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William Kehoe

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William Kehoe

Birth
Ireland
Death
29 Dec 1929 (aged 87)
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Burial
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Magnolia 329
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William Kehoe Of
Savannah Dies

One of The city's Most Widely
Known Citizens Passes Away
At Age of 87

(Special to The Bulletin)

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah lost one of its most widely known and beloved citizens here December 29th in the death of William Kehoe, a leading local manufacturer and one of the city's oldest residents. He was 87 years old and had lived in Savannah since 1852. Death was caused by pneumonia.

Mr. Kehoe was born in Ireland in 1843 and came to Savannah when he was quite young. He was educated here and learned the iron molder's trade; in 1878 he went into business for himself and in the 51 years in which he engaged in business he built up one of the best equipped marine engineering shops on the South Atlantic Coast.

His business interests were not confined there, however. He was one of the organizers and founders of the Chatham Savings and Loan Company and its president at the time of his death, a director of the Savannah Electric and Power Company, an originator of the Tybee Railroad, in which he held script No. 1 in recognition of his pioneer work, served as president of the Tybee Beach Company and the Hotel Tybee Company, was a member of the town council of Tybee for 25 years, and a director of the National Bank of Savannah. He was a member of the Board of Commissioners of Chatham County from 1893-1898, when he resigned.

Mr. Kehoe's religious organization affiliations were as wide as his civic and business connections. A devout member of Cathedral Parish, he was for many years, treasurer of St. Mary's Female Orphanage Benevolent Society, and a member of the Catholic Knights of America, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Laymen's Association, the Holy Name Society of Cathedral Parish, and other Catholic organizations. He was also affiliated actively with the Hibernian Society, the Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Volunteer Guards and the former Association Charities of Savannah, which he served as vice-president and director. In former years he was active in the Yacht Club, and when the Yacht Club was sold to the Shrine Club some years ago, the Shriners extended to Mr. Kehoe, the privileges of the club for life.

Mr. Kehoe was married November 26, 1868, to Miss Annie Flood. Of his nine children, three sons, Simon P. Kehoe, James J. Kehoe and Daniel E. Kehoe, and four daughters, Mrs. F.H. Golden, Mrs. J.W. Crolly, of Merion, Pa.; Miss Mary Kehoe and Miss Helen Kehoe, survive. He is survived also by 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral of Mr. Kehoe is to be held Tuesday of this week at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, of which he was one of the most prominent members. The flag at the court house was at half-mast from the time of Mr. Kehoe's death to his funeral.

~ The Bulletin of The Catholic Laymen's Association of Georgia, 04 Jan 1930
William Kehoe Of
Savannah Dies

One of The city's Most Widely
Known Citizens Passes Away
At Age of 87

(Special to The Bulletin)

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah lost one of its most widely known and beloved citizens here December 29th in the death of William Kehoe, a leading local manufacturer and one of the city's oldest residents. He was 87 years old and had lived in Savannah since 1852. Death was caused by pneumonia.

Mr. Kehoe was born in Ireland in 1843 and came to Savannah when he was quite young. He was educated here and learned the iron molder's trade; in 1878 he went into business for himself and in the 51 years in which he engaged in business he built up one of the best equipped marine engineering shops on the South Atlantic Coast.

His business interests were not confined there, however. He was one of the organizers and founders of the Chatham Savings and Loan Company and its president at the time of his death, a director of the Savannah Electric and Power Company, an originator of the Tybee Railroad, in which he held script No. 1 in recognition of his pioneer work, served as president of the Tybee Beach Company and the Hotel Tybee Company, was a member of the town council of Tybee for 25 years, and a director of the National Bank of Savannah. He was a member of the Board of Commissioners of Chatham County from 1893-1898, when he resigned.

Mr. Kehoe's religious organization affiliations were as wide as his civic and business connections. A devout member of Cathedral Parish, he was for many years, treasurer of St. Mary's Female Orphanage Benevolent Society, and a member of the Catholic Knights of America, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Laymen's Association, the Holy Name Society of Cathedral Parish, and other Catholic organizations. He was also affiliated actively with the Hibernian Society, the Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Volunteer Guards and the former Association Charities of Savannah, which he served as vice-president and director. In former years he was active in the Yacht Club, and when the Yacht Club was sold to the Shrine Club some years ago, the Shriners extended to Mr. Kehoe, the privileges of the club for life.

Mr. Kehoe was married November 26, 1868, to Miss Annie Flood. Of his nine children, three sons, Simon P. Kehoe, James J. Kehoe and Daniel E. Kehoe, and four daughters, Mrs. F.H. Golden, Mrs. J.W. Crolly, of Merion, Pa.; Miss Mary Kehoe and Miss Helen Kehoe, survive. He is survived also by 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral of Mr. Kehoe is to be held Tuesday of this week at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, of which he was one of the most prominent members. The flag at the court house was at half-mast from the time of Mr. Kehoe's death to his funeral.

~ The Bulletin of The Catholic Laymen's Association of Georgia, 04 Jan 1930


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