William J. Keating
1927 - 2020
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William J. Keating

Cincinnati - William J. "Bill" Keating, beloved husband of Nancy (nee Nenninger). Loving father of Nancy (Dale) Roe, father-in-law of Joan Keating (widow of Bill, Jr.), Mike (Jane) Keating, Dan (Becky) Keating, Susie (John) Lame, Tom Keating and John (Michelle) Keating. Also survived by 28 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at age 93. His beloved Nancy was the love of his life. Known to friends as "the Judge", his legacy was loyalty and love for his family, his city, and all who were fortunate to work with him, know him, and call him a friend. The many fruits of his "can do" spirit are everywhere in Cincinnati: The Aronoff Center; the ATP tennis tournament; world class swim teams who trained at Cincinnati's first Olympic-size pool at St. X; professional golf tournaments; culture, arts, education, business, and quality of life. He was a judge, a city councilman, congressman, publisher of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Chairman of the Associated Press. Kindness was the key to his success. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to St. Xavier High School: Nancy and William Keating Family Scholarship; Xavier University; or The University of Cincinnati. Geo. H. Rohde & Son Funeral Home serving the family. www.rohdefuneral.com




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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from May 21 to May 22, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Julie Holt & Dan Horn
Julie Holt
Coworker
May 26, 2020
I will always remember Mr. Keating with great fondness. When I was in 8th grade and had to interview a person who had made a significant contribution to our community, I chose Mr. Keating. He was very gracious with his time and stories. I was so impressed that he finished college in 3 years and law school in 2 years! We were his neighbors on Alpine Terrace, and all of the neighborhood kids appreciated jumping on the Keating's trampoline! I remember wearing "Keating for Congress" T-shirts as a kid, to get the word out! :-) When my parents had parties, they would invite Bill and Nancy, and I remember having delightful conversations with them. He was a truly wonderful man, and will be missed greatly. Gigi (Greiwe) Robison
Gigi Robison
Neighbor
May 25, 2020
He was an exceptional man with a heart of gold. I was his secretary in Detroit and have never forgotten him or the opportunities he afforded me. I learned a lot about how to be successful from him and truly enjoyed working for him. I'll never forget the day he left Detroit to return to Cincinnati - one of the hardest days in my career - I would miss him terribly. Sincere sympathy to his family - you are his legacy - and he is yours. With much love. I feel honored and blessed to have known him.
CHERYL N JANIGA
Coworker
May 24, 2020
From all the Gene Fugazzi family to the Keating family, a day we thought would never come. He was larger than life. God Bless your Mom and all of you.
"Brenny" Fugazzi
Neighbor
May 23, 2020
Many thoughts and prayers for your family. Your dad was always so very nice. He was one of the everyones dads when we were young. Thinking of all of you.
Laurie (Long) McGrath
Friend
May 23, 2020
To Mike and the rest of the Keating family: Your father was a tremendous patriarch, a wonderful friend to our family, and a truly good man. What an accomplished life he led! He made Cincinnati a better place to live, work, and raise a family. God's blessings to you and your family.
Jay Perin
Friend
May 23, 2020
John: Please know that the Costas are sorry to hear of your dads passing. What an institution he was! God bless you and your family in this tough time.
Kim Costa
Friend
May 22, 2020
I remember Bill from the Cincinnati Athletic Club. He was truly a nice man. He always had a friendly hello and a good word. My condolences to the Keating family.
Pat Lambert
Patrick Lambert
May 22, 2020
The Keating Family are forever in my heart and mind as the epitome of grace, class, closeness -- and joy.
Nancy and Bill made our world better through their work, their wisdom, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all could benefit from their lived examples. Blessings to you all.
Mary Kay Blake
Acquaintance
May 22, 2020
Nancy, Bill modeled what a Christian should be. You and your family are in my prayers. Deacon John
John Slattery
Acquaintance
May 22, 2020
The best of Cincinnati.True honor to have met the man and his family
Fred Gohmann
Friend
May 21, 2020
God bless you Mr. Keating and thank you for so many years of service to our community and especially to our Swimming families. You were one of the nicest people Ive ever met and always had kind words no matter how long it had been since we saw each other. I can only imagine the reunion youre having in heaven. Tell Billy I said hi ❤
Jennifer Kemp
Friend
May 21, 2020
I admired Mr. Keating from afar. Rather, I knew Billy & Joan Keating and their children as well as Susie & John Lame. These people are part of Mr. Keating's legacy. Pat and I observed honesty, humor, fidelity to church, family, and community, as well as a drive to do good things in those descendants. That speaks volumes about this patriarch. Well done, Mr. Keating. Rest in peace.
Jan and Pat McNerney
Acquaintance
May 21, 2020
Mr. Keating was one of the most accomplished people I never knew. One my favorite memories of life was him coaching the UDF 1/2 pints and nearly the whole team riding in his station wagon to Stanley field for practice. He meant so much to me throughout my life and it was always special to see him . My condolences to the entire family. You have all been wonderful friends throughout our lives.
John & Kathy Heekin
Friend
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