January 3, 1925 – May 18, 2020
Harry passed away peacefully to his Heavenly Reward on May 18, 2020 in the loving care of his daughter, Susan. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 64 years Grace Pauline who passed away May 12, 2019. Harry is survived by his daughter, Susan and son, Larry (Sharon); grandchildren David (Sherri) Meagher; Christopher Keats; Laura Keats; Katie Preidt; Jamie Keats and their respective families. Lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law, Sheila Lane and nephew Freeman Keats (Claudette); nieces , nephews and cousins in Newfoundland & Labrador . Harry was the last surviving child of Jane & Albert Keats of Bonavista, Newfoundland. Harry was a member of the Royal Black Preceptory; the Orange Lodge #4 in Newfoundland & Labrador . He was a respected employee of the Waterloo County School Board as a custodian for twenty five years retiring in 1991. He enjoyed a long lasting friendship with Elsie & Fred Foster and Shirley & Roy Penny who he considered his extended Family. His passion was playing card games with them. His favorite was "Kings in the Corner" and his joy was being the winner most times. Harry was a devoted Christian member of the Kitchener Salvation Army Community Church. His passion was standing at the Christmas Kettles in the Conestoga Mall where he was recognized by his first name by many donors and store personnel. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a private Family funeral service will be held Saturday May 23rd, 2020 with burial to take place following the service at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre. As remembrance and expression of love, donations can be made to The Kitchener Salvation Army Community Church or St. Mary's Hospital Cardiac Foundation. A celebration of Harry's life will be held at a later date. Condolences can be shared on line at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com All are invited to attend Harry's service online May 23rd at 11:30 a.m. by visiting; https://www.facebook.com/Westmount-Memorial-Celebration-Centre-1436327989933269/
Private Funeral Service
Saturday, May 23, 2020
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Hanneke and Janie Vos
May 24, 2020
Dear Susan and family
When thinking back of memories of Kitchener corps there are so many loving faces that come to mind and always Harry's and Pauline's smiling faces come before us. Especially over the last years Harry was always there as a pillar of the church and his face was the first we sought to remind us we were back home. Now he has been welcomed home by the many who have been anxiously waiting and preparing for his coming, but none as much as the Lord Jesus with wide open arms. We send our love and prayers to you at this time when you will dearly miss your Dad's physical presence. But his loving spirit will always be around you, and he along with your mom will be cheering you on as you continue to run your race. Always one in the Spirit. God bless you all richly.
May 23, 2020
Susan and family, Kevin and I are are so saddened to hear this news about your Dad! Your Mom and Dad were the BEST landlords that anyone would have been fortunate to have - turns out - we were the lucky ones! You dad always had a twinkle in his eyes especially when he smiled! He was a wonderful man and will be missed! You are all in our thoughts and prayers! xoxo
Gloria and Tony Rees
May 23, 2020
Tony and I would like to extend our sympathies to Sue Keats at the passing of her father Harry Keats. We were so happy to have you and your parents as neighbours and share stories of our trips and experiences of returning to our dear Newfoundland. Harry always made us laugh and appreciate the value of a smile and cheerful greetings. Sue, we know you as a devoted daughter and hold you in high esteem for the care and patience you demonstrated to the end of your parents life. We know how much missed Harry will be and you are evermore in our thoughts and wishes for your own health and happiness. xx
May 22, 2020
Cousin Susan, it was sad news when we heard of Uncle Harry's passing earlier this week. It was great talking to you about Uncle Harry and family and life in general. We did meet each other back in the late sixties in Bonavista and it was like we had know each other since then. Uncle Harry was a fine gentleman and I know Dad was always happy to see him on visits or talk to him . They are all sadly missed but they are together as a family again , so take some joy from knowing that. Please accept our condolences from the extended Keats family spread from NFLD & Labrador to Yellowknife to Florida. Our prayers are with you.
May 22, 2020
Harry was always a source of light and love to me. His expressions of praise to the Lord especially during our worship times with his resounding “Hallelujah!” Always brought a smile to my face. Harry as you meet your Lord, I know that you will be greeted with the words “well done good and faithful servant.” Although we will not be able to join your family in your celebration of life service I will be signing along as you are “promoted to glory”. Susan you are in our thoughts and prayer - Love and peace to your family.
Beth and Jeff King
May 21, 2020
Grandpa, I hope you know how much I/we love and care for you! Your granddaughters Brookynn and Grace (named after grandma), Chad and I love you so much! We will miss you more than you may ever know, and that kinda breaks my heart. We will remember your heartfelt smiles and sincerely kind heart. We love you , forever♥️♥️♥️
May 21, 2020
Harry, such a kind heart. He was always willing to help out with the Fundraisers for missions. , he was very generous to us with the Victorian Tea. His love for the Lord was evident in his tears for Jesus during testimony times. He said he was ready to go home. And home he is. Well done thou good and faithful servant. Will miss you Harry! Susan and family our thoughts are with you. Love you so! Sending hugs.
May 21, 2020
Harry was a true friend. He would come into my office and ‘check in’ with me when he would come to the church, irregardless of the event. He would ask if I’m going “Home” (Newfoundland) this year, and then he would chat about Caplin, the Rock, and his next adventure. As years gained on both of us, he would ask about the family and still about going home. He loved going to Newfoundland and when Susan was able to get him there he would be so revived when he came back. Harry loved church and serving the risen Christ. We was often heard singing ‘Oh Boundless Salvation’ at anytime of day. Oh how he will be missed. He is now Home, He is with his Rock, the Lord Jesus.