Richard M. “Dick” O’Keeffe of Osterville, MA and formerly of Weston, MA, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died peacefully on February 20, 2021. He was 94 years old.
He is survived by his beloved wife Kay, adoring children Dick, Arthur (Liz), Cathy (Joe), and Kristen (Sean), cherished grandchildren Alison (Mike), Katie (Mike), Michael, Andrew, Meaghan, Erin, and Patrick, and great-granddaughter Isabelle Kate.
Born August 22, 1926, Dick grew up in Chestnut Hill, MA with his loving parents, Arthur and Adelaide, as well as his sisters, Marcia and Adelaide. He fondly remembers going to Bruins games with his father, a Director of the Bruins, and getting to know the players in the locker room during their 1938-1939 Stanley Cup-winning season. An avid Boston sports fan, he would take the trolley to see the Red Sox play and was sometimes allowed to sneak in to see the games for free. Dick graduated from Philips Andover, Harvard College (where he was a member of the golf team), and Harvard Business School. He served honorably during World War II in the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician, Third Class, stationed on Kwajalein Island. Later, he enjoyed a successful career at First National Stores (Finast) where he became Vice President in charge of store operations. Early in his career, Dick had the opportunity to work with many of his uncles, a time he always held dear.
Dick was dedicated to family and faith. He referred to his beloved wife of 63 years, Kay, as “his bride” well over fifty years into their marriage. Dick was actively involved in his childrens’ and grandchildrens’ activities and was a fixture at their sporting events and concerts. He regaled all with his entertaining stories and enjoyed chronicling family events in his carefully maintained family photo albums. In his later years, Dick was fortunate to enjoy traveling the globe with Kay and a close-knit group of friends, making many special memories. Dick had been a faithful communicant at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville for decades. He was a past member of the Bay State Seniors Golf Association, the Hickory Shafts, and The Clover Club of Boston.
Dick was an avid golfer, and his involvement in the sport brought him many life-long friendships. In his early 20s, he was a regular participant in a Wednesday afternoon summer foursome with Joseph Kennedy, from whom he said that he learned a great deal about life and business. He played many of the great courses in America, including Augusta National, and later in his life was fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the well-known courses in Ireland, Scotland, and England. Dick was a long-standing member at The Oyster Harbors Club, volunteering his time and considerable expertise to the club, having served as the treasurer for over two decades. He often stated that he knew of no more beautiful place than Oyster Harbors. His joy for both family and golf was evident when he started a small golf tournament with his daughter many years ago. Now known as the Richard M. O’Keeffe Father Daughter tournament, Dick has left a lasting legacy for hundreds of fathers and daughters. He was also a founder of the Cape Cod Indian Summer Tournament.
He will be remembered for his dedication to family – taking his children to Harvard football and hockey games, breaking into classic songs from the Forties (seemingly at random), and always giving sage and conservative financial advice. In addition, his home was important to him, and he was frequently busy with yard work (although he always called “the man” when something actually needed to be fixed). Finally, his friends, many of whom he cherished for decades, were particularly important to him, as was his involvement with Finast, the family business.
A funeral mass will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund (https://www.ouimet.org/) or the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund (https://needyfund.org/) to honor Dick’s memory.