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1946 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
William H. "Bill" McKeever III Obituary
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April 9, 2017
My Memories of Billy McKeever: A Eulogy

Prior to first meeting Billy when I was 16 I was aware of his reputation of being one of the cool guys as well as a tough guy. My first encounter with him was at some party. From an upstairs bedroom I heard the sounds of acapella harmony and was immediately drawn to the source of this sound. There I saw Billy and 3 or 4 other guys harmonizing and was stunned at how amazing it sounded.

Over time this larger than life person must have seen some value in this gawking, glasses wearing admirer who was clearly way below him on the social food chain and I was afforded the opportunity to talk to him after the singing had ceased. This was the geneses of our friendship which spanned several decades. In truth he became a big brother symbol to me and at the time I idolized him. I wanted to be him. He was nice looking, muscular and confident around the opposite sex while I remained a toad-like, overweight nerd who had a perfect batting average of zero when it came to girls.

Billy afforded me an opportunity to join in singing acapella. I'd been singing along with 45's all my life but never with others in a live situation. I was hooked. This was clearly the moment I began my musical journey in life. For this I shall always be grateful to Billy McKeever.

After Billy had joined the army I recall seeing him when he was home on leave and not too long thereafter I enlisted as well. I eventually got shipped to France and Billy was stationed near Frankfurt, Germany. As soon as I could I got a three day pass and took a train to Frankfurt where Billy and I spend a weekend engaged in drinking and debauchery. (Well, at least drinking)

I didn't see him again until I got out of the army in 1967. I moved to California but we stayed in touch. When he drove out to the west coast we reunited and I joined him on a trip to San Francisco where we saw the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore West. That night after the concert while pulling his car into traffic we got sideswiped by a passing car and Billy's car got damaged pretty badly. He ended up selling the car at a dealership and he bought airline tickets for him, his girlfriend and me so we could go back to Philly.

Billy defined what a friend is. He was always there for me. I loved him like a brother. By and by we followed our own lives paths and over the years we lost contact. I got in touch with him in the 90's and we chatted on the phone. I had not spoken with him or heard anything about him for many years so I decided yesterday to Google him to see if I could contact him and renew an old friendship. I was too late. I saw his obituary. Though I am deeply saddened by his passing I am also grateful that for a time we were part of each other's lives. I'll hold those memories until it's my time to pass. Goodbye and God's Speed Billy. I will never forget you.
October 28, 2016
Hard to believe that it was forty years ago that Jerry and Billy and I were part of the band Fresh that was rockin' out at the Edelweiss in Colmar PA and just about every bar in South Jersey that you could think of. To this day I can't hear a song that we used to do without it taking me right back. In fact, XPN was playing a lot of Average White Band on Monday which is an unusual choice for them and then I heard about Bill and it was an odd coincidence. Or was it? Hopefully Bill can finally find that elusive Brickerine that went mysteriously missing all those years ago....
October 27, 2016
Please except my condolence over the loss of your loved one.At a time of such sadness turn to God for comfort and peace he promises to bring our loved ones back to life right here on earth Rev 5:28,29