WEST HARTFORD – Father Eugene Michael Kilbride, 82, died on March 17, 2016, at the rectory of St. Helena Parish.
He was born on Jan. 8, 1934, in the Washington Hill section of Waterbury. He was the youngest child of Michael J. and Helen (Madden) Kilbride. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School, both in Waterbury, attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and completed his studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.
On Jan. 6, 1959, he was the first man from St. Francis Xavier Parish to be ordained at St. Francis Xavier Church. He ministered for 40 years at St. Helena. He also served at St. Gertrude in Wilson, Blessed Martin de Porres in New Haven, St. Brigid in Elmwood and St. Francis of Assisi in South Windsor. He retired in 2008 and lived and served at St. Helena as senior priest until his death.
Father Kilbride celebrated the 57th anniversary of his ordination in January.
He was predeceased by his two sisters, Marie Shurkus and Claire Davis. He leaves many nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on March 21 at St. Helena Church. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waterbury.
Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Helena Church, 30 Echo Lane, West Hartford, CT 06107.