THOMAS JOSEPH KEEFE 1921 - 2014 Passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 24th, surrounded by family. Deeply missed by his wife of 72 years, Norma (Peppin). Dear father of Thomas (deceased), Gail Moreau (Eric), Robert, John (Diane), Peter (Kathleen) and Michael (Diane). Proud grandfather to Sean, Sarah, Anna, Dennis, Stephen, John, Kate, Tom and Tess. Delighted great-grandfather to Will, Benjamin, Clara, Jack, Stella, Anna, Thomas and Grace. Tom was predeceased by his brothers Huntley, Alphonsus and George and by his sisters Anne (Walker) and Marie. He is survived by his brother, Dick Wedge. He was born in New Glasgow, NS and raised in Miscouche, PEI, the son of a railroad station agent. In World War II, he served as a Lieutenant with the Prince Edward Island Highlanders and the West Nova Scotia Regiment. He was wounded in action in Italy in 1943 and again in 1944. He received his M.Sc. in Agricultural Biochemistry from McGill University in 1951, by which time he and Norma had four children. From 1951 to 1953, Tom was a research food scientist with the Defense Research Medical Laboratories in Toronto. He joined Stange Canada in 1953, eventually overseeing its international operations and retiring as Chairman in 1987. During his career, Tom served as President of the Canadian Institute of Food Technology and of the Canadian Spice Association. Heartfelt thanks to his wonderful caregivers at the McCall Centre for Continuing Care. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.), on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gregory's Church (122 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke), Friday, August 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. Reception following at St. George's Golf Club, his second home for many years. Private cremation and interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. If desired, donations made to Covenant House would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Aug. 2, 2014