Francis Edward "Frank" O'Keefe, 78, Lacomb Rd., Norfolk, passed away Tuesday morning at his son's residence where he was under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County and his family.
Frank was born in Jersey City, NJ, February 19, 1934, a son to Raymond D. & Grace Flannery O'Keefe. He graduated from St. Michaels High School, NJ, on June 18, 1953. Following graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army, earning the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal with the 67th Med Det, and 67th Tank Battalion. He also earned credit as a Korean War Veteran.
Following his honorable discharge, Frank was employed by Public Service Electric and Gas, Secaucus, NJ as a foreman for 30 years. He also was a volunteer fireman with Hose Company #1 for 14 years, and attained the rank of Captain. He later moved to Massena, NY where he accepted a job as a General Foreman with Massena Electric. Frank was one of its first employees, and assisted in the establishment of the new utility company.
Frank retired in 1995 and moved to Murrells Inlet SC, a favorite vacation spot of his through the years. He enjoyed many years of sunshine and ocean, but decided to move back home in 2004 to spend time with his family in Norfolk, NY.
He enjoyed watching the New York Giants and fishing.
Francis is survived by his wife: Jacqueline Grant O'Keefe, Norfolk; his children: Francis G. O'Keefe, Norfolk, William G. (Brenda L.) O'Keefe, Watertown, Susan I. (Edward F.) Shyne, Cicero, Kimberly G. (John) McCarthy, Norfolk; his grandchildren: Amanda O'Keefe, William O'Keefe, Ross O'Keefe, Jimmy Shyne, Megan McCarthy, Emily McCarthy; and his siblings: Loretta O'Loughlin, Metuchin, NJ, Betty Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia, PA, Edna O'Keefe, South Brunswick, NJ, Raymond O'Keefe, Charlotte, NC.
In accordance with Frank's wishes there are no public services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Jefferson County Hospice, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.
Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Watertown, NY
Funeral Homes Listings
Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Carthage
Calarco, D.L. Funeral Home, Watertown
Costello Funeral Service, Alexandria Bay
Cummings Funeral Service
Frederick Bros Funeral Home, Theresa
Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, Watertown
Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter
Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown
Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown
Cleveland Funeral Home,,Cape Vincent
Becker-Cleveland Funeral Home, Chaumont
Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage
T.R. Jetty Funeral Home, Clayton
Piddock Funeral Home, Adams
Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan
Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville
Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan
Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville
Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville
St. Lawrence County
IslandView Funeral Services, Morristown
Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop
Buck Funeral Home, Norwood
Fox-McLellan Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
French Funeral Home, Gouverneur
Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur
LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg
Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton
O'Leary Funeral Home, Canton
Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, De Kalb Junction
French Funeral Home Inc., Gouverneur
French Funeral Home Inc., Edwards
French Funeral Home Inc., Star Lake