Paul Killinger

  • Born: September 25, 1949
  • Died: May 24, 2019
  • Location: Kingston, Massachusetts

Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
Tel. (781) 878-1775

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul Killinger, 69, of Kingston died on May 24, 2019. Born to the late James B and Geraldine (Mullen) Killinger. He was raised and educated in Rockland, graduating from Rockland High School in 1968.

Paul was a football guy who loved the game. He loved his friends and players, but he loved his family beyond measure. Paul married Jane Cullinan, his junior high and high school sweetheart 49 years ago. Paul is survived by his beloved wife Jane, his daughter Jenny and her husband Mike Cina of Kingston and his daughter Katie and her husband Vin or Old Tappan, NJ. Paul was Papa to Maddie Cina (10), Mikey Cina (8), Julianna D'Angelis (8), Louie D'Angelis (6), and Avery D'Angelis (4 months). He is also survived by his brother James F. Killinger and his wife, Janet and his brother Robert N. Killinger and wife Jan all of Rockland. Also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly and Carrie, Matt, and Erin Rodman whom he loved dearly. And yes, Brian, Jim, Mike, Matt, Peter, Ralph, Ron, Steve, Tim, Tom, and Zano you are all his best friend!

Paul graduated from Rockland High School in 1968 where he was a multiple sport star, but football was his sport. His accomplishments at Rockland included starting as a freshman and being selected in his sophomore year, 1965, as a League All-Star running back. In 1966 and 1967, Paul was selected as an All Scholastic for the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger and Brockton Enterprise. After high school, Coach Killinger served in the armed services for two years before returning to the states to continue his education and football career at New Mexico Highlands. Shortly thereafter, Coach Killinger returned to MAssachusetts to play three years, 1972 to 1975, for Boston STate College as a strong safety, helping lead his team to three consecutive league championships.

After college, Coach Killinger continued to play football and started his real coaching career. From 1976 to 1980, he played for the Randolph Oilers semi-pro team and coached the defensive backs. Coach Killinger moved on to play and coach from 1981 to 1984 for the Middleboro Cobras. Since the age of 8, Coach Killinger has played or coached football with the exception of one year, 1985. After having Coach at home for that year, Jane, his wife knew he needed to get back to his passion and convinced Paul to return to the Randolph Oilers. Paul returned to the Oilers in 1986 leaving in 1996, after serving as defensive coordinator for 7 years and head coach for 3 years.

Coach Killinger started his high school coaching career in 1993 as Hingham's defensive coordinator. He became Hingham's head coach in 1996 and served as head coach until 2014. Paul went on to coach three years in Weymouth and last year had the opportunity to work with his nephew, Mark Killinger, head coach of Norwell High School football. He loved his year in Norwell.

Paul worked as a sporting goods salesman for Colmans in Canton, A.C. Grady's in Brockton, and for the past twenty years at Beacon Sporting Goods in Quincy.

The Killinger Family invites friends and loved ones to celebrate his life on Thursday, May 30 from 5:00-8:00 PM in The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St. Rockland MA 02370. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday May 31, at 9:00 AM in The Holy Family Church in Rockland. Burial will follow in The Holy Family Cemetery in Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul Killinger Memorial Football Scholarship

℅ James Golden
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Coastal Heritage Bank
50 Patriot Parkway
South Weymouth, MA 02190

The scholarship will be awarded to football players from Rockland, Hingham, and/or Norwell who demonstrate the character and passion for football, Paul Killinger exemplified throughout his life.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To all the family very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to cover some of Paul's football games and his many camps. It was an honor to know him, a great loss.
Ed McVeigh Athletic Trainer Hingham HS

Posted by Edward McVeigh - Rockland, MA - Friend   June 06, 2019

My condolences to the Killinger Family. I had the privilege to play for Coach Killinger his first few years at Hingham High. He was a great coach, teacher and person and I know he will be missed by anyone that has the pleasure of knowing him.

Posted by Drew Colantonio - Cornelius, NC - Student   June 05, 2019

I am so very sorry Jane and family to hear of Paul...I truly know how hard it thoughts and Heart is with you all..

Posted by Connie Dressler - MA - Classmate   June 05, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the whole Killinger family for a loss so large.

Posted by Hugh Whiting Jr. - MA - Family Friend   June 02, 2019

Dear Jane & Family, this is really sad news, I consider Paul a close friend and he was an outstanding coach with great deal of success. He related very well to his players receiving standing ovations at his Banquets, he will really be missed; he is an excellent coach and person with a heart of gold. Paul is certainly among the very best coaches in Hingham High School history.
Bill Barges
Former Director of Athletics at Hingham HS

Posted by William Barges - Duxbury, MA - Friend   May 31, 2019

Dear Jane, Jenny, Katie and Killinger Family,
I was deeply saddened to to hear of the loss of such a fine man, Mr. Paul Killinger. I was blessed to have known him, and know that he is with our Lord in Heaven as he has made such a positive and lasting impression on everyone who ever knew him. All of my Love, Thoughts and Prayers are with you during this very sad time. May God Bless You all
Jim Bowen (WPD Retired)

Posted by A friend   May 31, 2019

Dear Jane and Family, The many happy football years that my late husband Coach Bob Teahan and Paul shared gave them a special bond. They both loved the challenge of the game and the positive influence team membership under a caring coach provided young men. I enjoyed those times with Paul and you, and I am so very sorry for your loss. With love, Kathy Teahan

Posted by Kathy Teahan - Harwich Port, MA - Friend   May 30, 2019

Dear Bob and family,
I am sorry to hear about Paul's death. What a wonderful legacy he has left his friends, family and sports world. A baby brother who you will surely miss. Peace Kathy McEnelly Gramling

Posted by Kathy gramling - Mashpee, MA - Family Friend   May 30, 2019

The video was a great tribute to your life! We will always remember the times we have shared; high school basketball, college football, skiing, Oilers and Cobras. Thanks for the great memories! You have touched so many lives in a positive way. You will be missed. Dennis and Ellen Green

Posted by Dennis Green - East Sandwich, MA - Friend   May 30, 2019

Jane and Family
So sorry for your loss

Posted by Donna Perry - Saco, ME - Classmate   May 29, 2019

RIP Coach. You were a great man. You touched the lives of so many. God bless.... Randolph oilers 1990-1994

Posted by Bob Burr - Franklin, MA   May 29, 2019

My condolences to Paul's entire family and friends as well as his football family, Paul was truly a sincere and all around nice guy, one one of the best . I was fortunate enough to know him and play with him at Boston State College, Paul may you R.I.P.

Posted by Marty Doto - MELROSE, MA - Friend   May 29, 2019

Dear Jane and family,

I am very sorry to hear of Coach Paul Killinger's passing. I remember him when he coached at Hingham High while I videotaped games from 2008 onward. Coach Killinger was a very kind coach and kind gentlemen. He was quite the coaching legend with over 100 career wins. Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Take care and God Bless you all.

Shaun Galvin

Posted by Shaun Galvin - Hingham, MA   May 29, 2019

A loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Posted by Howie Bryer - Plymouth, MA - Friend   May 29, 2019

Paul was one of the finest men and coaches I have ever worked with. What a vibrant personality. He will be missed by all of us who coached with him.

Steve Kingman, Plymouth, Ma.

Posted by Steve Kingman - Plymouth, MA - Coworker   May 29, 2019

RIP Coach and classmate

Posted by Barry Ashton - Rockland, MA - Classmate   May 28, 2019

60 years, you have made me part of your family. The love I have for both of you can never be stated in words. Paul, Thank you for everything.

Posted by Zano - Brockton, MA - Family   May 28, 2019

I haven't seen Paul since high school but this tribute video made me feel like I have know him all these years. A great look into what looks like a great family man with a great family, I sure he will be missed. Until I see you , rest in peace from 66 to 75

Posted by Skip Courville - Palm Coast, FL - Classmate   May 28, 2019

My sincere condolences to Jane and the entire Killinger Family. Paul was a great athlete, a great coach and most of all a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Rena Shea - Kingston, MA   May 28, 2019

Dear Jane & family,
A profound loss, so unexpected it takes the air out of the room. The video tribute a testament to a life well lived, well loved. Such memories. With love & sorrow,
Ruthie Perchard

Posted by Ruth Perchard - Houston, TX - Family   May 28, 2019

Jane and Family, I had the great privilege to be there at the beginning. I witnessed the growth and development of a fine athlete and more importantly a fine man. His love for football was only exceeded by his love for the athletes he coached. Although he had impact on many levels, he was truly a Rockland Bulldog and never forgot where it all started and the people who helped him along the way. I shall miss his many kindnesses to me and the respect he had for Rockland High School. I told him often that the best decision he ever made was to marry Jane. Needless to say, he whole heartedly agreed.May GOD bless Jane and family.

Posted by Scott MacKinlay - Rockland, MA - Friend   May 28, 2019

What a wonderful video of a fantastic person who touched the hearts of so many! So sorry the loss of such an incredible person!

Posted by Alfred Hibler - Duxbury, MA - Family Friend   May 28, 2019

So, so sorry for your loss. Paul was a great classmate, leader, and football player. The world lost a great man, father, and husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Tom & Debbie Foresta - Rockland, MA - Friend   May 27, 2019

Jane, and family, so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Daniel and Ann Crockett - Rockland, MA - Friend   May 27, 2019

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