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Harold Joseph Keating Jr.

February 9, 1936June 18, 2020
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SWAMPSCOTT—Harold J. Keating, Jr., age 84, of Swampscott, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 19, 2020. He was the beloved husband of the Eileen M. (Farrell) Keating, with whom he shared 63 years of marriage.

Born in Swampscott, MA, he was a son of the late Harold J. and Bernadette Marie (Robichaud) Keating. Harold attended Swampscott High School, and following his graduation, proudly served in the United States National Guard. In his working years, Harold was the owner and operator of Keating Tree Services, and was a member of the Iron Workers Union. He was well loved by his community for his hard work and dedication to his company.

In his free time, Harold enjoyed sailing, and traveling with his wife. He was a former member of the Mass Auxiliary Coast Guard for about 3 years, and also worked as a police officer in Swampscott for four years. He was also a long time communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott. Above all else though, Harold loved spending time with his family. Watching his children and grandchildren grow, and creating memories with them, was the light of his life.

Besides his beloved wife, Harold is survived by his sons, Harold Keating and his wife Carole of Hamilton, Laurence Keating of Swampscott, Daniel Keating of Groveland, and Patrick Keating and his partner Katherine White of Swampscott; his six grandchildren, Celina Keating of San Diego, CA, Monica Keating of Shrewsbury, Daniel Keating, Jr., of Groveland, Alicia Keating of Putney, VT, Christopher Keating of Groveland, and Calvin Keating of Swampscott; his two sisters, Anne Bettencourt of Danvers, and Theresa Keating of Swampscott, as well as many other dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Arrangements: At the request of the family, all services will be held privately. A Memorial Mass will be held in Harold’s honor at St. John the Evangelist Church in the next year. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, Care Dimensions (Hospice), 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. To leave an online message or condolence, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.


Harold Joseph Keating Jr.

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larry and melinda farrell

July 1, 2020

Dear Keating family,
There are so many memories that have blessed us.
We are truly saddened by Babe's passing.
We also have abiding faith that in the fullness of time
we will be together again.
We love you all dearly,
Larry and Melinda

Mary Ellen Carroll

June 27, 2020

Dear Eileen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Babe's passing. He was such a great guy.
May he rest in peace.

With deepest sympathy,
Mary Ellen Carroll

Sr. Mary Theresa Keating

June 24, 2020

I do believe that the spirit of a person lives on forever, and I would like to thank my brother for being so thoughtful and caring for his elderly parents and family. Babe was a gentle compassionate giant of a man. I am sure that Ma, Dad, and Babe are celebrating a joyous reunion!
Babe's, loving sister,
Sr. Mary Theresa Keating, ocd

Arthur Nelson

June 24, 2020

Eileen, my sincerest condolences. Babe, as I knew him over 60 years ago, was a great guy. Whenever I think of the Farrells I think of what a wonderful family. And I remember Babe came to my house and I completed his taxes many, many years ago. And I remember what a gentleman he was. Eileen Keating the years have gone by too fast but I am proud to say Eileen and Babe Keating are my friends and I am blessed because of that. Arthur Nelson

Kathy Barnett

June 23, 2020

Our sympathy to the whole Keating family. Babe was a wonderful guy and will be remembered for all the hard work and good that he did.

john gambale

June 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Keating family. Babe was a tremendous man. Always had a smile and offering to help if the need was there. Loved his family and was so very proud of them. May he rest in peace. Just a great guy!

Herb Mackey

June 22, 2020

Dear Eileen and family,
Over the years my late brothers and myself enjoyed working with the Keatings. Babe was a great guy. My family and I are sorry to hear of his passing .
Love and God bless,
With sympathy,
Herb Mackey

David Fessenden

June 21, 2020

Patrick and family. So sorry for your loss. I came to know Babe on many a cold night at the Jackson Park hockey rink. He was a tough competitor with the sharpest elbows on the ice. He led me to see that I too could play as I matured and play well.

Bartle and Renee Clarke

June 21, 2020

Thanks for the memories of those wonderful times spent with Harold, Eileen and family in Ireland and Boston. We are so glad we had such good times and trips that will never be forgotten.
Thinking of you all at this sad time. Sincere sympathy from Your Irish cousins Bartle, Renee and family. Rest in peace.

Nancy Gagnon

June 21, 2020

My condolences to you and your family. I will never forget the kindness Babe and
Eileen showed me and my children. They made us feel like were members of the family. He truly was a great man . Again I'm very sorry for your loss.

Nancy Gagnon