O’KEEFFE, Fergal Kenneth

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear son, brother, father and uncle, Fergal O’Keeffe.

Fergal was born a golden-haired boy in Dublin, Ireland, and from the youngest age, he had a glint in his eyes. My first school memory of Fergal, age about 5, was being chased down the halls of the Mercy Convent school by 3 nuns and his Mom, laughing his head off.

He was a great big brother, he didn’t much appreciate when Action Man HAD to marry Sindy, but overall was willing to row in with whatever game his sisters came up with, so long as it wasn’t in front of the boys. Fergal introduced us to Madness and Adam Ant, and LOVED to rock out on the dance floor. He was known to put on a dance routine with his sisters for a captive audience with Dad (sorry Fergal).

Fergal was also a really sensitive, kind soul that would give you his last anything. He did his utmost to protect his sisters, and was the most thoughtful, loyal and sweetest, son and brother, despite merciless teasing from his sisters.

When his daughter Chloe was born, he could not take his eyes off her and cherished the time he spent with her growing up. Chloe was always in his thoughts to the day he passed. Fergal was great with all kids and spoiled his nieces and nephews. Evelina, Daniel and Emily were taken on many adventures with Uncle Fergal from swimming to trampolining, biking, boating and fishing. He loved spending time hiking with his niece and nephews from Ireland, Saoirse, Fionn and Lochlan when they visited Canada. He also loved his Mom and Dad and was grateful for their support through some of the hard times.

Fergal adored the great outdoors and was never happier than when he was camping off grid, skiing, swimming, out on his beloved boats, or motorbiking on the open road. He usually took his adopted dog, Zuma, wherever he went. The dogs always went berserk with happiness on Fergal’s arrival as they knew they were in for a nice long dog walk and a treat.

It is a true measure of his character that he was adored by animals and children, and he felt the very same back.

Never one to keep his feelings to himself, Fergal was vocal about everything from Trump to Trudeau, the oil patch where he worked most of his life, immigration, covid-19 and wearing masks or not. He was often on the other side of politically/socially correct, but he had an opinion, and he enjoyed passionately defending his point of view.

Fergal said we only get one crack at life so rip it up and make it a good one. He definitely lived his life to the max and was always in search of the next adventure.

We hold dear in our hearts the great times we had with our lovely Fergal, we are so very sad we will not see him again bounding through the door, hiking up his pants and giving us that famous big happy grin.

Fergal is so missed and survived by his parents, Declan O’Keeffe and Yvonne (Blaine) Bebeau, his sisters Lisa O’Keeffe (Chris), Suzanne O’Keeffe and Michelle (Stephen) Formstone, his brother Niall Halpin, his daughter Chloe Kiely, his step brothers and sister, Jeffery, Shawn (Kaela), and Loriann (Nick) Bebeau, his nieces Saoirse and Evelina, and nephews, Fionn, Lochlan, Daniel and Aurik, his second family, Adrian Bentlage, Marie and Emily Sime, and all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A service will be held on [Monday, November 9th at 2 pm] at Serenity Funeral Service,
10129 Princess Elizabeth Ave NW. Due to Covid-19 restrictions on numbers, attendance in person at the service is by invitation, however his service will be live streamed and all are welcome to attend at https://distantlink.com/SerenitySG.html

In lieu of flowers, please give a big hug to your brothers and sisters, tell them what you would if you knew you wouldn’t see them again, and remember Fergal fondly.

Serenity Funeral Service – North Central Chapel – 780-477-7500

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Kevin and Anne Dunne

Dear Yvonne ,Lisa,Suzanne , Michelle and families.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .Words cannot express adequately our sadness in hearing of Feargal”s untimely passing. love to all xx.

Linda Mac Dermott

Dear Yvonne I am very sorry to hear about Fergal s death and send you and all Fergal s family my sincere sympathy. Thinking of you Yvonne at this sad time. Linda Rest in Peace

Roisin (Fitzpatrick) Keely

I am truly sorry Yvonne to hear of the loss of Fergal. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nigel Quinlan

To Yvonne, Lisa, Suzanne & Michelle,
We were so sad to hear of Fergal’s death, so unexpected and so sudden.
I have fond memories of Fergal as my older and wiser cousin when I was just about 5 or 6, playing with action man and then again knowing him when I was older and discussing motorbikes and martial arts. He had a passion for lots of things in life and I know family, friends, Canada and Ireland were always close to his heart.
Rest In Peace Fergal.
xxx
Nigel, Cathy, Rocky, Axel, Coco & Juno

John and Pamela Fenton

Our sincere condolences to all of Fergal’s family. We have fond memories of when Fergal was in Waterford, Ireland. Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Owen & Ann Conway

Sincere Sympathy to our former colleague Declan & Lisa & all who loved Fergal on his sudden passing.
We had the pleasure of meeting him many times in Waterford in his teenage years.
May he rest in peace.

Edel Quinlan

To all my beloved family. Auntie Yvonne, Lisa, Sue, Michelle & Chloe. I will hold the memories of Fergal close to my heart. Although we are so far away we are with you all in spirit. Take comfort in the fact that Fergal lived life to the fullest. May you have the strength to take you through the next few days, weeks & months ahead.

A loving nature,
A heart of gold,
The very best this world could hold,
Never selfish, always kind,
These are the memories you left behind,
A silent thought,
A quiet prayer,
For our dear Fergal….now in Gods care.

Lots of Love Edel & Noah Xx

Michael Holohan

My sincere sympathies to Yvonne , Declan , Lisa, Suzanne, Michelle , Niall , Chloe and all Fergal’s extended family.
You are in my thoughts today in Ireland. I have fond memories of great chats with Fergal in auntie Gretta’s on Mannix Hill. May he rest in peace.

Lisa Moran

I have very fond memories of Fergal in his teenage years in Ireland, always the protective brother, and that smile……. Taken way too soon Fergal, Rip.

Sincere condolences to your family.

Tiernan O’Keeffe

So sad to hear of Fergal’s passing. I have fond memories of having a pint or two with Fergal many years ago in Dublin, and the quick game of Jenga turned into a longer challenge which we both laughed a lot about. Rest In Peace cousin. You will be missed.

Sylvia O’Donovan (Browne)

Yvonne,

I am so sorry to know of the death of Fergal. It is bad enough to lose a parent, but to lose a child is devastating.

Seeing the picture of Fergal, he is out and out Browne. He is a younger version of daddy and the image of Greta and Kevin.

May God give you strength at this sad time.

Sylvia

Geraldine Meaney (nee Carey)

Dear Yvonne and Fergal
my sincere condolences to you and all the family on the sudden and untimely death of your beloved son
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Love Geraldine

Alan & Colette Quinlan

Fergal we will always treasure the time you spent with us & will keep your memory on our hearts. Love you always . Rest In Peace. Colette & Alan

Darragh O’Keeffe

Rest in Peace Fergal.
I only have the few memories of our young childhood as cousins but I do remember Fergal as being a kind, gentle and totally fun loving individual. You will doubtless be missed greatly by all whose lives you touched and were a part of.

Kayle mackintosh

This was a piece of news I was not prepared to receive today. I was honored to of been able to call fergal a dear friend who was apart of my story. I met fergal in the summer of 2020, we instantly connected over the mutual interest of fishing and nature. After spending days and countless hours drifting in his boat talking and fishing I grew to know him as a gentle, kind, friend who showed me great empathy and understanding like no other. This loss will be felt in so many lives, and My prayers are with everyone who has felt this loss.
Fergal will be so missed

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