DANIEL R. KILEY

FORMER DELAWARE STATE FIRE MARSHAL
FORMER PRESIDENT TALLEYVILLE FIRE COMPANY

Daniel R. Kiley of Talleyville passed away with his family at his side on August 22, 2018, after a long illness.

Mr. Kiley was predeceased by: his grandparents Thomas & Vera Kiley, and Arthur & Lydia McKinney; parents Daniel T. & Helen E. Kiley; sister Barbara Kiley Harris; son-in-law Phillip J. Griffith, Jr.; and his father- and mother-in-law, James G. (Denny) & Sara Malloy.

Mr. Kiley is survived by: his wife of 55 years, Patricia Ann Malloy Kiley; son, D. Michael Kiley-Zufelt (Jim); daughter, Barbara J. Griffith; granddaughters Kiley D. Meyers (Daniel) and Krystyna M. Griffith; great-grandchildren, Lilliana, Delaney, Daniel, and Phillip Meyers; brother Thomas L. Kiley (Kathryn) of Edgewater, MD; brother-in-law Norman Harris; and three nieces, their spouses and children. Mr. Kiley was very fond of saying that a visit by his grandchildren made any day better.

Mr. Kiley attended St. Elizabeth’s and Christ Our King schools and was a 1958 graduate of Salesianum, after which he went to work with his father in the family business, Concord Ornamental Iron/The Concord Forge.

Mr. Kiley began his fire service career at age 17 with the Talleyville Fire Company as a Junior Firefighter. He was a lifetime active member, held many offices, and served as Chair on several committees. His dedication to Talleyville culminated in his holding the office of President for almost forty years, from 1979 until 2016, the longest tenure in the history of the fire company.

He often commented on how fortunate he was as a young man to have had the opportunity to associate with the older members of the fire company as mentors and role models. He was also an Honorary Member of the Claymont Fire Company.

Mr. Kiley was appointed a Deputy Fire Marshal for the State of Delaware in February 1969. He rose in the ranks as Northern Division Supervisor in 1977, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal in 1983, and as the State Fire Marshal in 1990, retiring from service on December 31, 2001.

During his tenure as the State Fire Marshal, he authored the current Mandatory Smoke Detector law for all residential properties, and established the Major Incident Response Team for all fire fatalities and large loss fire incidents statewide. He also worked with the federal Health Care Finance Administration to develop the Health Care Certification Process for all health care facilities providing an enhanced level of safety for their patients and residents.

Friends and colleagues are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, August 26, 2018, between the hours of 6pm-9pm at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. Overflow parking will be available at the Brandywine YMCA.

A Mass of Christian Burial as a celebration of his life will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE, on Monday, August 27, 2018, at 11am. Interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions either to the Talleyville Fire Company Membership Scholarship Fund, 3919 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803, or to the Salesianum School Tuition Assistance Fund, 1801 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802.

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