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This is the verse you grave for me: “Here is where he longed to be, Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.”
Requiem Stanza 2 _ authored by Robert Louis Stevenson
William T. Keating passed away on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at home after an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 5, 1930, in New York City, the son of William T. and Ruth (Leafman) Keating. He moved to the Fly Creek area with his family in 1948.
Bill is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Evelyn.
He leaves daughters, Anne Olivia and her husband, Donald Richter of Palm Harbor, Fla., Martha Jean Domermuth of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Elizabeth Marie and her husband, Charles Schultz of Utica.
He also leaves a son, William Thomas Keating and his wife, Kelly of Battle Creek, Mich. Bill is also survived by 11 cherished grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Bill was a United States Navy veteran. He proudly served his country from January 1951 through November 1954.
He was stationed on the ship U.S.S. Libra, homeport Norfolk, Va.
Bill and his dad had a dairy farm on Keating Road. He also was a logger and a construction worker in the Utica area.
In later years he worked for the Town of Otsego as an equipment operator. He retired in 1985.
Bill enjoyed a full life and rarely had a time that he wasn’t involved in some activity, at home of at his workplace.
Bill was a good man and will be greatly missed by those who loved him.
A memorial service will be held at the Fly Creek Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
Memorial remembrances may be made to Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Published on  December 30, 2010
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