Robert "Coach" Keegan

September 6, 1921 –  October 10, 2010 

North Woodstock, NH Robert “Coach” Keegan of Courtney Road died Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, NH. He was 89.

Born on September 6, 1921 in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of William and Loretta Keegan.

He was a graduate of St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in the Bronx and then graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy. During World War II, he served in the US Merchant Marines.

A longtime resident of Manhasset, Long Island, NY, he retired as Vice President of Sales from Perry Manufacturing Company in Mt. Airy, NC.

In retirement, he spent the winters in Highland Beach, FL. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, NH and St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Highland Beach, FL.

While at St. Lucy’s, he facilitated a number of fundraisers including golf tournaments and the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance. He also organized other golf tournament fundraisers including the annual “Black Fly” Golf Tournament in North Woodstock.

An avid golfer, he was very proud of the fact that he shot a hole-in-one on two separate occasions, one was at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Rotan, FL.

Family and friends were most important to him. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and often said that “Anyone that hates this life is crazy!”.

He was a long time supporter of the North Country Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NH.

He is survived by his wife Virginia Keegan of North Woodstock, NH

Daughters: Maureen Power and her husband Tom of Meredith, NH And Patty DeCesare and her husband Ken of Mountain View, CA

Brother Gene Keegan and his wife Ella of Bennington, VT

Grandchildren: Maura McCarthy, Colleen McCarthy, Brian McCarthy, Keegan Rice, Molly Rice, Danny DeCesare, and Diana DeCesare.

Son-in-law Scott Rice and his wife Peggy of North Woodstock, NH

In addition to many nieces and nephews, he is also survived by four stepdaughters, Mary Ann Colclough, Clare Fischer, Patricia Esposito, Eileen Cambria and their families.

He is pre-deceased by his first wife Eileen (Hynes) Keegan, daughters Kathy Keegan Cummings and Eileen Rice, and a sister Helen Keegan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on October 14 at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, NH. Interment will be at the Woodstock Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 6-8pm Wednesday, October 13 at Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main St., North Woodstock, NH.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Eileen Rice Community Fund Box 118 No Woodstock NH 03262 or North Country Center for the Arts, Box 1060 Lincoln, NH, 03251

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