Obituary of Richard E. O'Keefe
Richard Edward O’Keefe, 92, of Rye, New York, passed away on May 18, 2019 in Valhalla, NY.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at Church of the Resurrection, Rye on Wednesday, May 22 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held at John J. Fox Funeral Home, Larchmont, on Tuesday, May 21 from 4 to 8 PM. Interment will be private.
Richard was born in Harrison, New York to Dennis and Marie (White) O’Keefe on August 3, 1926. He attended Harrison High School and graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1948.
He worked as an Insurance Executive for CNA Insurance for many years. He was a lifelong athlete and played football for Harrison High and Holy Cross College on an athletic scholarship. He was an avid tennis player who formed the Sound Shore Tennis League. He was an Eagle Scout and was an adult leader for Troop 5 in Larchmont. He was a long-time member at the Larchmont Shore Club.
He served in the Army Air Corp in World War II.
Richard is survived by his wife Sarah; seven children Terence (Judy Chananie) of Larchmont; Kathleen (John) Nicholas of Rye; Mary (Andy) Young of White Plains; Nora of Taos, N M; Brendan (Peree) of Scarsdale, Shane (Lisa) of Walpole, NH, and Daniel of Bedford, NY; sisters-in-law Joan O’Keefe and Yvonne O’Keefe fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his brothers John, William, Robert, Donald, Daniel and sisters Katherine Garwick and Barbara Pumphrey.
Richard was a quintessential family man and was truly loved by all.
Beloved "Uncle Snaps" to many nieces, nephews and countless friends he will always be remembered for his devotion to family, his faith and his love for his country.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the College of the Holy Cross Athletic Fund, One College Square, Worcester, MA.
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