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Robert J. Keggins

March 19, 2021

Robert J. KegginsRobert J. Keggins, 82, of Watertown passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse.

Robert was born in Watertown on October 14, 1938, son of the late James J. and M. Alice McConnell Keggins and was a 1957 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy. On October 3, 1957 he entered the US Navy and served mostly aboard the USS Hawkins, a Navy destroyer. He was honorably discharged on September 3, 1959.

On April 15, 1961 he married Antoinette J. "Ann" Dilello at Holy Family Church.

Robert was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, a member of its Holy Name Society, and served as an Eucharistic Minister. He enjoyed volunteering at church functions especially the chicken barbeques and he was a dedicated Bingo worker. He was a member of the American Legion, Felts Mills until it closed and then became a life member of the American Legion, Brownville. Robert was a former member of the Northside Improvement League, a 47-year member of the National Campers and Hikers Assoc. (NCHA), and a 55-year member of the American Bowling Congress (ABC) and held several offices in each. He loved to bowl and was an honorary member of the 300 and the 700 Clubs through the ABC. Robert enjoyed camping, fishing, home improvements, wood crafts, bird feeding, playing different puzzle games on the computer, and was an avid NASCAR fan. But most of all, loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and family.

Along with his wife Ann, Robert is survived by his four children and their spouses, Roberta A. and David Sullivan, Rodman, Timothy P. and Sandra Keggins, Forest Hill, MD, Jon Paul and Julie Keggins, Watertown, and Darin J. and Stephanie Keggins, Watertown; eight grandchildren, Jessika, Mathew, Ethan, Maureen, Hanna, Kaitlyn, Kristen, and Cole; two sisters, Anne and Robert Fisher, KY and Joan Nottell, GA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by brother John and sister Sally Allen.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, March 25, from 10 AM - noon, with a prayer service at the funeral home at 12:15 PM, and the funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 1 PM with Rev. Frank Natale presiding. Burial will be at his family's convenience in Glenwood Cemetery.

Online condolences to Robert's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St. or SPCA of Jefferson County, PO Box 531, both in Watertown, NY 13601.

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#17 Kathy Vincent 2021-03-25 23:02
Ann and family,
We were saddened to hear of Bob's passing. So sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to all. Will always remember the bingo nights.
Don ,Kathy Patrick Vincent
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#16 Gene Ramey 2021-03-25 08:38
Aunt Anne, Roberta, Tim, Jon, and Darin;
My memories of Uncle Bob always make me smile. He was always smiling when he walked into a room and you could feel his presence. Remembering him now, again makes me smile and I can feel his presence. I am thinking of you today; I love you all.
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#15 Roger Newman 2021-03-24 09:18
Ann and family We were so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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#14 Bill Matier 2021-03-23 22:38
Wanda & Bili Matier are sending condolences on their behalf and the Kingston Road Runners think we knew Bob for 25 years behalf also long time camping friends I think we knew Bob for 25 years him & his family and he always made us feel comfie when he was there . HE WILL BE MISSED DEEPLY
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#13 Georgina L Donato 2021-03-23 22:14
Anne, Bert, Timmy, Jon Jon and Darin I am so sorry for your Loss,, My prayers are with you ,, Robert Keggins , was one of the finest men I have ever known, lots of great memories growing up and a great friend of our family ,, if there is anything I can do please let me know,, God Bless you all,,, Georgina L Donato
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#12 Sharon Blankman 2021-03-23 12:16
Dear Jon and family, Please accept our deepest symphathy on death of your father. May family and memories bring you strength.

Jim and Sharon Blankman
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#11 Ralph Bovee 2021-03-23 02:59
Heaven has received a new member.
May God embrace you in comfort during this most difficult time. I will always remember the winter snows and sledding down the Keggins yard with Robert and Sally. Rest In Peace, Robert, and may God assist his wonderful wife and friend. I hope there's bowling in heaven so he can continue his hobby.
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#10 tony soluri 2021-03-22 19:13
Ours prays are with Robert and his family . Sorry for your lost .
From Tony & Mary Soluri
( FROGGY )
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#9 Elaine Brigham Avall 2021-03-22 16:43
So sorry for your loss ... Bob was a good guy.
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#8 Margaret Patrick 2021-03-22 15:27
Ann and family,
I know there is nothing I can say to ease your pain, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob will be truly missed by all.
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