Born in Waltham, he was the son of late John & Gladys (Whalen) Keelty, and the beloved husband of June M. (Keenan) for close to 60 years.
Keilty was brought up and educated in Concord where he graduated from Concord High School.
Known as the “Hurdler”, he held several school and state track records.
After graduation he went on to Northeastern University, from which he graduated in 1957. That same year he married his wife June, and joined the Army.
His life after the army consisted of family and work.
In 1975, he founded K.S.A. a manufacturing representative firm in the high tech industry.
Together he and June raised their four children who survive him, Richard P. Jr. & his wife Virginia of Boxford, Robert S. & his wife Helen of Groton, Laura Jean Dreese & her husband Michael of West Newton, and Daniel K. & his wife Julie of Norwich, CT. Eventually Richard became an active and engaged grandfather to his grandchildren, Richard P. III & his wife Steffanie, Colleen, Curtis, Megan, Kristen, Sara, MacKenzie and Christopher Dreese, Spencer, Avery, and Baby Richard P. IV joining the family in August.
One of eight, he is also survived by his siblings, Doris McGarry, John, Joyce Drazen and Linda Rheaume, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sisters, June Weston, and Barbara Lynch, and his brother, Mark K.
Keilty was a longtime member and avid golfer at the Marlborough Country Club, a voracious reader and writer, and an accomplished artist. He was a friend to all who knew him.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. George’s Church, 74 School St., Saxonville, on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Richard’s name to: The Alzheimer’s Assoc, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, www.alz.org, or to The MaristHill Nursing Home, 66 Newton Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Photo courtesy of the funeral home