Brian E. Kilty, corporate executive

Brian E.Kilty
Brian E.Kilty
Posted: June 11, 2011

Brian E. Kilty, 52, of Downingtown, a corporate executive, died of a heart attack Tuesday, June 7, while biking with business colleagues in Croatia.

Mr. Kilty was chief financial officer and treasurer of Whitford Corp. The international firm, headquartered in Elverson, manufactures high-performance coatings in plants in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Europe, India, China, and Singapore. Its corrosive-resistant and nonstick coatings are used on cookware and in industry.

Since joining the firm in 1996, Mr. Kilty had been involved in acquisitions of other coating manufacturers for Whitford and often traveled abroad on business.

The company issued a statement after his death:

"Brian has been one of the key people in the significant success Whitford has enjoyed over the past 15 years. His financial acumen and sound business sense were crucial to much of what has taken us all to where we are today. In addition, his love of life, infectious good humor, and positive attitude helped lift the spirits of those with whom he worked."

Mr. Kilty grew up in Narberth and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa., where he met his future wife, Mary Ann Rodgers.

After graduating, he was an accountant for firms in Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

While helping to raise his three children, he was treasurer of the Downingtown West High School soccer team and coached youth teams for the Spirit United Soccer Club in Downingtown. He was a fan of Philadelphia sports teams and University of North Carolina basketball.

He enjoyed biking and spending time with his family at their summer home in Ocean City.

In addition to his wife of 26 years, Mr. Kilty is survived by a daughter Caitilin; sons Peter and Stephen; his mother, Mary Pat Kilty; and three sisters.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, June 13, at Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, and from 8:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, at St. Elizabeth Church, 120 St. Elizabeth Dr., Chester Springs.


Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.

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