life is thanks for always being there...and just knowing he was there as a friend all those years no matter what.... well, "thanks for always being there Kev" See you on the other side buddy..

Matt Babbs

16 October 2021

Coming over from England, a few years ago, I didn’t know too many people out here and Kevin came swanning into the store where I work, and instantly made himself a friend.

He was always kind and helpful and had enough stories to write a book. I’ll really miss his jokes and his laugh and also his conscious realisation of the world around him. His taste in music was an eye opener and introduced me to many great artists.

I’ll miss Kevo and his smart, laid back, quirky ways. He really was a nugget of gold in a mountain of rocks. Huge condolences to Gina and family. Taken away from us way, way too soon. I can’t even imagine.
“Here we go!”

Nick Trombetta

15 October 2021

I was incredibly saddened to hear of Kevin’s passing. My condolences to Gina and my thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s family and all of those who loved him. Kevin was a friend and my first professional mentor. Kevin and I worked closely together, and traveled around the country together, in the early Vector years. I have no memory of him ever being in a somber mood. Kevin had an incredible wit and the gift of gab. He was a teller of jokes and stories. He called them his vignettes. He loved to share his vignettes with anybody who would listen. He was a smart, generous, kind, charismatic character. I am thankful that he was a part of my life. Godspeed Kevo.

Eric Brown

14 October 2021

Just learned of Kevin’s passing. Worked with him at Vector. I had two years of a railroad background which gave Kevin and I a common thing to discuss. He was always one for wise cracks and comments to keep us all laughing. My condolences.

Richard Kridler

14 October 2021

A long time friend. me laugh, RIP