Kevin J. Wholley, 59: ‘House Dad’ for Teen Challenge, passion for helping others

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MANCHESTER, NH — Kevin J. Wholley, 59, of Manchester, passes away at Catholic Medical Center on January 6, 2018.

He was born in Haverhill, Mass., on September 3, 1958, the son of Edward and Patricia Wholley. He was a cook and active part of Teen Challenge where he was also considered the “House Dad.” He loved riding his motorcycle with friends. Kevin was passionate about helping people and he and his wife had taken dozens of mission trips to Mexico over the last 17 years.

Family members include his wife, Judy (Baker) Gilliam; his father of Haverhill, MA; three daughters, Sarah Wagner of Georgetown, MA, Chrisi Eicher and her husband Jeremy of Kingston, and Jocelyn Albert and her husband Tim of Kingston; two step-daughters who he raised and considered his own daughters, Kristi Luppold and her husband Matthew of Manchester, and Alyssa Bong and her husband Jonathan of FL, and another step-daughter, Theresa Banks and her husband Philip of Haverhill, MA; two step-sons, Carl Sylvester and his husband Alden of Northwood, and Charles Sylvester and his wife Diane of wife of Wilmington, MA; several grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Edward Wholley, Steven Wholley and Daniel Wholley, all of Haverhill, MA; and nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A gathering will take place at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester on Saturday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Urn burial will be later this spring. To view Kevin’s online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit