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John M. Taylor Funeral Home

147 Duke Of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD

OBITUARIO

Patrick Gordon O'Keefe

19 octubre , 19266 junio , 2019

Capt. Patrick Gordon O’Keefe set sail on his final and greatest voyage on June 6, 2019 at Annapolis, Maryland. He was born the second child of Judge Arthur J. O’Keefe, Jr. and Eleonora “Noni” Gordon O’Keefe on October 19, 1926 in New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High and briefly attended Notre Dame University and Tulane University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy from the Fleet by competitive examination in 1945. He graduated and was commissioned in the Class of 1949. Upon graduation he married Patricia Mary Carlin of New Orleans (Deceased), his lifelong love. Together they had five children, Patrick (Mirna), Timothy (Marcia), Sean (Laura), Kathleen (Joe Tynan) and Shannon. He will also be missed by ten grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, several great grandchildren, and his sole surviving sibling, Michael H. O’Keefe of New Orleans.

He defended his country for 25 years as an active duty Naval Officer in the submarine service, the “Silent Service,” and was a decorated veteran. He retired from active duty in 1974 following his final command tour as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Groton, Connecticut. In later civilian life, he was Executive Vice-President of Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine where he supervised the construction of 25 ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyers and 3 TICONDEROGA class cruisers. In final retirement, he maintained his ever-active mind by attending Bowdoin College in Maine, studying German literature and astrophysics.

He was a devoted husband and father whose kindly, sage advice and dry wit will be sorely missed by all his progeny whose company he so enjoyed. He lived the motto of his graduating class at Annapolis, “Non Sibi Sed Patria” (not for myself but for my country). He loved his God, his country, and his family. He passed away on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, what would have been his 70th wedding anniversary, and his youngest child’s birthday. How typically precise of him.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Ginger Cove for keeping him comfortable until the end.

A funeral and interment at Arlington National Cemetery beside the wife he adored will follow at a later date.

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Bettye Jones

24 junio , 2019

To the O'Keefe Family. I had not had the pleasure to meet Captain O'Keefe but I would like to extend my family's condolence. By all of the greetings he was a well-loved gentleman. Rest in peace dear Captain.

Carol (Palkovic) Christie

16 junio , 2019

Uncle Pat. You made use feel like one of your own. Military family bond is strong. You live in my heart. ♥️ Aloha

Ellen Parker

14 junio , 2019

My husband, Jeffrey, and I had the pleasure of working with Pat at BIW. He was one of the nicest men, a true gentleman. He has left this world a better place.

Rebecca Hushing

14 junio , 2019

Dear O'Keefe Family,

So sorry to hear about Captain O'Keefe's death. My dad RADM William C. Hushing thought the world of him. He and Mrs. O'Keefe were always very kind to us when we shared Bath as a hometown. I have many fond memories of playing with the kids at PNSY. He was the kind of Navy officer who made the world safer—he will be missed. Perhaps our parents can sail on together at Arlington. Sincere condolences to you all. Rebecca Hushing & family

Jonathan OKeefe

14 junio , 2019

Pop Pop was a Great Man. He exemplified everything to which I could hope to be. I recognize I was absent many times during the latter part of his life and his passing has made me sorry for that. But I hold onto all of the memories I have of him up in the house in Maine. I remember building things with him in The Workshop and the one time he let me drive his Cadillac up and down the long driveway. He always treated me, as all of you have, as if I were his own flesh and blood. During some of my most difficult days I would receive letters from him sharing his sympathies and wishing me the best. He never turned his back on me or looked at me with judgment (although sometimes he would question my choice of wardrobe lol). He was always trying to inspire and motivate me, he consistently asked me about my "5 Year Plan". I will always love Pop Pop for his kindness and sincerity. I hope he is reunited with Granny and rests in peace. I hope he looks down on me one day and says, "I'm proud of you, Johnny!"

Sue Virgil

14 junio , 2019

To the entire O'Keefe Family, We are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle and very dear mentor to so many.
Keep all those great memories close to your heart and he will always be with you.
Sue and Warren Virgil

David Sheldon

14 junio , 2019

Prayers and condolences for you, Shannon, and your family. David and Anne

Edy Semaan

13 junio , 2019

Dear Prof. O'Keefe and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace! Great men like him are an exemplar of devotion, discipline, and determination. You and your family are in my heart and mind. I offer you all and him my thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes.

My Sincerest Condolences,
Edy

Charles Horner

12 junio , 2019

Sean

My sincere condolences on your family's loss. I know how proud you must be of his many accomplishments. Your father was definitely part of the greatest generation.

Charles and Mary Kathryn

Bill Ingalls

12 junio , 2019

I wanted to share my condolences to Sean and the entire O'Keefe family. Thinking of you. Bill Ingalls

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