Henry George Keyes Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Henry George Keyes of Tarpon Springs, Florida, 90 years old, a retired FDNY Deputy Chief, passed away peacefully on June 10th in Manor Care Rehabilitation Facility, Palm Harbor, Florida. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Keyes was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech High School in 1949. He began a 32 year career with the New York City Fire Department in 1955 when he met his future bride, Joan Ann McHale, also of Brooklyn, a newly graduated registered nurse. The two were married in 1956 and were married for 49 years until his wife's death in 2005. The couple moved to Staten Island in 1964, residing in New Dorp where they raised four children, before moving to Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1994. While living on Staten Island, Mr. Keyes and his wife were very active in their children's competitive swimming, as parents of swimmers of Msgr. Farrell High School, Xavier High School, St. John Villa Academy, the Staten Island YMCA, Staten Island Aquatics and the Richmond County Country Club swim teams. A devout Catholic, Mr. Keyes was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church on Staten Island and All Saints Catholic Church in Palm Harbor, Florida. An active member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus, he also volunteered as an OLQP bingo worker on Thursday nights almost every week for nearly 30 years. Mr. Keyes was one of the original ordained Eucharistic ministers of OLQP in the early 1980's and remained active by administering Holy Communion at daily masses and to the elderly in local Florida nursing homes several days per week. An avid golfer, Mr. Keyes played all of the local Staten Island and Florida golf courses a couple of days per week up until 2017. Mr. Keyes is survived by his three sons, Michael, Dennis and Kevin Keyes, a daughter, Maureen Schwarz, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Dolores Lange and his in-laws, Thomas and Leslie McHale and Rosemary Keyes in addition to several nieces and nephews. A Florida funeral mass was celebrated on June 14th which included cremation. A Staten Island memorial mass will occur this Saturday, July 10th in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 9:30 AM with burial of his ashes in Moravian Cemetery alongside his late wife immediately following. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (www.t2t.org
) in Mr. Keyes's memory.
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Published by Staten Island Advance from Jul. 5 to Jul. 8, 2021.