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