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Kevin J. Kilborn

Posted By Wendy On November 8, 2010 @ 11:32 am In Obituaries | 65 Comments


1957 – 2010 

Woodstock Kevin “KK” Kilborn, 52, of Peake Brook Road, died Sunday, November 7, 2010 in Day Kimball Hospital.  He was the loving husband of Sue (Nelson) Kilborn.  Born in Webster, MA, he was the son of the Lorraine (Mason) Kilborn, and the late George Kilborn, Jr. 

Mr. Kilborn worked as a carpenter for Quinebaug Construction.  He was a talented musician who played the guitar, banjo, dobro and Grandma’s organ. His Passion was music.  He played in several local bands including R.O.A.D., The New Polish Cowboy, and Tripp Road.  He enjoyed gardening, growing hot peppers, cooking and kayaking.  He especially enjoyed being with Sue, family & friends. 

In addition to his wife and mother, Kevin is survived by his brother, Ronald Kilborn of Norfolk, VA; his sisters, Susan LaBonte of Woodstock, Linda Seele of Moosup, Laurie Swenson of Putnam, and Lisa Durand of North Grosvenordale.  He was predeceased by his daughter, the late Aliza LeBeau. 

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Kevin’s family from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT.  A gathering will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 11, 2010, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale.  Burial at a later date will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery. For memorial guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com

Condolences for the family of “Kevin J. Kilborn”

Condolence from Dean and Sue Mason on November 8th, 2010 1:30 pm

Dear Aunt Lorraine and family: How deeply sorry we are for your loss of Kevin. We know he was a wonderful son, husband, brother and friend. May all the wonderful memories you have of Kevin provide some comfort and peace to all of you during these days and weeks ahead. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Dean, Sue and Drew

Condolence from karen fahey on November 8th, 2010 1:36 pm

Sue: Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss.
Kevin was “one of a kind”! I will always remember his kindness; and the joy he brought in my life through his music.

Condolence from Trish Lustila on November 8th, 2010 2:07 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, Sue. I know how much you loved him and how much fun you had with him. Please know that your family at Woodstock Elementary School are sharing in your sorrow and wish that we could make this all go away.

Condolence from Melissa Vigeant on November 8th, 2010 2:51 pm

In all the years that I have know you and KK, I have never heard anyone ever say a bad word about him. If you knew Kevin , you loved Kevin. It’s said that you measure a man’s wealth by his friends and if that is true, Kevin was truly a wealthy man. I hope that you may find comfort during these difficult hours in knowing that Kevin loved you very much. Please also know that we all love you very much as well. Your friends will be here for you when ever you need us.

Condolence from Jeff & Donna Stefanik on November 8th, 2010 3:29 pm

Words can’t begin to express how sorry we are to hear of Kevin’s passing. We enjoyed many hours of his music and will be remembered for all the music he brought us. Sorry Sue and family.

Condolence from Jane Williamson on November 8th, 2010 6:04 pm

Dearest Sue, family and loved ones of KK,

I regret that I will not be able to give my condolences to you in person but, know, that I pray for you all.

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
~ Joseph Addison

The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
~The Talmud

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

warmest regards,


Condolence from Sharon Byberg on November 8th, 2010 7:27 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kevin. I am a friend who used to ‘jam’ with Kevin and go to Cajun Festivals with. Although I have not seen him in over 10 years, he was the kind of man you would never forget. Such a gentle person. Always a kind word. God Bless

Condolence from Annie Seraphin on November 8th, 2010 8:16 pm

Oh Sue,
I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is with you. Remember it is the memories that hold us together. Hold on to them tight! Prayers are with you and family to get you through this. Again I’m so sorry ……

Remember OUR HOUSE! I’m sure you just know what I mean by that.


Condolence from Ericka (Yvon) Laurens on November 8th, 2010 8:26 pm

Sue, You are in my thoughts and prayers, I’m sending you love, hugs and prayers during this very difficult time. I’m at a loss for words. Love, Ericka

Condolence from Brandon longe on November 8th, 2010 9:44 pm

God bless the friends and family of Kk .. You will be missed and never forgotten. .

Condolence from Andy on November 8th, 2010 10:14 pm

The world has lost a great man last night. I can not ever recall seeing Kevin with out a smile. The times in my life I have shared with Kevin his family and friends have kept alive the belief that God truly lives in th hearts and souls of mankind.

My prayers and condolences to Sue, his family, and his friends who all feel such pain and sorrow.

Condolence from Randy & Michelle Gendron on November 9th, 2010 8:58 am

Sue we are deeply saddend for you’re loss. I’m stunned for words. KK was a good guy a kind,gentle & caring person. He will never be forgotten in our minds & hearts.

Condolence from Lisa Lindstrom and Family on November 9th, 2010 9:04 am

Our condolences to Sue, friends and family of Kevin. May you be comforted to know that you will all be in the thoughts and prayers of so many that you have touched. Our sincere condolences at this time of mourning and remembrance.

Condolence from Bob and Dolores Kneeland on November 9th, 2010 9:37 am

Sue, there are no words to tell you how sad we feel. We loved KK like he was a brother. Please know that we are here for you whenever you need a shoulder to cry on or a cold beer to share.

Condolence from Jonathon and Carolyn Mason,Jessica and Kathryn Mason on November 9th, 2010 12:08 pm

Dear Sue, Ronnie, Linda, Lisa, Laurie and Sue,
Please accecpt our sincerest condolences.
Kevin was a wonderful man, a dear friend and cousin.
We enjoyed his company and his friendship.

All of our love and prayers go out to you all.
The Masons
Jon,Carolyn,Jessie, and Katie

Condolence from Debbie Musto on November 9th, 2010 12:55 pm

I was so sad when I heard the news of KK’s passing. We will miss him so much in the office. He was the sweetest guy – ALWAYS smiling! It won’t be the same without him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from JoAnne Lussier on November 9th, 2010 1:36 pm

Dear Sue,

I am so sorry for you loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, JoAnne

Condolence from Clinton J . Blake on November 9th, 2010 2:16 pm

Reading of Kevin`s passing is heart felt. I was lucky to work together with him for several years in the 80`s. He reintroduced me to the guitar during this period ! Still practicing and building,both still with thoughts of Kevin – Brother in Arms-

Condolence from Donnell Keele on November 9th, 2010 3:05 pm

my condolences to you Sue and to the family and many friends of KK

KK always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart. Gladly sharing the stage with friends and strangers alike. There was always a hootenanny when Kevin was in the house.
I know I speak for all fellow musicians when I say it was always an honor to jam with KK.
The notes of his soul song and love will forever play in our hearts.

A wonderful person.

Condolence from Kim Donovan on November 9th, 2010 5:19 pm

To you and all of Kevin’s family and friends, my sincere sympathy at the loss of someone that was so, so special! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this awfully hard time. KK was so special to so many people, and I don’t need to write that because we all already know it. He will be missed very, very much. God be with you and give you strength. Love, Kim

Condolence from Glenn “Drifty” & Donna Dumas on November 9th, 2010 5:49 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and frineds of KK. I just wanted to say that whenever I spent any time with KK, he always made me laugh. I can’t remember not having a good time with him. He will be missed.

Condolence from Judy Guarco on November 9th, 2010 5:56 pm

Sue, I just heard the news about the loss of your husband and my heart just aches for you. Please know that you’re in my prayers.
Judy Guarco

Condolence from Shannon and Arthur Gregoire on November 9th, 2010 6:29 pm

Sue and family,
We are so sorry to hear about K.K. He was such a great guy and musician. We will miss him much! You are always in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you know just how many people love and care about you. We wish we could be there to give you hugs.
Remember that we love you and we hope to see you soon.

Shannon and Arthur

Condolence from joann aldrich on November 9th, 2010 6:55 pm

Rest in peace, Kevin…

Condolence from Terri Bouten on November 9th, 2010 7:15 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Terri & Family

Condolence from Gino & Jackie DiBonaventura on November 9th, 2010 7:42 pm

Our hearts are heavy and prayers are with you Sue and all of K.K.’s family.
The world has lost a champion amongst men. If we can do anything please do not hesitate to ask

Love Gino & Jackie

Condolence from Gino & Jackie DiBonaventura on November 9th, 2010 7:51 pm

Our hearts are heavy and prayers are with you Sue and all of K.K.’s family.
The world has lost a champion amongst men. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to ask.

Love Gino & Jackie

Condolence from Tracy Hastings Graves on November 9th, 2010 8:19 pm

Sue, I am so very sorry to hear the sad news of your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Kevin’s family and friends! Hugs! Tracy

Condolence from Susan Calaman on November 9th, 2010 8:20 pm

To all of Kevin’s family:
Kevin was indeed an incredible human being. I can’t remember seeing him without a smile. Kevin was always genuinely himself, which is so refreshing. I always thought he would live to be a hundred, because his attitude was so full of life. We are all very blessed to have known him, and even though he’s gone from this world he will remain with us in so many ways.

Condolence from Bet Z on November 9th, 2010 10:03 pm

Dear Sue – My neighbor Karen Chapuis told me of your sudden loss. I am so very sad for you.

I am glad you chose Gilman & Valade – they made such a difference for me and my family when my husband died suddenly.


In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
In the opening of the buds and in the warmth of summer,
In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autumn,
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
When we are weary and in need of strength,
When we are lost and sick of heart,
When we have joys we yearn to share,
So long as we live, they too shall live,
For they are now a part of us, as
We remember them.
~Gates of Prayer, Reform Judaism Prayer Book

Bet Zimmerman

Condolence from Janet and Sean English on November 9th, 2010 10:21 pm

Sue, Our hearts are broken, A nicer guy we will never meet. He was a great friend and an even better person. He was and still is one of the best of the best! We will miss him deeply and our hearts go out to you. We both love you and please accept our deepest condolences. Love, Sean & Janet

Condolence from Dave Chaput on November 9th, 2010 11:06 pm

Dear Sue, Lorraine, Ronnie, Sue, Linda, Laurie and Lisa. I am so sorry for your loss. Kevin truly was a good friend and person and I have many fond memories of times spent with him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Condolence from Dawn M. Morin on November 10th, 2010 6:47 am

I am so truly sorry for your loss.
My heart breaks for you.
All I can do is offer up prayers that God sees you through this.

Dawn M. Morin

Condolence from Kathy (Ledoux) Pottle on November 10th, 2010 7:30 am

Aunt Lorraine and Family: So sorry to hear about your loss. My husband’s friend Mike was a good friend of Kevins and kept us informed about his love of music and life. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Love, Kathy

Condolence from Joe, Tracy, Harrison and Molly Schroder on November 10th, 2010 7:54 am

We were so sad to hear of your husband’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories you have with Kevin help you through the days ahead. We send our friendship and sincere sympathy to both you and your family.

Condolence from Richard Gaudette / Gordon Lasalle Music on November 10th, 2010 9:09 am

Dear Sue & Family,

Please accept our heart felt sympathy from myself and all of us here at Gordon Lasalle Music.


Condolence from Allen Woodward & Holly Roy on November 10th, 2010 9:15 am


Kevin was such a special person and friend to so many. His wit and personality, his love for music and people are some of the things we will remember. There are many memories that I have of Kevin that will stay with me forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of his family.

Condolence from Donna Mullen on November 10th, 2010 10:30 am

Sue, know that my thoughts are with you though I cannot be there. KK is one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever known and it was something you felt no matter how brief the contact with him. Here’s a little remembrance I’d like to share. He asked me this past spring if I had ever been up Dresser Hill, when I said no he gave me directions (because I’m not good at that) and told me I had to go. Well, I was there for 2 beautiful sunsets this summer with my daughters and every time I’m there now, I will surely be thinking of him. Love, Donna

Condolence from David (Tuzzy) Navarro on November 10th, 2010 11:20 am

My deepest sympathies go out to Sue, the entire Kilborn family and all of the friends. We have all lost someone who has touched our lives in a very special way. The memory of good times and good music will keep him In our thoughts forever. He will truly be missed by all.

Condolence from Rich and Kathy Kaczynski on November 10th, 2010 11:52 am

Kathy and I only met KK once at Sos’s Labor day party. We immediately liked him and had a nice conversation about music and recording. Then I got to play some music with him, Sos and the gang. He was supposed to come to my house with Sos for a jam this Sunday. Please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family. He was a special person who will be missed greatly.

Rich and Kathy

Condolence from James Donovan on November 10th, 2010 11:57 am

My deepest sympathy to KK’s wife Sue and both families and close friends. Keep on rockin my Brotha wherever you may be, Peace.

Condolence from Robert and Lynn Frink on November 10th, 2010 12:09 pm

Sue, you are in my thoughts, I have no words that will comfort you and I know that. They say that time does heal some of the pain and I know you don’t believe that right now but the day will come when you can look back at all the memories and smile. You may have lost Kevin but no one can take those memories away from you, they are yours to keep and cherish forever. We love you and I will be in touch soon Love, Lynn and Bob Frink

Condolence from Mike Casey on November 10th, 2010 12:21 pm


I was very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I’m sure you know that everyone at WES is grieving with you. Know that you are in my thoughts. The Frog Pond isn’t the same without you.

Mike Casey

Condolence from Shirley Allen-Gadbois on November 10th, 2010 12:55 pm

Dearest Sue, family and friends,
It’s an impossible thought that your Kevin could be gone. I am so,so sorry.
In all the years that I knew Kev, I never once heard him say a negative thing about anyone or anything. I’m sorry I’m not there to give you a hug and share some wonderful memories and God knows there will be alot. I will have a smile in my heart everytime I think of him.
He was greatly loved and he will be greatly missed.
Kevin Kilborn was truly a Gentle Man.
My thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of great sorrow.
Shirley Allen-Gadbois

Condolence from Russ on November 10th, 2010 12:59 pm

Sue, Lisa, Mrs. Kilborn and families:
I am so sorry for your loss. Whenever I think of Kevin it will be with a smile. He was a thoughtful, talented and peace loving man. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Donnell Keele on November 10th, 2010 1:26 pm

Heartfelt condolences to Sue, family and friends.
Kevin was a wonderful, talented friend to many. He always had a smile to give and a song in his heart for all.
I know I speak for all fellow musicians when I say it was always an honor and joy to jam with KK. Hootenanny for all when KK was in the house!
May we forever hear the notes of his love and feel the joy of his soul in the wind.

Thank you KK.

Condolence from Barbara and Sos on November 10th, 2010 1:54 pm

Sue, Our beloved Kevin? How can it be? Our hearts are breaking. We have been so blessed that we have been loved by Kevin for almost 30 years and you are the most blessed of all because he loved you like no other!. We love you Sue and are here for you. Rest in Peace, Dear Kevin! Love, Sos and Barbara

Condolence from Jane Smith-Ruta on November 10th, 2010 2:50 pm


I have been reading all the wonderful things people having been writing about KK and sitting here crying. You two were so perfect together, cut from the same cloth. KK was absolutely one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever known. His smile was golden. He will always be with you.

Chris and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Jane (Baynes) and Chris Ruta

Condolence from Debbie Britt Giovanni on November 10th, 2010 3:12 pm

Dear Sue, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Hold tight to your wonderful memories and be guided by the love in your heart to help you heal Love Debbie Britt Giovanni

Condolence from Dave “Hambone” Burdett on November 10th, 2010 3:45 pm


I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed playing music with KK so much over the years. Every time I blew into Putnam, I could always count on that terrific smile and a hug from the Big Guy. My condolences to you and KK’s family.

Condolence from Barbara and Sos on November 10th, 2010 4:23 pm

My E mail to kevin in heaven kk i know you will read this you will always continue to inspire me in my music and in my life i love you man sos

Condolence from Wayne Gasiorek on November 10th, 2010 8:31 pm

To All:
Please know that you are in our thoughts. I was lucky to have played some FUN gigs with Kevin. He was a talented musician, and always had the LOVE for music. He will be missed. When I think of Kevin, it will be with a smile and music in my mind.

Condolence from Russ Castello on November 10th, 2010 8:37 pm

Dear Sue, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Kevin was a nice person. I’ll always remember his smiling face and fun-loving disposition. I’m sure your friends, family and the community will keep his memory alive. All of us who have known Kevin should count our blessings as he enriched our lives in countless ways. You and Kevin are in my thoughts and prayers. Russ Castello

Condolence from Bean & Heather on November 11th, 2010 7:09 am

Dear Sue & all of KK’s family:
We are so deeply saddened by the passing of KK. He was the most gentle and kind hearted soul I have ever met. Time spent playing music with Kevin was a joy, and we feel truly blessed to have had him for a friend in our lives. As all others have said, you are all in our thoughts and prayers – more so than ever at this difficult and confusing time.
KK – thanks for it all. The friendship, the laughs, the talks, and….. the music. Keep it tuned, and play on, my friend.

Condolence from Warren Bachman on November 11th, 2010 8:34 am

great men leave a great impression on their survivors…there is no man greater than Kevin Kilborn…he set the bar for how we all would like to be perceived upon our passing….the love hovering over the quiet corner this week is powerful…so much love directed at such a wonderful man…you all should be so proud of how KK has touched so many….a hero in every sense of the word…peace be will all of you as you process through this….wb

Condolence from Donna (Chaput) Henley on November 11th, 2010 9:18 am

Dear Sue, Lorraine, Ron, Sue, Linda, Laurie, Lisa and your families,

I am so sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great guy and will be very missed. I will always have memories of Kevin and both our families growing up together and having so much fun . Time may have separated us physically over the years, but I will always have the happy memories of Kevin always smiling, and his sweet and gentle nature.

With deepest sympathy,

Donna and family

Condolence from Carole Ekholm on November 11th, 2010 6:10 pm

What a terrible thing. I love you. I pray that God will surround you with strength and comfort.
Those photos in the slideshow were so beautiful. It was such a tribute to his life to see all those people at the service today. Kevin was very special.

Condolence from Nicole McGarry on November 11th, 2010 6:13 pm

Sue, you are one of the kindest people in the world. I hope you are sincerely able to smile and laugh and love again. With the warmest wishes,
Love Nicole McGarry

Condolence from Diane Moylan-Cooke on November 11th, 2010 9:26 pm

Dear Sue,

I just heard about the loss of your husband, Kevin. Please know that we will keep you in our prayers. I pray that God will give you and your family the strength needed to cope with such a loss.
You are a wonderful soul, and I am sure that your husband is rewarded in Heaven for the joy he brought to so many, in so many ways. God bless you Sue.



Condolence from Mark Adamec on November 12th, 2010 9:38 am


We’re so sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark and Jan Adamec

Condolence from Roberta on November 12th, 2010 9:59 am

We were blessed with Kevin’s presence here on earth and now a gentle soul blesses Heaven

Condolence from Scott Temple on November 12th, 2010 3:48 pm

I just arrived back from a trip to hear the sad news. I have so many fond memories of Kevin, backpacking trips, concerts, and too many parties to remember them all. His ever present smile was contagious, and his talents were many. I both loved him and respected him for the person that he was. I will miss him, and I will forever be thankful for knowing him.

Condolence from Lisa (Kilborn) Durand on November 12th, 2010 4:42 pm

Thank you all for you beautiful words…My sister Linda described Kevin perfectly in two words…”A Gift”…He was truly a gift to anyone that had the pleasure of being a part of his life, no matter how great or small…He was in our lives to bring us joy and teach us how to love…These past 6 days have changed my life forever…seeing the out-pouring of love from sooooo many people for my brother Kevin has filled me with such pride and adoration…this has carried me thru and will continue to do so for the rest of my days…I will never forget you and the memories you have given to me, My Beloved Brother, Kevin…I will love you forever…

Condolence from Tim Borey on November 17th, 2010 4:04 pm

To Sue and all of K.K.’s special family & friends,
of which there were many.
My wife Joyce and I just heard the news of you tragic loss. We are both saddened deeply. I would like to send our condolences and share a poem given to me upon the loss of my Mom;

Merry Christmas from Heaven;

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share you hopes
and all of your cares
I’ll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don’t have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I’m still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don’t shed a tear
cause I’m spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year

He who believes will never die

Condolence from Debbie DeJesus on November 30th, 2010 4:51 am

My prayers go out to all the family. Kevin was a beautiful person who will live on for a long time in all of our thoughts and memories.

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