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KEOGH, Robert C. "Bob" Of Fort Myers Beach, FL died peacefully on Thursday, December 06, 2012 at his residence. He was 77. Bob was a winter resident of Fort Myers Beach for many years before moving there permanently from Danvers, MA. He was born January 23, 1935 in Malden, MA son of the late John and Julia (Moriarty) Keogh. Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee before joining the U.S. Army. Bob was a proud 60 year member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 17 in Boston MA. Through out his career he served the union's membership in several elected and appointed positions he retired in 1999 as the Insurance and Pension Fund's Executive Secretary, a position he loved and held for 20 years. He served on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Delta Dental of MA for over 20 years. He was a 55 year member of the Irish American Club in Malden, MA and was very involved in fundraisers and supported many charities. He enjoyed boating, fishing, traveling, baseball (Red Sox), football (Patriots & ND) and had a passion for local and national politics. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Germaine "Carol" Keogh; children, Robert Keogh of South Boston, MA, Richard Keogh of North Reading, MA, Jill Keogh of Saugus, MA, Brian Duffy of Attleboro, MA, Kenneth Duffy of Greenwich, CT, Susan Bergstrom and Erin Kostrzewski both of Naples, FL; brothers, John Keogh, Jim Keogh and Bill Keogh all of West Palm Beach, FL; sister, Sheila Zimmerman of Malden, MA; grandchildren, Matthew, Douglas, Alexandra, Samantha, Glenna, Richard, Robert, Matthew, Gregory, Aaron, Caitlin, Eric, Brian, Patrick, and Ian; former wife, Carol Deroche; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lauri Confer and brothers, Frank and Richard Keogh. A memorial mass will be held in Malden, MA at a later date and will be announced. The family wishes to thank all of the nurses, especially from Hope Hospice for all of the care they provided for Robert. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Cir. N. Ft. Myers, FL 33908.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 8, 2012
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