Andrew "Andy" K. Keir, 86, beloved husband of Alice Angelo of Agawam, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Heritage Hall, Agawam.
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He was born in Springfield on March 21, 1928, son of the late Andrew K. and Anna M. (Laing) Keir. He was raised and educated in Enfield, eventually receiving an master's in business administration from the University of Hartford. As a young man, he worked as an accounting clerk at Bigelow Sanford in Enfield. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Watertown, New York, as a member of the military police. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he resumed his financial career as corporate comptroller at various manufacturing companies. Andy relished playing the game of baseball, especially pitching for Bigelow. He continued to share his passion for the game by coaching Little League in Enfield and Suffield. He enjoyed golfing, cooking, and baking for family and friends and was an ardent Red Sox fan.
In addition to his wife, Alice, he leaves three children by his first marriage, daughter, Samantha Loud of Sedro Woolley, Washington; daughter, Andrea Schlakman, and her husband, Robert, of Sharon, Massachusetts; son, Drew Keir, and his wife, Diana, of North Granby; he also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Allison, Kyle, Sam, and Daniel. In addition to his parents, brother, and sister, he was predeceased by son, Christopher Loud; grandson, Sean Loud; and nephews, Kenneth "Kenny" King Jr. and Robert "Bobby" King. He will be missed by friends, the Rev. Tony Bruno and Virginia McCormick; as well as his nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. St. Patrick Church, 64 Pearl St., Enfield. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Patrick, King Street, Enfield.
His family will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2014