Kevin Keeley

Obituary of Kevin Keeley


DECEMBER 11, 1950 - OCTOBER 6, 2017


Irreverent, thoughtful, generous, stylish, a born entertainer and a straight shooter.  Family, friendships, faith and a persistent inability to make a long story short defined his quirky and engaging nature.


Whether at Prego, the Baysville dump, Cannes, the Beverley Hills Hotel or his Yorkville tailor, Kevin forged connections everywhere.  Blessed with a prodigious memory, Kevin could tell stories from Oakville in the 1950’s with as much detail and colour as if it were yesterday.


During a 25-year career at Paramount Pictures, he crisscrossed the globe selling and schmoozing.


Kevin had definite opinions on cleaning products, weed whacking, truck maintenance and aged scotch.


A Lake of Bays enthusiast, he had an artist’s eye for the beauty of the natural world and a deep appreciation for art, architecture and design.  His wardrobe was replete with red socks, pink trousers, starched white dress shirts, orange suede Tod’s and Locke & Co hats.


A drummer in his youth, his musical tastes ranged from baroque to R&B.


Faced with the tardiness of his wife and daughter, his standard line was: “I’ve showered, shaved, fed the cats and cut the lawn. I’m ready to go.”


He died peacefully Friday morning with his wife Viki Mansell and daughter Whitney by his side and is now happily reunited with his beloved son Griffin.  His siblings Sean (Helen), Shelagh and Reenie (Anthony Farquharson), niece and nephews remember him with great fondness.  Our angel Pat Quisao was central to his life and Kevin loved her dearly.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin’s memory could be made to Covenant House (  Our sincere thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Myers at Bridgepoint.


A funeral mass will be held in ST. BASIL’S CHURCH, 50 St. Joseph Street, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017.