Thomas Patrick Keefe

August 15, 1939 ~ June 4, 2020 (age 80)




Thomas Keefe, age 80 years young, passed away June 4th, 2020 at his home in Mesquite, Nevada with his wife, Dorie Keefe and dear friend, Mary Jo by his side, after battling a long battle with Mesothelioma.

Born August 15, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio to William James Keefe & Frances Keefe (Walter). He was raised and educated in Cleveland. In 1964 he started working for the Cleveland Fire Department. In 1967, Tom moved west to North Idaho, where he bought a restaurant called "The Boat". By 1978 he became the Fire Chief for the City of Kellogg/Shoshone County Fire District #2. In 1982, Tom moved to Washington State where he became the Fire Chief of King County Fire District #1. By 1986 he became the Fire Chief of the City of Tukwila, Washington. He was a true leader for his Tukwila crew and considered them his family.

In 2003 Tom retired from his duties as Fire Chief and moved with his wife, Ann to Mesquite, Nevada. Tom and Ann opened a floral gallery shop until her death in 2009. In 2012, Tom met and married Doris Lee Boyts of Mesquite, Nevada. Tom and Dorie enjoyed their travels to visit with friends in Washington and Montana, they also cherished the time they spend with their wine club group. Tom enjoyed the shooting range and going to the gym every day, he loved cooking and considered it his speciality.

Tom is survived by his wife Dorie, who still resides in Mesquite; Sally Gerber (Keefe) and husband Lee Gerber of Ohio; Mary Carpenter Brookshire (Keefe) and husband Kevin Berkshire of Texas; William J. (Willy) Keefe of California; Michael D. Keefe and wife Lynn Keefe (Moody) of Idaho; as well as many nieces and nephew.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents William and Frances Keefe; his sister, Kathy Quin (Keefe) and husband Leonard Quin.

Tom had requested not to have a funeral service, however close family and friends has planned a Celebration of Life that will be held at a later date. In remembrance of Tom, you may make a donation to the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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