Killmurray was most active in the 2005 Library building expansion and renovation and its capital campaign. He worked closely on the project with former Library Foundation President Arthur Roedel Jr. At the time, Killmurray was both a Library Board Member and Township Councilman.
“He had total dedication,” Carbone recalled, remembering Killmurray’s countless hours of mentoring and advice. “He was committed to moving the Library forward; while helping the whole town and making it the best that it could be.”
Make no mistake, Killmurray also enjoyed the Library for the simple pleasure of reading. Assistant Director Judy Pietrobono remembered his love of Irish mystery books. She always made sure to purchase some for our collection with him in mind.
“I’m so happy the building is named after him. I still miss him a lot,” said Pietrobono. “He was such a good man and a tireless library advocate.”
Killmurray was an active Hibernian and devotee of all things related to his Irish heritage. Every St. Patrick’s Day the staff of SBPL could count on a special delivery by him of Irish soda bread. He would bring enough loaves for staff working on both floors.
Somehow he made each of the many people and projects in his life feel like they were his first priority.
Killmurray was a Library Board member for 18 years up until his passing, including a term as board president. He could always be counted on to attend fundraising events to support the efforts of his fellow Trustees and the Library administration.
“He saw what the Library could do for his kids and the community,” recalled former SBPL Director Lorraine Jackson. Ms. Jackson credits Killmurray enthusiasm for “waking up” many to the benefits of a well-supported library.
“He brought together a lot of people from the church and the township. He was a terrific guy.”