The Greater New York Councils Mourns the Loss of Bronx Council President Emeritus Joseph P. Kelleher

The Greater New York Councils mourn the loss of Bronx Council President Emeritus, Joseph P. Kelleher. A champion of Scouting and a lifetime advocate for The Bronx, President Kelleher had an incredible impact on Scouting in the borough.

Throughout both his professional career and Scouting career Joseph served as a leader and mentor; he left a lasting positive impact on all those he encountered. An experienced business executive, real estate developer, and philanthropist, Kelleher served as Chairman of The Bronx Chamber of Commerce and sought to give back to young people in the community through his support for Scouting programs. 

Among his many contributions to Bronx Scouting, as President Kelleher led fundraising efforts with the annual Bronx Scouting Dinner, grew the Board of Directors for Bronx Scouting, and secured meeting space at Hutchinson Metro Center which would serve as the de facto headquarters for the Bronx River District.

President Kelleher was a decorated Scouter including being a Silver Beaver recipient- which is presented to recognize registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council. In 2019 President Kelleher was honored at the annual Bronx Golf Outing, an event that raises funds for Scouting Programs in the Bronx and brings together community leaders from the borough. He is pictured here (left) along with Greg Clancy, his successor, and Lenny Caro, Bronx Council Vice President.  Earlier this fall at The Bronx Chamber of Commerce Gala his family was presented with the James E. West Award to recognize and ensure his lasting contributions to Bronx Scouting.

We are deeply grateful for all of President Kelleher’s Contributions to Scouting in The Bronx and Throughout the entirety of the Greater New York Councils. The Bronx Chamber of Commerce has invited the public to submit photos for their memorial. Viewing and Funeral service details are attached below. For further information, contact