OXFORD – Timothy J. Kiely, 61, of Carron Lane, died peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2022, surrounded by his family at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus in Worcester, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharlene M. (White) Kiely of Oxford; three children, Jennifer M. LeBlanc and her husband Phillip of Shrewsbury, Melissa M. Kiely and her fiancé Christopher Raymond of Webster, and Mathew T. Kiely and his wife Delilah of Nashua, NH; three brothers, James L. Kiely and his wife Josie Cambria-Kiely of Sturbridge, Christopher J. Kiely and his wife Suzanne of Worthington, and Daniel P. Kiely and his wife Christina of North Attleboro; seven grandchildren, Amelia, Avery, Zachery, John, Timothy, Colton, and Liam; and several nephews and nieces. He was born in Stafford Springs, CT, son of the late John “Jack” V. and Clare E. (Delaney) Kiely, was raised in Franklin and lived in Hopkinton for 21 years, before moving to Oxford 17 years ago. He graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole in 1979.
Mr. Kiely was a manager at D&D Landscape in Hudson for 3 years. Previously, he worked at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton for 28 years, beginning as a landscaper after high school and becoming manager of the retail garden center.
He was a skilled woodworker who could build any piece of furniture that you could imagine. He loved target shooting and collecting firearms. He enjoyed being outside, gardening and seeing to it that his lawn was pristine. He had a passion for horticulture. He could tell you the common name, Latin name and complete care and maintenance advice for any tree or shrub that crossed his path. But most of all he was dedicated to his family. He was married to the love of his life for 39 years. His three children could not have had more love and respect for him. Being a papa was a badge of honor he wore with pride, he was a hero and best friend to his seven grandchildren. He may have left this earth before his time, but for the time he was here he loved and was loved beyond measure.
Memorial calling hours are Wednesday, December 14, 2022, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. A prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.