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Robert D. Killian

Robert D. Killian, 84, husband of Cynthia (Sampson) Killian of Heard Drive, Ipswich, died peacefully in the Beverly Hospital on December 2, 2014.

He was born in Boston,  November 29, 1930, son of the late Joseph and Josephine (McCarthy) Killian and was  raised in Brighton, a graduate of Brighton  public schools. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and served with a guided missile group in Texas. Following his honorable discharge he  continued his education nights at Northeastern University. He soon embarked on a career that eventually led him to open his own printing company, North Shore Printing in North Reading. Bob was actively involved in the business community of North Reading, having  served as President of the N. Reading Rotary Club where he  received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. He also devoted much of his time to many service projects in Ipswich as a thirty year member and past President of the Lionís Club.  

In addition to his loving wife of fifty-four years, he will be greatly missed  by his two sons, David M. Killian and his wife Susan of Georgetown, Keith D. Killian of Ipswich; four grandchildren, Shannon and Jennifer Killian both of Georgetown, Madison and Connor Killian both of Ipswich;  two nieces, Jennifer Barnard of New Canaan, CT and Lisa Gavin of Duxbury and all his friends. He was the brother of the late Donald J. Killian formerly of Newton.

 His funeral will be held 8 am Saturday, December 6 from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by the celebration of a  Mass of Christian Burial 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pine Swamp Road, Ipswich. Interment with Army Honors will be in the  Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Friday, December 5, from 4-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions will be gratefully accepted in Robertís memory to Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

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