Roy Simeon Keeping

February 12, 1932 to September 28, 2022


Roy Simeon Keeping of St. John’s passed peacefully away at home in the presence of his family.

He leaves to mourn his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Inez (Attwood) and their children: Glenda (Paul) Ripley, Gail Vail (Gerry Gulliver), and Robert (Wanda) Keeping; five grandchildren of whom he was so proud and who dearly loved their Pop: Jennifer (Keith) Smart, Lauren Ripley, Amanda Vail, Colin and Sarah Keeping; and one great-granddaughter, Katie Smart; sister Ethel Keeping, special niece Inez Keeping and her daughter Robyn (Alex) McInnis and their family; brothers in-law: Cyril “Skiff” (Jan) Attwood, Gerald (Muriel) Attwood; sisters-in-law: Joyce Kelsey, Barbara (Jim) Bursey, Judy Hodder and Joan (Roy) Miller, along with a large circle of nieces and nephews.

Roy was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Flora Keeping; parents-in-law Jacob and Bertha Attwood; beloved nephew, Philip Keeping; brothers: Wal (Fanny), Cyril (Carrie), Hiram (Lucy); son-in-law Jeff Vail; sisters-in-law: Nita (Ron) Crabbe, Anne James, Louise (Bruce) Austin, and brothers-in-law: Bill (Rema) Attwood, Ed Hodder and Roger Kelsey.

Growing up in Rencontre East, Fortune Bay, Roy was a lover of nature, exploring eagles’ nests, taming crows and teaching them to talk, making friends with whiskeyjacks, and rescuing injured creatures, an interest he passed down to his grandchildren who loved to hear his stories over a game of cards, a family dinner, or a sleepover. They will treasure those memories. Roy and Inez enjoyed camping in Newfoundland in their trailer with their children, and later, their grandchildren. His travels included time with Inez and family in Florida, the Bahamas, and Barbados, and many adventures on Phil’s boats throughout the Caribbean and across the Atlantic from Europe.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family farewell and inurnment will take place on Monday, October 3.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Ryan and Dr. Noreen Fardy for their attentive care and home visits. We are grateful to the paramedics for their compassion, guidance and expertise during Dad’s final hours. We would also like to express our gratitude to Jordan Forsey for his steadfast support and kindness.



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Aunt Inez, Glenda, Gail, Bobby and family. So sorry to hear this sad news about Uncle Roy.
Our deepest condolences to all the family. May all your happy memories help you through this difficult time. Sending hugs and love always,
Debbie and Tony Scaplen

I’m so saddened to learn of Roy’s passing. For many years he was a wonderful neighbor on Borden Street. I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Bonnie Andrews

Sending you my sincere condolences on the loss of Roy. This is surely a name from the past. He was a friend of my late brother, John Diamond. I was surprised to learn that Muriel and Gerry were in laws. May your happy memories be with you in the days ahead.

So sorry to hear about Uncle Roy. Hopefully he is now with Dad (Hiram Keeping) and his other brothers in heaven. Sending love and hugs to Aunt Inez, Glenda, Gail and Bob, and their families.

So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Have many fond memories of “uncle “ Roy when he visited the Keeping home. Will be missed by everyone that knew him.

To Inez and all of the family members. We can’t imagine Brentwood without Roy. He was very special to us and we were saddened to hear of his passing.. our.chats were special and for those who listened they were enlightening. Rest In Peace old friend and every time we think of you we will smile.

Keeping family
Gerald and I send our deepest condolences please know you are all in our thoughts
Love Cathy and Gerald

We are saddened to hear of Mr. Keeping’s passing. He was a true gentleman and always kept us laughing with his stories and jokes. We will miss him. Our sincerest condolences to Mrs. Keeping and the family.
From Mr. Keeping’s friends at Audi St. John’s.

So sorry to hear of Uncle Roy’s passing. Condolences to the entire family.

We remember Mr. Keeping with love and respect, thinking of the many good conversations we had with him during family gatherings. His was a very close and supporting family, and our hearts go out to all of you in your time of mourning.

John and Ginny Ryan

We were deeply saddened to hear about Uncle Roy’s passing. The Keepings were a close family and we have many fond memories as children, when the families would get together. Uncle Roy and Aunt Inez hosted a graduation celebration for me and my family when I graduated from university. My first car was an old Pinto and we painted it in Uncle Roy’s meticulous garage on Borden Street. He couldn’t have been happy with the mess it caused, but he never said a negative word about it. Our thoughts are with Aunt Inez, Glenda, Gail and Bob at this difficult time.

Gail, Gerry and all of the Keeping family. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time. Sheri and Danny.

So saddened to hear of the passing of our dear uncle Roy. We have so many childhood memories of our families together – during holidays, vacations, camping trips, Uncle Roy’s Business stops in Gander, and throughout our early years together.. My thoughts are with Aunt Inez, Glenda, Gail, & Bob, during this difficult time. Much love, Heather J. Keeping (daughter of Hiram’s, Roy’s Brother)

Aunt Inez, Glenda, Gail, Bobby and your entire family, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news about Uncle Roy. Condolences to you and your family.

Aunt Inez and Family
So sad to hear of Uncle Roy’s passing. He was such a good friend to Mom and Dad and never missed a chance to visit with them when he could. Our thoughts are with you all.
Norm and Jeanette

We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Our sincere condolences to all.
Jens and Shirley Martin

Robert and Wanda , so sorry to hear of Mr. Keeping’s passing. Keep your memoirs close. Condolences to you and your family.
Ann and Dean Roebothan

Dear Inez and family,

We were saddened to learn that Roy has passed away. Please accept our deepest condolences on you loss.

Gordie & Eileen MacNab

Inez and Family –
We were so saddened to hear of Roy’s passing. We always enjoyed our chats with him when we would meet on our walks around Kenny’s Pond. Thinking of you all with deepest sympathy.

Sorry to hear if your fathers passing. Condolences to the family.

Inez and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Roy’s passing.
I admired the kind hearted man he was and admired his dedication to his chosen career.
We chatted often about our families and work related topics, thriving on feisty discussions for years.
I loved meeting you both on walks sometimes around Kenny’s Pond, a great chance to catch up on all our news..
His love for you Inez and his family was so evident in the years we worked together, he loved sharing stories about his children as they grew.
You are in my prayers in your time of mourning.
Take care.

My deepest condolences to you Glenda and your entire Family. Know you have many many wonderful memories to hold on to that will comfort you now and in the future.
God Bless
Janet (Granter) Butler.

Sending condolences to Inez and all the family. While I never met Mr. Keeping, I do recall my mom speaking of Roy & Inez often as mom & Inez are first cousins on the Hart side of the family. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

I’m so sorry for your loss Wanda and Robert my condolences to you and your family.

To Mrs. Keeping and family…..I was saddened to learn of Mr. Keeping’s passing. I enjoyed our chats over the years and was very fond of him. Thinking of you all at this time as you reflect on your precious memories. May he Rest In Peace.