Dr. Joseph M. Kyrillos of Red Bank passed away peacefully in his sleep Dec. 3 at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor.
Devoted to his wife and children, he was a widely respected pediatrician, beloved by his family, friends, patients and all who knew him. During his lifetime he was a global traveler, remaining close with his family in Lebanon, an avid gardener, a skilled bridge player and most recently, an accomplished painter.
Born in Byblos, Lebanon Dec. 11, 1929, he was graduated from College de la Sagesse in Beirut. He went on to obtain his medical degree at Saint Joseph’s University, French Faculty of Medicine, and came to the United States to complete his residency in pediatrics at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.
Dr. Kyrillos was married to Marguerite Kyrillos (neé Shlala) for more than 60 years. They were married May 11, 1958.
A practicing pediatrician in Middletown for more than 50 years – first in private practice and later with the Medical Health Center of Middletown – he saw his last patients at age 85.
He is survived by his wife, Margo; his children, former Sen. Joseph Jr. and Susan Kyrillos of Middletown and their children Max and Georgia; Jean-Claude and Barbara Kyrillos of La Jolla, California and their children Alexandra, Christina, Carl and Ben; Dr. Janine Kyrillos of Narberth, Pennsylvania and her son Eddie; and Jean-Paul and Dannielle Kyrillos of New York City and their children Caspian and Calliope; and his brothers, Jean Kyrillos and Antoine Kyrillos and their families of Beirut, Lebanon.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. His family in Lebanon will also be celebrating a Catholic Mass in his honor at their church in Beirut.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, Pediatrics Department, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701.