George W. Keddie Jr., age 72, of Windham, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on February 23, 2015, following a courageous with cancer.
George was born in Boston, MA on July 15, 1942; he was the cherished only son of George W. and Gertrude C. (Boyan) Keddie. George was raised in Dorchester and a graduate of Boston Latin High School.
Following graduation, George was drafted into the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and started active duty on May 21, 1964. George’s education included Sharpshooting and Medical Corpsman; he used his skills while serving overseas. George was honorably discharged on May 14, 1966, after proudly serving his country and returned home to his family.
A couple of years after returning home from active duty, George met the “love of his life” Geraldine Adams; the couple married on October 7, 1972 and made their home in Quincy, MA. While working hard for his family, George decided to go back to school to continue his education; George enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Programming and Systems Analysis.
George took a position as a Systems Analyst for the Gillette Company in South Boston; George’s work ethic and extensive knowledge made him a great asset to the company. George finally retired following many years of dedicated service.
George and Geraldine made their home in Wilmington for more than 15 years where they raised two wonderful children, Matthew and Bridget. George was very devoted to his family, his love was unconditional; he enjoyed every moment spent with them, and always beamed with pride when he spoke of them. Following his retirement, George and Geraldine moved to New Hampshire where they could be closer to their children and grandchildren Jeffrey and Ashley,whom they adored.
George was known to be a man of great faith; while living in Wilmington, George was an active communicant of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and when he moved to Windham, NH he became very involved at St. Matthew’s Church. George’s love of God, Country, and family sustained him through many difficult times and taught him to reach out and help others in need.
In his spare time, George enjoyed golfing, reading, especially science fiction novels, and volunteering his time and talents to help others.
George will be fondly remembered as a “great guy”, helpful, generous, and most of all loving. George was always there lending a hand or an ear for his family, friends, or anyone in need; he was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all.
George was the beloved husband of Geraldine F. (Adams) Keddie, devoted father of Matthew Keddie of Windham, NH and Bridget Gray & her husband James of Derry, NH, loving “Grandpa” of Jeffrey and Ashley Gray, cherished son of the late George W. Sr. and Gertrude C. (Boyan) Keddie, dear brother of Barbara McManus of Plymouth, MA and Mary Louise Hainsworth of Florida. George is also survived by several brother and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte.62), Wilmington on Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.