Richard Norman Keay, of Alton, NH, born Nov. 14, 1923 in Somerville, MA, died Nov. 3, 2011, after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia.
At a very young age, he moved with his family to Wollaston, MA. He had 2 younger brothers, Donald of Center Harbor, NH, died in 2005 and Robert of Clearwater, FL, died in 2007.
Dick was an avid and accomplished carpenter, his love of woodworking starting as a very young boy. The son of Clifford P. and Mabel (Gavel) Keay, he was a graduate of North Quincy High School in MA. During and after his senior year, he worked as a machinist in Boston Gear Works, North Quincy.
On Nov. 11, 1942, he enlisted in the USArmy Air Force, just prior to his 19th birthday. He attended and was a graduate of the US Army Air Force Technical School, as a Fighter Aircraft Armorer. After being sent over to “the Continent”, Corporal Keay was deployed as an aircraft carpenter at the 8th Air Force Service Command Station, France, where bomber and fighter planes made emergency landings, requiring extensive battle damage repair, the area being known as “Desert Oasis”.
In 1948, Dick married Betty Wenman of Englewood, NJ and upon making his home there, started his own business in building renovations and cabinet making. In 1952, he and his family moved to Alton, NH, where he first worked in construction work with Ernest Saunders of Alton and then became employed at General Electric in Somersworth, as a set-up man in the Meter Department for over 30 years, retiring in 1986.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years: Betty (Wenman) Keay and their 3 daughters: Linda Clark of Stevens, PA, Jacqueline Diamond of Westford, VT and Leslie Alden of Bossier City, LA, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and predeceased by one little 4 month old great-grandson.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Community Church of Alton on Church Street in Alton, NH with Rev. Larry Adams, pastor, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Community Church of Alton. Arrangements are in the care of Peaslee Alton Funeral Home, 12 School Street, Alton, NH. To express condolences, please visit: www.peasleefuneralhome.com