Paul A. Keefe, 79, died unexpectedly, Saturday, December 27, 2008. He was the husband of Maryanne (Fitzsimmons) Keefe with whom he celebrated their Fifty Second Wedding Anniversary this past May.
A son of the late James E. and the late Emily J. (Kerwin) Keefe, he was born August 31, 1929, and was educated in the local schools attending St. Peter’s Grammar School and graduating from Lowell High School.
Mr. Keefe served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, serving on a flight crew. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Lowell, and worked as a letter carrier for the United States Post Office for over thirty years, always delivering mail along the same Belvidere route until his retirement. He also worked part time as a security guard for the Internal Revenue Service in Andover, and for many years assisted with funerals at the McDonough Funeral Home.
He grew up in the Flats section of the City, and currently made his home in Belvidere where he was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church. Well known throughout the Lowell area, he was a member of Long Meadow Golf Club, the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars Post 662, Walker Rogers, the Disabled American Veterans, the Lowell Lodge of Elks, B.P.O.E. #87, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Disabled Veterans of the U.S.A.F, and the National Association of Letter Carriers.
He loved spending time with his family, especially his two grand daughters, as well as spending time with his ‘family of friends’ at Long Meadow Golf Club. Mr. Keefe was an avid sports fan and remained close to his team mates from his days as a football player at Lowell High School, as well as with Coach Riddick. He also played collegiate football for the University of Georgia and golfed as a hobby.
Besides his wife, Maryanne, he is survived by two daughters, Sharon Keefe of Lowell and Kim Keefe and her companion, John Dixon, of Lowell; his grand daughters, Emma Brooks and Molly Brooks both of Lowell and his son in law, William Brooks of Lowell; his brother, James Keefe and his wife, Barbara, of Tewksbury; a brother in law, James Fitzsimmons and his wife, Theresa, of Lowell; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was also the father of the late Kelly Brooks, and brother of the late Arthur W Keefe Jr., and the late Virginia M. Keefe.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 3 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON TUESDAY.
ON WEDNESDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 10:30 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816.
HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH AT 11:30 A.M.. Church address for directions 150 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852
BURIAL IN ST. MARY’S CEMETERY.
MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME TO LONGMEADOW SCHOLARSHIP FUND, 165 HAVILAH ST., LOWELL MA 01852 OR SAINTS MEDICAL CTR, PULMONARY REHAB., 1 HOSPITAL DR., LOWELL MA 01852.