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.