Kelly A. Timilty, a long-time member of the Governor’s Council, died early today.
Timilty has been on the panel representing District 2 for 18 years, said George Cronin, secretary for the Governor’s Council.
Kelly A. Timilty (2011 Boston Globe photo)
He said Timilty died around 2:30 a.m., but he had no details on the cause of death. She was 49 years old and lived in Roslindale.
“She was a tireless campaigner and seemed unbeatable on Election Day,’’ Cronin said.
He said Timilty served under five governors since winning election to the Council in 1994. The governors, he said, considered her “both a friend and a valuable ally.’’
Timilty was a 1986 graduate of the University of Maryland and worked on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., in the office of the late US Rep. Joe Moakley of South Boston.
Funeral service information was not immediately available.
In a telephone interview, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey – who represented Quincy on Beacon Hill for decades — said Timilty had been ill recently, although he was not sure what the diagnosis was.
“Kelly had a pretty distinguished career in public service,’’ Morrissey said. “She had some good battles on the council, I am sure. But I always found her accessible and easy to talk to.’’
He added, “Kelly always treated people well. She was always a fair and reasonable person to deal with.’’
Kelly Timilty was the youngest child of Joseph F. Timilty, the former state senator and Boston city councilor who challenged then-Mayor Kevin White, and lost.
In the 2008 election, Kelly Timilty falsely claimed she had been endorsed by Governor Deval Patrick in campaign literature. She was fined $8,000 for violating state campaign finance laws.
In a joint statement released this afternoon, Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray praised Timilty and offered their condolences to the sprawling Timilty family.
“Kelly was a kind and friendly person who loved public service and was an effective voice for her constituents on the Governor’s Council,’’ Patrick said in a statement. “She will be sorely missed by those who worked with her over her many years of dedicated service.’’
Murray, who had the most contact with Timility because he serves as chairman of the council during meetings, said Timilty “will be remembered for her good work and commitment to public service. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.’’
Under Article 25 of the amendments to the state’s constitution, Timilty’s successor will be determined by a vote of the House and Senate, which will choose “some eligible person’’ to fill out her term, which expires this fall. Under the constitution, the governor also has the power to appoint Timilty’s successor, if the Legislature is not in session.