WD4DPA - November 28, 2010

WD4DPA - James J. McKeever James J. McKeever
Ocklawaha, Fl

QCWA # 19628
Chapter 62

OCKLAWAHA, Fla. - James Joseph McKeever, 90, a 35-year resident Ocklawaha, Fla., went quietly home to heaven on Nov. 28, 2010, while under the loving care of his family.

A devoted husband and father of eight, he was the son of James A. and Louise (Dargan) McKeever of Randolph, N.Y.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 68 years, Frances Merribel (Hitchiner) McKeever; sons: Dennis McKeever (Sharon) of Leesburg, Richard McKeever (Ruth) of Ocklawaha, John McKeever of White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and Michael McKeever (Roseann) of Stuart, Fla. and daughters: Merri-Lou McKeever (Les Medall) of Rochester, N.Y., and Suzanne Fisher (Dave) of Ocoee, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Patricia; and his brother, Gerald McKeever of Gowanda, N.Y. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grands and great-greats; as well as loving friends too many to mention, especially their lifelong fellow adventurers and best friends, Maxine and Ken Peterson.

A devoutly spiritual man, he was one of the founders of both Our Lady of Victory Catholic church in Frewsburg, and St. Joseph of the Forest in Silver Springs. He was a 38-year employee of the U.S. Post Office in Jamestown, N.Y., where he was a supervisor for 20 years. After moving to Florida from Frewsburg, N.Y., he spent many years as a Meal on Wheels volunteer. He was a World War II veteran and an avid ham radio operator for decades. A message to them: QCWA member, wd4dpa, is now a "silent key." The world has lost a very kind and generous gentle man who was much loved and is missed dearly already.

It is with regret that I notify you of the death of Jim McKeever, WD4DPA. Jim was a long time member of Chapter 62 in Ocala, FL. Actually, he had been a long time member before I ever arrived in Florida. He was Treasurer of Chapter 62 for more years than I would care to count.

Jim, thanks for your service to QCWA and to ham radio.

tnx es 73,
Ken Simpson, W8EK