Edward Joseph Kilday III

July 23, 1930July 9, 2013

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.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2013

Edward Joseph Kilday III

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Maurice & Penny Dupont

July 17, 2013

May God's peace be with you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Ed was a fine gentleman and Knight. We were honored to know him.

July 16, 2013

May the peace God gives sustain your family during this difficult time.Lean on one another as the days ahead become to hard to bear alone.Share your memories they will be a source of comfort that will help you cope, granting you peace.

Margaret Mangham

July 14, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kilday family.
Sincerely, Margaret (Matthews) and Jim Mangham

Howard & Frances Laubenthal

July 13, 2013

Our prayers for your family. We are so sorry for your loss. He will be surely missed,

July 13, 2013

My prayers are with you at this time.
Love, Sr. Mary Robert

Paul Robert Cannell

July 12, 2013

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Ed Kilday. He was a good and fateful member of the Knights of Columbus. The Order is a better organization today because of his leadership. The Knights at Council 666 will miss Ed and we all know that he is enjoying his reward in Heaven. May God bless Edward J. Kilday and grant peace to his family.


July 12, 2013

He will be missed.

Tim Creamer

July 12, 2013

EJ was a true Knight of Columbus. He loved it, he lived it and he believed in the Order and all it stood for. We will miss our Brother. Prayers go out to his family.