Timothy David Keefe
July 17, 1958~Feb. 19, 2013
Resident of Pinole
Timothy David Keefe, a retired San Pablo Police sergeant who was loved by a large network of friends and family, died Feb. 19 after a brief illness. He was 54.
Mr. Keefe was born July 17, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Richmond with his family in 1971. He graduated from Salesian High School and attended Contra Costa College.
Mr. Keefe joined the San Pablo Police Department in March 1981 and led a distinguished career. He was its first canine handler and its youngest sergeant when he was promoted in 1986. He attended the FBI National Academy, and was a training officer for the Police Academy at Los Medanos College.
Mr. Keefe had many assignments, including in narcotics, investigations, training and patrol, and was a mentor to many young police officers. He was an investigator in several high profile cases, including the homicide of Cecilia Rios and the abduction of Amber Swartz.
In 1983, he received the Medal of Valor after going into a burning apartment building fire and rescuing several people.
Among many accomplishments at the Police Department "he was credited with turning the investigations unit around to one of the best in the state," said Police Chief Walt Schuld. Upon his retirement in 2008, the City Council commended him for being "an integral part" of the department's exceptional homicide clearance rate.
He was an active man who loved life and lived it large; his theme song could be Frank Sinatra's, "I did it my way." He loved to entertain and cook for his family, friends and groups.
Over the years, Mr. Keefe was a member in many organizations and as a volunteer in others: San Pablo Rotary, where he served as president; the Richmond Moose Lodge 550; San Pablo Eagles No. 3028; Richmond Rod and Gun Club; E Clampus Vitus; and The Rejects.
Mr. Keefe is survived by his loving partner of 24 years, Desiree Elvira; his sons, Timothy, Jonathan and Brian Keefe and Gilbert Elvira Jr.; his daughter, Marie Butson; his grandsons, Brett and Alex Butson; his brothers, Joseph, Terrence and Thomas Keefe; sisters, Sister Patricia Keefe, SND; Jane Gregory, Cindy Keefe, Debbie Pacciorini, Mary Keefe, Theresa Keefe and Jessica M. Keefe; and by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, family and friends.
A rosary will be said at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at St. Paul Church, 1845 Church Lane, San Pablo. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. March 1 at St. Paul Church. Private burial will follow at a later date. The family prefers that in lieu of flowers, memorials be contributions to either Salesian High School, Development Office, 2851 Salesian Ave., Richmond, CA 94804 or the Sisters of Notre Dame, 3837 Secor Road, Toledo, Ohio 43623.
Holy Angels Funeral
Cremation Ctr., FD 1960
(510) 234 - 2012
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 26, 2013