Dr. Joseph Kyrillos, a respected and beloved pediatrician in Middletown, passed away this morning. He was 89 and would have celebrated his 90th birthday in eight days.
Dr. Kyrillos was the father of Joseph Kyrillos, Jr., who spent thirty years in the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly before retiring this year. He was a constant presence in his son’s campaigns.
It was the gravitas of Dr. Kyrillos in Middletown that helped spark his son’s political career in 1987. Assemblyman Joseph Azzolina (R-Middletown) was going to run for the State Senate and Republicans needed a Middletown candidate for the Assembly ticket.
With local Republicans feuding, the party turned to Dr. Kyrillos’ son, a 27-year-old aide to the U. S. Secretary of the Interior who entered the race with an esteemed local name in Middletown.
“Dr. Kyrillos was a loving family man and a compassionate pediatrician,” said Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. “Our hearts go out to the many who are mourning his passing today.”
In addition to his son, Dr. Kyrillos is survived by his wife, Margo, two sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services have not yet been announced.