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Frank Joseph Keville

d. September 19, 2023

Frank Joseph Keville

Frank Joseph Keville of Hingham, MA, formally of Effingham, NH, Charlestown, Tewksbury and numerous ports-of-call around the globe.

My dear family and friends,

On September 19, 2023, I lost my battle with Leukemia. My dedicated wife,

Deb (Hart) of over twenty years was right by my side until my last breath. I ask that you continue to pray for her, and for all those still fighting the Cancer War.

I was born on June 15, 1955, the middle child of Frank L and Martha M (Tremblay). I am survived by my older sister Madeline and her husband Barry of VT, and my loving brother John and his wife Carrie of Newbury, MA.

I leave behind my seven nieces and nephews, Ev, Joel, Nikole, Matt, Steven, Tim, Sam and their respective partners. They have blessed me with many grand nieces and nephews. My strong Aunt Ginger is the only aunt to survive my passing, along with a host of cousins both Keville’s and Tremblay’s. Gosh we had some good times growing up.

I attended several schools before graduating from Charlestown High School Electrical program in 1973. After a few years of honing my skills, I decided to attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy and graduated with a Marine Engineer degree in 1981. As a Merchant Marine I sailed on many seas, on many ships and explored the world.

I settled in Effingham, NH. Many of you assisted me as I refurbished my antique house and barn. Many hands, many hours and lots of laughter and libations made this challenge a huge success. I truly loved all the folks in Effingham. A small town with some mighty big-hearted folks.

Deb and I met online in NH. Soon we realized we both grew up in Boston, and knew we were a perfect match. Deb brought to the marriage a clan of wonderful family and friends but especially a brilliant, fun-loving son, Geoffrey and his then fiancé Eileen. One year after our wedding (and it was a wonderful day for a wedding), Geoff and Eileen wed. In a few short years they blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. It is my wish for Owen, Lyla and Finn to always stay true to themselves and be all that they can be. These three teens along with Bernie, the Golden always made me smile. This family completed my world and showered me with love and kindness all of my days.

I was employed at Pine Tree Power in Tamworth and then Home Depot in North Conway. There were many “side jobs” as we trade people call them, in between, which always made me happy to help people in town.

In 2014 Deb and I decided to move back to MA to be closer to family. We were greeted by wonderful neighbors. I was employed by Home Depot in Rockland, MA. A big shout out to all my co-workers who have been so very supportive during my illness.

Friends, “Buddies” comrades, far too many to mention by name. I was so lucky to have shared my life with you. So long “old friends”, I wish you well. Raise a glass, be sure it is the good stuff, tell a story, and smile for me.

Lastly along with Deb I want to thank all the medical staff who have bestowed their support and compassion upon us during this battle. Every doctor, PA, researcher, nurse, clinician, receptionist, and support personnel at Dana Faber Cancer Institute are the most dedicated and professional staff, each one made our Leukemia journey a bit easier and tolerable.

My final days were spent under the care of Norwell Visiting Nurses. Though I was not alert enough to thank them, I appreciated all the care they imparted upon me and the support they gave to my family. I also want to mention the Hingham first responders who picked me up when I fell down, every time.

My dear family and friends, if you can financially support DFCI, NVNA, or donate blood in my name, I would be honored. These folks are working hard to save lives and to give hope that someday this disease will be eradicated.

As per my request, there will not be a wake or funeral, but rather a gathering to celebrate my life, my family and my friends on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Cathay Pacific, Quincy, MA at 12:00 pm(noon).

I love you Deb,

Until we meet again,


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