Reverend Anthony Keeffe

Reverend Anthony J. Keeffe

Saturday, April 1st, 1933 - Friday, February 26th, 2021
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Reverend Anthony J. Keeffe
February 26, 2021
Reverend Anthony J. Keeffe, 87, of Syracuse passed away peacefully on Friday. He was a native and life resident of Syracuse. Father Anthony was a 1951 Graduate of Assumption High School, He proudly served in the Army from 1953 – 1955 and then attended LeMoyne College and Christ the King where he began his journey to the priesthood. He was ordained on May 18,1963. Father Anthony was an Associate Pastor of various churches in the Syracuse Area from 1963- 1981. His first assignment as Pastor began at St. John Evangelist in Pulaski from 1983-1993; then, he was assigned as Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini in Lacona from 1993 –1995, Pastor of St. Anne/St Patrick in Parish/ Williamstown from 1995 –2003 before retiring in 2003. Father Anthony was predeceased by his brothers, Francis J. in 1969 and Joey; his sister, Mary in 1973. Survivors include his loving sisters, Joan B. Keeffe, and Ann LaMirande; his nieces, Amy LaMirande, Peggy Megrdichian and Leann Bulner; his nephews, Mark LaMirande and Gary Lucia. Calling hours will be Thursday 9 to 10am at Saint Lucy’s Church 432 Gifford Street Syracuse, New York 13204. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following calling hours at 10:00 am. Burial will be in the Spring at Unity Acres Cemetery in Orwell, New York. Contributions may be made in Father Anthony’s honor to Unity Acres 2290 County Rte 2, Orwell, N.Y 13426. To stream and participate in the Funeral Mass: Meeting ID:84372928961 Passcode:13204
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 4th, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, March 4th, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. Lucy's Church
    432 Gifford Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13204
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 4th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, March 4th, 2021 10:00am
    St. Lucy's Church
    432 Gifford Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13204-3204
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  • Interment

    Unity Acres Cemetery
    2290 County Route 2
    ORWELL, NY 13426
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John P Brown

Posted at 03:21am
Joan, Ann & family: My brother and I were about eleven and twelve years old when Father Keeffe came to Our Lady of Solace. Our mother had serious chronic health issues and our family was struggling. The Monsignor was a stern old man and didn't acknowledge our family at all. Father Keefe was the direct opposite. He got to know my family and he was very kind to me and my brother. We loved basketball and he let us use the gym whenever we wanted. It kept us off the streets and out of trouble. He would ask how our mother was and showed genuine interest. HIs sincere interest and kindness touched our hearts and made us feel that someone cared. I've never forgotten him and what a nice person and great priest he was. I am sorry for your loss and I will keep him and all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless Father Keeffe. My sincere condolences. John Brown

Mary Jo Redmond White

Posted at 09:31am
Mary Jo Redmond White

Father Keefe, was a priest at Our Lady of Solace when, I went to school there. I once again ran across him when he was a pastor up in Pulaski. I had been camping up that way and stopped there to go to mass. He recognized me as being John and Mary Redmond's daughter. Then again, I had seen him at All Saints Parish in Syracuse. He was a kind soul, with a great sense of humor. I will miss him but, no doubt he is in heaven now. I am very grateful to have known him.

Sally Sessler

Posted at 02:22pm
Father Tony was a dear friend of our family. He was so good to us at my sister's passing and celebrated her funeral Mass. He was a humble man and so dedicated. Our sympathy to Joan and Ann. He is truly with the angels in paradise. God bless you.

Joanna Hoyt

Posted at 10:41am
We're thinking of and praying for Father Tony's family, and we're grateful for his life.

Twenty years ago my Quaker family moved to the Catholic Worker community St. Francis Farm, and Father Tony helped us to learn the farm's history, to make connections with neighbors, and also to understand Catholic terms and traditions better. When we were dealing with folks in distress we could always turn to him for prayers and thoughtful advice, and sometimes he came up to listen and counsel people himself. His generous spirit, his courage, his open heart and mind, were delights and inspirations. We also delighted in his amateur enthusiasm for gardening and his lively Johnny Cash imitations. We'll miss him.

Le Moyne College

Posted at 08:48am
Please accept the most heartfelt sympathies of Le Moyne College. We hope the love and memories you will forever hold in your heart bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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