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CONTARINO, Keith Dr. Keith Contarino, Caretaker of our Best Friends for nearly 30 years. Although Keith Contarino was not a native of Georgia, he quickly developed an infectious love for the state upon moving here after graduating from the University of Virginia to attend the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation in 1984, Dr. Contarino started practice in Cobb County and continued for over three decades, taking care of not just the furry friends in our homes but devoting thousands of hours to animal shelters across the state while rooting for his beloved Bulldogs sports teams in all their endeavors on the weekends. Dr. Contarino eventually started a mobile vet practice to be able to attend to sick animals in their homes and save owner's a stressful trip to the clinic. In his spare time, Keith was also an avid comic book collector and historian, penning dozens of articles for collector's magazines and becoming an advisor to Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide. He could frequently be seen and collector's conventions across the south trading everything from Donald Duck to Superman and educating fellow collectors on the history of the hobby. Dr. Contarino passed away December 6, 2013 and is survived by his wife Amy, and his two sons David, 28, and Daniel, 25, of Marietta. Services will be held at 1pm Friday at the Medford-Peden Funeral home in Marietta, and the family will be hosting a visitation Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 12, 2013
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