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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Michael James Kiley

April 8, 1942November 16, 2019

Michael James Kiley “Mike” was born in Los Angeles California on April 8, 1942. After attending Notre Dame High School in North Hollywood he went on to the University of Montana earning a bachelor’s degree in Music. He went on to teach music in Vancouver, WA. After a successful teaching career, Mike with his gift of gab, moved into sales and quickly moved up the ranks to V.P of Sales Northeast Region for Tidland Corporation. Mike is survived by his wife Ildi. He had three children Paul Kiley (Kecia), Erin Kiley, Michael Kiley (Kate). He also has two step-children; Lisa (Peter) and Adam. As well as step-grandkids Chloe, Isabel, Sara and William. Mike was also a grandfather and great-grandfather, “Papa”. He has 8 grandchildren; Danny (Nadia), Patrick, Sheila, Ryan, Cory, Karleigh, Connor and Tyler. And one super fantastic great grandson, Ian. Mike’s zest for life and ability to make anyone laugh will be greatly missed. Mike was a proud hard worker whose skill at breaking down a problem, figuring a fix or work around and solving that problem is a trait that was passed down to all of his children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren. Mike will be remembered most by his sense of humor. His quick wit, and sharp knowledge could not be matched. Almost any attempt at out-humoring Mike was crushed by his skill in comebacks. Mike’s cheesy puns became a thing of legends, whereby his grandkids coined the term, “Papa-Joke”. A Papa-Joke is a corny pun or a mixing of words that leaves the listener with no possible reaction other than laughter. Papa-Jokes are now being recycled amongst his offspring and should continue to add laughter for generations. Mike was an accomplished singer and proud Irishman, adding those to skills together to sing an Irish tune at almost any family gathering. In a more professional setting, Mike sang at weddings, church services, shows and was even known to win Karaoke contests with his gift of voice. Mike’s love for music and talent in that arena was also passed down to several of his children and grandchildren. There was no one who didn’t like Mike Kiley. He was the ultimate example of patience and kindness. He was a gentle soul who was always willing to lend a hand, hold a door for someone, thank people, engage in conversation with anyone and add laughter to the most stressful of situations. Slàinte Dad

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Saturday, November 23, 2019

Memories

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Sharon Fradkin

November 21, 2019

Mike was a warm, caring and loving man. We were so happy to welcome him when he met and married Ildi. He was a great handyman, knowledgeable and energetic, who did so much around the house. We learned so many tips from him...even the idea to put folded kitchen bags at the bottom of the basket so emptying and replacing the bags became less of a chore. We remember doing Karaoke with him at a party, it was such fun. He had a beautiful voice and was able to be part of a choir/chorus for so many years which he truly enjoyed. His warm smile and handsome face will be missed by many, mainly our friend Ildi with whom he shared 27+ loving years. Their marriage was warm, considerate and loving, a true love as it seemed to us and those around them. May he rest in peace, and may his memory sustain Ildi.

Maryalice OHearn-Yafrate

November 20, 2019

God Bless Mike and please know how dearly loved and cherished he will always be remembered by our Quincy Choral Society family. He was a joy in my life and a treasured friend too
Peace to Ildy and his beloved family as you celebrate , honor and remember a truly gracious and wonderful gentle man.
Love,

Maryalice

Jen Jovin-Bernstein

November 20, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear that Mike has passed away. I sang with Mike in the Quincy Choral Society and always appreciated his positivity and professionalism. He was a joy to be around.

One of my favorite memories of Mike was from one of our cabaret nights in which he told the story of when he met his beloved Ildi and then proceeded to sing "Some Enchanted Evening" from the show South Pacific. Such a romantic gesture not only demonstrated his love for Ildi but also how music influenced how he thought and felt about those around him.

My sincere condolences to Ildi and to all in the Kiley family. May your memories of Mike comfort you in this sad time.

Sincerely,
Jen Jovin-Bernstein

Diane Murphy

November 20, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for all of your family for Mike. I am a member of the Quincy Choral Society, which Mike became a member some years ago. My fond memory is one day my phone rang and it was Mike, calling to ask about our QCS. So I did tell him about us and then realized that our March concert was that afternoon - so I suggested he come see for himself!! As each man entered whom I did not know - I asked "Are you Mike Kiley?" Then one of them was -Thank God for this wonderful man. I introduced myself and also introduced him to several of our members and our conductor. The rest is history!!! After that each time we saw each other, I would say Are you Mike Kiley? and he would say are you Diane Murphy? He was a wonderful member of our chorus and we miss him. I will keep this lovely man in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Diane Murphy

Sheila Rice

November 20, 2019

To the Kiley kids: so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was one of a kind - laughing, telling jokes, spilling out stories. May your memories keep him close to your hearts.

Cousin Sheila and the Rices.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY