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Allan Keyes

Allan Keyes

Friday, May 4th, 1934 Sunday, January 26th, 2020

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Obituary for Allan Keyes

Allan D. Keyes, 85, of Somers, beloved husband to Barbara Keyes, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Evergreen Health Care Center. Born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 4, 1934, he was the son of the late George and Lea (Bouvier) Keyes. Allan served in the US Army from 1957 to 1958. He lived in Enfield and Somers, CT. For most of his career, he worked as an Electrician and Supervisor for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. Allan volunteered with several organizations to enrich the lives of young people. As a certified American Red Cross Water Safety instructor, he taught swimming to Boy Scouts at Fermi pool for many years. He also volunteered as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Allan loved bicycles and wanted all kids to have one – after he retired, he took on a project to rebuild bicycles for children at the West Hartford School for the Deaf.
Allan was predeceased by his sister Joan Keyes O’Connor and brother Thomas Keyes. Besides his devoted wife Barbara of 34 years, he leaves four daughters, Elaine Keyes of Northampton, MA, Sharon Barrett and her husband Kevin of Shrewsbury, MA, Jacqueline Stiles and her husband David Fusco of Coventry, RI, and Cynthia Waters and her husband Michael of West Chesterfield, NH; his step-children, Robert Tarascio and his significant other Val Mercey of Windsor Locks, Lynn Schiessl and her husband Carl of Windsor Locks, and Stephen Tarascio and his wife Cynthia of South Windsor; his grandchildren Zachary, Samuel, and William Stiles, Lea Fusco, Cassandra, Nicola, and John Barrett, Sophie and Madeline Waters, Lindsay Zaczynski and her husband Matthew, Stephanie Hannaford and her husband Andrew, Amanda Schiessl, Joseph Tarascio and his wife Taylor, and Michael Tarascio; and 5 great-grandchildren.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 10:30 AM to 11:30AM on Thursday, January 30, 2020 followed immediately by a Funeral Service with Military Honors at 11:30 AM at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield. Burial will be held privately for family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Home Helper’s Home Care and Athena Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Allan and the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
For online condolences, please visit www.leetestevens.com.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
    10:30am - 11:30am
  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
    11:30am
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery, Windsor Locks
    Spring St.
    Windsor Locks, CT
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Paula Labbe-Fahy

Elaine, Sharon, Jackie and Cissy -. I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your dad. My thoughts are with each of you. Love, Paula Fahy
Comment | Posted at 01:18pm via Condolence

Sandy Kates

So sorry to hear of Allen's passing. Prayers and thoughts being sent your way.
Comment | Posted at 05:56pm via Condolence
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Scott Brady

There are many things I am going to miss about Uncle Allen.
I will miss his love of debate – anytime anywhere and the louder the better. Regardless of my age he always challenged me to explain and defend my point/position. He was always looking for a good verbal brawl. I was able to learn quite a bit about splitting hairs from Unk, much to the chagrin of Mom and Dad.
How cool an Uncle he was.
• For as long as I can remember, he had a huge workroom full of used/abandoned/broken bicycles and bike parts that he would repair and donate to kids in need. This bike warehouse supplied more than one coaster brake or other part needed to repair one of the Brady kids bikes.
• He was somewhat of an audiophile and his encouragement/needling/advice led my Dad to buy a stereo that he recommended for our home. Tuner, receiver, a BIG amp and HUGE speakers. Those three foot high speakers were the envy of all my friends and they were loud. We only really cranked it up when our parents were out and I can remember in the middle of winter, with both houses sealed up due to the cold, our neighbor Mrs. Lonergan telling my Mom that her windows were rattling and they could sing-a-long with all the tunes we had played earlier that day.
• He had that cool organ that always fascinated me. We’d always have him create a new work – add some snare, throw in horns - and play a little diddy for us. That organ was awesome.
• He gave us an electric bass guitar and showed me how to play the opening riff from “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. Sadly, when the bass moved on many years later, all I could play was the opening riff from “Smoke on the Water.”
• His swimming lessons. Not only did he provide the Brady kids with swimming lessons, he was there to do the same for our children.
I am incredibly thankful to him for the friendship he shared with my father.
• Most people think they met as students in trade school but they actually lived four houses away from each other on Rose Street in Hartford in 1940 when they were 5 year olds.
• They graduated a year apart from Hartford State Technical School’s electrical program and went into business as contractors when they formed the Elco Electric Company. Dad said it was never hard to get work but it was not so easy getting paid.
• With children being born in both families a stable income source became critical and Uncle Allen led the way, getting hired by the Connecticut Highway Department, now the Connecticut Department of Transportation, to repair traffic and street lights. Dad followed shortly thereafter and worked there until his death in 1991.
• He always made my Dad laugh. Dad wasn’t a belly laugher. He had a subtle chuckle that let you know he was amused and whenever he and Uncle Allen got together, you were sure to hear him chuckle repeatedly. Once together the two of them would get sly smiles and mischievous twinkles in their eyes. Uncle Allen would take the lead with his razor sharp wit and they would entertain everyone.
One of my favorite memories of Uncle Allen and Dad revolves around Uncle Allen talking my father into taking the Red Cross lifeguard course. I’m not sure how he got Dad to agree to this, I’m sure there was some plan for the two of them to become the best swimming instructor team in the area. And while Uncle Allen keep a pretty busy non-work schedule, Dad basically worked, and worked some more, and was not very interested in commitments for his little free time. So I’m not sure Dad was very invested in the idea or the course.
I know Uncle Allen was either in the course or assisting with the teaching of the course because he and Dad would go together each week and then come to the house afterwards. The day came for the final practical exam and off they went to the pool. When they arrived back at the house latter that day, an audience of my Mom and us kids gathered to welcome our newly minted lifeguards.
Uncle Allen and Dad were at opposite ends of the kitchen table, each with a hot cup of tea, while we were all asking about the test. Suddenly Uncle Allen, loudly and with grumpiest tone he could muster, exclaimed, “He failed! No, really, he failed! Harold, tell ‘em, tell ‘em what you did!” Before my father could even open his mouth, Uncle Allen continued on for him, “He was doing great until the last evolution. You have to dive into the pool, swim to a victim, and tow them to the shallow end. They team you up and you play the victim and then you play the rescuer. Your Dad got paired with this really big muscular guy. Your Dad is the victim and the guy dives in, gets your Dad in the proper hold and starts swimming to the shallow end. Except he’s not moving at all, so he starts churning even harder, they still can’t move, now he’s thrashing around and he still can’t get to the shallow end. That’s when they realize your Dad, the knucklehead, has his foot hooked on the ladder out of the deep end. They failed him on the spot!” At this point my Dad lets loose with a hearty chuckle and he and Uncle Allen and the rest of us are smiling and laughing.
I’m not sure why that story has resonated with me so much since hearing of Uncle Allen’s death. I think it reminds me of how despite how rough and grumpy he may have presented at times, he was a truly funny and caring man.
Rest easy Uncle.
Scott Brady
Comment | Posted at 11:22am via Condolence
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To Amanda and family, with our sympathy for your loss,
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