Johnny Kilbane’s mother died when he was 3 years old and his father went blind when he was 6. He attended school until the sixth grade when he dropped out to help support his family as a laborer.
Kilbane’s first professional fight was in 1907, for which he earned $25. Although Kilbane received $75,000 for his last fight, he was almost broke by the time of the Depression. He worked for Cleveland Public Schools as a physical education instructor in 1934-35, but by the 1940s served in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives.
Johnny Kilbane lived at 7413 Herman Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio at the time he won the world featherweight boxing championship in 1912.
Final Resting Place:
10000 Miles Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44105
Grave Location:Section 9, Lot 333, Grave 5
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery stay to the right and drive past the offices on your right. Continue straight for a short distance and turn left at the intersection of Sections 8 and 9. Drive up to the end of the one-story maintenance and engineering building. On your right is Section 9. Walk up 8 rows from the road and look of the distinctive monument which is partially hidden behind a large tree. Here is the final resting place of boxing champion Johnny Kilbane.