Dr. William F. Keish Jr.

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  • "Nancy and family....I am so sorry. Roz"
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Dr. William F. Keish Jr., 76, of Glastonbury, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill grew up in Manchester on a dairy farm, son of the late William and Georgiana (Peabody) Keish. Dr. Keish practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years, owning and operating Glastonbury Veterinary Hospital for much of his career. Bill was an active member of 4-H throughout his life. He showed dairy cows growing up, and shared his passion for cows with his children and grandchildren as a member of the Belted Galloway Association. He was an active member of the Hartford County 4-H Camp board and a 4-H volunteer for over 40 years. Bill was an active member of Buckingham Congregational Church, where he served as a deacon and found great friendships through his group the Bible Nuts. Bill was also a longtime fan and supporter of UConn basketball.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy (King); and his sister, Barbara Poirot of Dallas, Georgia. He is also survived by his three children, Brian Keish and his wife, Rachael, Dawn Neese and her husband, Aaron, and Laura Sprague and her husband, Steve. He was "Papa" to seven grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Michael, Camden, Steven, Brayden, Caitlin, Noah, and Jocelyn. He supported all of their endeavors, including sporting events, 4-H fairs and cattle shows, and academics, and was incredibly proud of all their accomplishments.

The family is eternally grateful for the wonderful extra 17 years he was given thanks to the generous gift from his kidney donor, Robin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in William's memory to your choice of two charities that were important to him: Hartford County 4-H Camp P.O. Box 444, Enfield, CT 06083, (860) 295-9444, or Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033, (860) 633-7992

The family will receive friends at Buckingham Congregational Church in Glastonbury from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

A funeral service will be held at the church Monday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 10 to Nov. 14, 2018
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