Edward Kehoe

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Edward Kehoe

Edward 'Jack' Kehoe died on March 10, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida, after a brief, intense ambush from illness. Born on August 4, 1927 in Camden, NJ, to Agnes and Thomas Kehoe, he was the 'last man standing' of 7 adult siblings, predeceased by sisters Min and Fran; brothers Tom, Larry, Bill, Jim and Dick. He is survived by his former wife, Edna Dougherty Kehoe, son Edward, and daughters Maureen (and Michael) Grace, Debbi (and Per) Kehoe-Larsen, Beverly Kehoe, Cheryl (and Gene) Zarro, Elizabeth (and Frank) Palumbo, plus 14 grandchildren and spouses, 6 great-grandchildren, dozens of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Jack and his brothers learned gymnastics by flipping off the roof, construction tricks from their father, a rigorous work ethic from their mother, automotive skills by merging two junks into one, and swimming by sneaking into Roberts Pool in Collingswood—where they got arrested so often they were finally given season passes. This love of water inspired the Kehoe Brothers Water Show. Started in Wildwood after Jack's stint in the Army, the show featured a high-diving 'Jase the Clown' and toured for years. Throughout his life Jack rebuilt scores of boats, from a classic rowboat to the legendary 110-foot wooden yacht. His latest was a very fast, very loud ocean racer equipped with windsurfing gear. While selling surplus army office equipment in the 1940s, Jack received a shipment of skiing gear…and the Kehoes headed to the slopes! Jack skied every year since—in Europe, Colorado and Vermont, where he transformed a farmhouse into a circa 1965 ski lodge. In his 60+ years in the construction business, Ed worked as hard as he played. The 'houses' that Jack built include churches, schools, office and shopping complexes, significant portions of Rutgers and Rider Colleges, and a family home complete with gym and indoor pond. He served on the boards of the Building Contractors Association, Rotary Club, and Local Union #222 HWP Fund. Jack's unique style permeated everything he did, whether it was refining an architect's plans, retrofitting clothes, or building cars, boats or homes. If it belonged to Jack—it was clean. If it was Jack's—it lasted forever. His sense of purpose sustained him through 85 healthy years.

Services will be held on May 3 at 12:30 at St. John's Catholic Church in Collingswood with interment of ashes at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407, or , 30 East 33rd St., NY, NY 10016.

Published in Courier-Post on Apr. 26, 2013
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