Keith A. “Keke” MacDonald

November 21st, 2013

Keith A. MacDonald, fondly known to his family and friends as “Keke”, age 50, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

  Keith was born on December 31, 1962 in Boston, MA.  He was the loving son of Norma (Keefe) MacDonald and Angus (Tulloch) MacDonald.  Keith grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1980. 

During his high school days as a “Wilmington Wildcat”, Keith played football, hockey, baseball, and basketball.  Keith got along well with his coaches as well as his teammates and classmates; he was very outgoing and a friend to all. When he wasn’t playing sports, Keith was busy coaching; whether it was with the little league team “Dodgers” with his brother Jack or All Star girls basketball or the girls traveling basketball team with his friend Bob, Keith was always there to lend a hand.  Keith undoubtedly loved to teach children and to give all kids a chance; he was a great role model to those he coached. 

 Keith was very proud to be an American and to serve his country in the Army National Guard for more than 10 years.  He was honorably discharged as the rank of Staff Sergeant on January 17, 1992 and often spoke of the respect he had for the young men and women that serve our country today.

Keith was a hard worker, for many years he was a tunnel worker throughout the city of Boston for Union Local #88 in Quincy.  His work ethic and dedication to his job made him a favorite amongst his co-workers.

 Keith was a man of great faith; he loved his God and was a true believer.  In his early years he was an active communicant of St. Thomas Church in Wilmington and a member of the Fr. Croke Council #4982 Knights of Columbus.  Over the past decade or so, Keith became a member of the Open Door Baptist Church in Belmont where his dear friend Bob Butler is the Pastor.  Keith really enjoyed being a member of the church and with the help of Pastor Bob and his family he was able to strengthen his faith which has sustained him throughout his illness, never giving up hope.

Keith was a “character”, he had a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile.  Keith enjoyed “hanging out” with friends, he was an avid Boston sports fan who loved to watch or take in a game as often as possible, and let’s not forget his love of Karaoke; Keith could certainly belt out a tune.

Keith will definitely be remembered as a wonderful and devoted son, brother, and uncle; not only to his own nieces and nephews but to their friends as well.  Keith’s kindness and caring ways was also spread amongst a large extended family and countless friends.  He will be forever missed by all. 

Keith was the beloved son of Norma (Keefe) MacDonald and Angus MacDonald of Wilmington, dear brother of John “Jack” MacDonald and his wife Lori of Reading, Tami MacDonald of Billerica, and Greg MacDonald and his wife Elena of Kiev, Ukraine, loving uncle of Kara, Nicolas, Maria, Matthew, Cameron, Alex, Rachael, Audrey, and Malcolm.  Keith is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

 Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Keith’s life on Monday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Interment with Military Honors will follow  in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, November 24th from 3-7 p.m. 

 Memorial donations in Keith’s name may be made to the Open Door Baptist Church, 300 Pleasant St., Belmont, MA  02478.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Keith A. “Keke” MacDonald”

  1. Catherine Steele says:

    So sad to read about Keith’s passing, he was such a nice person. Deepest sympathy to all the family. Love and prayers- Catherine Steele & family

  2. Norm & MJ Zarella says:

    Norma & Family, Our prayers are with you at this time. We all have a special place in our hearts for Keith. He is now at peace with God and our faith will keep us strong as we remember a dear & special friend.
    Love you all, Norm & MJ

  3. Jenna Kelly-Geary says:

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Keith’s family at this difficult time. The earth may have lost a son, brother, uncle & friend but heaven has gained a special angel. He will be missed, but NEVER forgotten!

  4. Karen and Gerry O'Reilly says:

    Tami and family, we are sorry hear about the loss of your brother. Please know you are in our thoughts.

  5. Joanne Valente says:

    Prayers to the family of KeKe. I will forever remember and treasure his smile and great spirit from our high school days. He was a friend to us all.
    May he rest in peace now.

  6. Beth and Bill Jouris says:

    Our family remembers Keith today for the kind person that he was. Our memories of his presence, recently as our bartender at our 50th wedding anniversary last August 2012 and all the times at our horseshoe events, makes all of his military buddies/wives stand tall and how proud we all are to say what a great guy Keith was to all of us. He will certainly be missed, now and forever.

  7. Frank West says:

    To the MacDonald Family –
    Karen and I are sadden by Keith’s passing. We offer our deepest sympathies and will keep Keith in our prayers throughout the holiday season. Best regards. Frank West

  8. Donald & Lois MacDonald says:

    We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your son, Keith. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family at this sad time.
    Don & Lois (Miramichi) MacDonald

  9. John Harris says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. I will always remember his great outlook on life, his smile and his courage. Norma, Jack, Tami and Greg, I pray that God will comfort you at this difficult time.

  10. Barbara Gillespie says:

    So sorry to hear of Keith’s passing Rember the early days of the boy’s playing hockey My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Norma With sincere condolences Barbara Gillespie and family

  11. Brian Meuse says:

    I was so sad to hear of Keith’s passing. What a great person he was. We had lots of fun times together in high school. My fondest memories of Keith come from the Little League years. He coached the Dodgers and I coached the Reds. He was a great role model for the kids. I really enjoyed playing his team. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. John Gerhartz says:

    Jack and Family, so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing, Its been a long time since I seen him and did not know he was ill. I use to work at GE in Lynn, many years ago and remember him and Jack. May God bless Keith and may he rest in peace. John

  13. Patty says:

    So sorry for the loss of such a great, happy, guy. Keep his spirit alive and never forget his smile. Always keep the memories alive in your hearts.

    We love you !
    Patty Budryk.
    George Ferdinand

  14. George Ferdinand, Patty Budryk says:

    Was there on the 1st week of September and saw Keith twice. Shocked and saddened with the rapid decline of his health. Norma, Jack, Greg, Tammy, Angus and all the family, you have been so good to me over the years. Thank you so much, May God’s comfort and peace be with you at this time and forever. I will miss Keith more as the years go by…Love George & Patty

  15. Pat Taylor says:

    Heaven has one VERY SPECIAL angel. I don’t think I need to say anything more than he has a very special place in so very many hearts, mine included! My love and deepest condolences to all of you. Pat.

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