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Robert H. Keith

April 4, 1921 October 7, 2009
Robert H. Keith
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St. Albans – Robert H. Keith, 88, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 7, 2009, at the home of his daughter, Jan Young, following a lengthy illness. He was born in Houlton, Maine, April 4, 1921 the son of the late Robert H. Keith, Sr., and Vera (Merrithew) Keith. On December 4, 1949, Robert married Leona Higgins in Houlton, Maine. She died July 5, 2008. Robert lived in Vero Beach, FL for 27 years. After moving from Vero Beach, he wintered with his daughter, Judy in Franklin, TN, and summered with daughter, Jan in St. Albans. He worked in sales at Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company for 25 years and was later a realtor at Peterson Realty in Falmouth, Maine. He also worked in various capacities at Roimar Country Club in Vero Beach, Florida. He served his country in the United States Air Force during WWII. He was a member of the St. Andrews Society, Past President of the New England Square Dance Association and a former member of the Elks Club in Houlton, Maine. Bob enjoyed woodworking and golf as well as cooking, sailing, reading, and working in his garden. Robert is survived by a son and his wife, Mark and Mindy Keith of Standish, Maine; two daughters and their husbands, Jan and Jeff Young of St. Albans, Judy and Richard Sandstrom of Franklin, TN; , a daughter-in-law, Jan Keith of Durham, ME, widow of Bob’s son, Wayne Keith. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Jamie Sinclair, Jay Young, Sarah Trahan, Jon Young, Shelli Young, Mitchell and Matthew Keith, C.J. Sandstrom and Shelby Sandstrom; nine great grandchildren; Gadge, Keith, Kendra, Nicole, Lynn, Jenna, Aaron, Hudson, and Hunter; five sisters-in-law; Ethel and Earl Hawkins of Boynton Beach, FL, Alene and Richard Call of Vero Beach, FL, Glennice Stevens and her boyfriend, Frank D’Alessandro of Hartford, CT; Rowena Circo of Ponte Verde, FL., and A.J. and Dave Record of Maui, Hawaii and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife of 58 years, Leona, he was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Keith in October of 2007 and a brother-in-law, Henry Higgins. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Congregational Church in St. Albans. Pastor Judith Steger Kennedy will officiate. Robert’s family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service and a reception in the church parlor will follow the service. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. The Heald Funeral Home is assisting Robert’s family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family through www.healdfuneralhome.com

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