William McKeon

William P McKeon

Wednesday, August 9th, 1939 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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William Patrick McKeon was called home by a merciful God, from this life on May 3, 2020 at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts, after a valiant battle against Inclusion Body Myositis.
He was born in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 9th, 1939, the Son of John Anthony McKeon and Mildred Johnson McKeon. It was there, that he met, and fell in love with his childhood sweetheart, and wife of 60 years, Donna (Miceli) McKeon.
Bill Graduated from Rindge Tech, in Cambridge Massachusetts, where he excelled in baseball, Football and Track. He was accepted to Boston College, but chose to study the trade of his father, John at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston Massachusetts.
He humbly and proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army for 4 years.
He was an active and proud member of the Boston Pipefitter's Local 537 for 58 years.
He will be remembered by many in Arlington as an encouraging coach, good and unselfish friend, friendly, kind, and generous neighbor.
Bill leaves behind his loving devoted wife, and Best Friend, Donna McKeon, who remained steadfast by his side, loving and caring for him until death did them part.
He leaves his brokenhearted children, William Patrick McKeon, Jr., and his wife, Lisa, of Holbrook, Massachusetts. His Son, Warren Michael McKeon and his wife, Jane, of Westford, Massachusetts. His daughter, Lisa (McKeon) Finch and her husband Darren, of Northwood, New Hampshire.
Bill leaves the jewels in his crown, his beloved and devastated grandchildren, Zachary and John Rizzo of Northwood, New Hampshire. Kylie McKeon, and Brian Grady of Holbrook, Massachusetts. Ryan and Emily McKeon, of Westford, Massachusetts. Who all knew him as “Pa". Pa, who snuggled them on his recliner as toddlers, and sang them songs like “Pow Wow the Indian Boy” and “Tura Lura Lura". Who guided them through all their growing years with Patient listening, enthusiastic encouragement, practical advice, love and pride.
He also leaves his Great Grandson, named after him, William T. Rizzo of New Hampshire.
Bill leaves his Sister, and lifelong friend and confidant, Joan (McKeon) Miller of Tewksbury, Massachusetts
He had a brilliant mind, empathetic and loving heart, quick wit, talent for lively sarcasm, skill for problem solving, and gift for listening.
Bill was a dedicated, hard working man, who loved a good laugh, an old western, a nail biting NFL game, Fantasy Football with his 2 Sons, and the security and comfort that the company of family provides.
He was an adept golfer, and also an encyclopedia on most sports.
Bill could have earned a living as a Jeopardy contender. Watching that program with him made his entire family urge him to appear on the popular game show.
During his battle against IBM, he was often the one caring for his caregivers. Home Care Staff who visited left his home with praise, gratitude, encouragement, and advice.
His youngest Son described him as “a Warrior”. And as a direct descendant of The Blacksmith of Ballinalee, John Joseph McKeon, of County Longford, Ireland, he came by it honestly. His warrior spirit transcended to looking beyond his own lot at the end of his life, and instead concerning himself with with the success and happiness of others. Never complaining about his own restrictions, he instead focused his compassionate heart on encouraging those around him, and pointing out their value and potential.
Always humble, unselfish and practical, his only wish for himself was to rise from this life in the home where he watched his children grow, and be surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. God heard the prayers of a compassionate, good, and loving man, and in the twighlight hours of May 3, 2020, his prayers were answered.
It seems right to close with lyrics to “The Parting Glass", the hauntingly beautiful Irish song that he loved, “but since it falls into my lot, that I should rise, and you should not
I'll gently rise, and I’ll softly call
Goodnight and joy be with you all"
Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Bill, can make a donation in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Holly H Herring

Posted at 12:27pm
What a wonderful tribute to Bill. I wish he could have been a grandfather to my children. I knew Bill mostly through working with Donna at the Belmont Hill School. I was always so impressed at how Donna always spoke so highly of him. He seemed kind, gentle and very wise. I loved that he would suggest that Donna go with me to Building 19 for some shopping therapy. He knew what made Donna happy! I also enjoyed talking to him about my attempts to fire a propane gas pottery kiln. He was so smart!
I really was amazed at how he took his illness with such a positive attitude and did what he could at the time but managed to stay at home without complaining. I'm so sorry that during this time a proper gathering is hard to do, but it sounds like your car parade complete with a bag piper was filled with family, love and fun -just like it seems he lived his life. My condolences, Holly


Posted at 09:32am
Mrs. McKeon,Lisa,Warren and Billy. My sincerest condolences for your loss. A fine man and so friendly. Always waving as he drove by my house ,going up NEWPORT St. Great supporter of all sports, youth and at AHS. My dad Gerry would always have kind words ❤️ for him and his family.
Bob Bartholomew

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