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Gerald F. Keehnle

1931 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Gerald F. Keehnle, 83, of 10 Club Circle died on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at his home. He was born in Pittsfield on May 17, 1931, a son of Charles and Marguerite Cunningham Keehnle. Educated in Pittsfield, he graduated from PHS in 1949. After graduation, he joined the US Navy where he had served in a submarine squadron. He entered the Pittsfield Fire Department on Jan. 27, 1954, as a private and worked his way up the ranks. He held an Associate Degree in Fire Sciences from BCC. In 1986, he became Fire Chief and retired in 1991 after 37 years in the department. He unselfishly made our community a safe environment. After his many years on the Fire Department, he took a truly deserved, relaxing and enjoyable retirement spent at his home on Pontoosuc Lake. He was an accomplished carpenter and, over the years, built a total of four homes for his family in the Pontoosuc Lake area. He also built a home for his daughter. He enjoyed traveling, motor boating, fishing and spending time with his family. He was always there when you needed him. He leaves his wife of 62 years, the former Sylvia Sharkey, whom he married in St. Anthony's Church in North Adams on Oct. 11, 1952; a daughter, Kathleen Noble and her husband, George and their children, Christine Noble-Drosehn and her husband Paul Drosehn, Andrew, and James Noble of Pittsfield; his daughter, Joanne Keehnle and her fiance, Ross Currier of North Sandwich, N.H.; his son, Peter Keehnle and his wife, Tracy, and their children, Kristen, Nicholas, and Matthew of Huntersville, N.C.; one great-grandson, Timothy Noble of Pittsfield; his brother, Kenneth Keehnle, of Stephentown, N.Y. and his sister, Barbara Keyes of Pittsfield. He was predeceased by his brother, Martin Keehnle. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for former Pittsfield Fire Chief, Gerald F. Keehnle, will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Church, celebrated by the Rev. A. Peter Gregory, pastor. Burial with full military honors will be private. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Charles Church Memorial Fund, care of the DWYER FUNERAL HOME, 776 North St., Pittsfield MA 01201, in his memory. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences and remembrances.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 14, 2014
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