William 'Chip' Francis Keeny, III

william 'chip' keeny, iii
WILLIAM 'CHIP' KEENY III William Francis 'Chip' Keeny III, 50, of Pearl St Clinton, passed away suddenly April 9, 2008 in Middlesex Hospital. Chip was born in New Haven March 14, 1958 a son of the late William F. and Beverly Beecher Keeny, Jr. and was a master carpenter and proprieter of Chip Keeny Custom Carpentry, of Clinton since 1993. He will be remembered for his love of cooking, fishing, and sports cars. He is survived by his sisters and their husbands, Ethel (David) Rupp of Hamden, Kathryn (Kenneth) McIntyre of New Haven, Elizabeth (Gilbert) Rivera of Hamden. Nieces and nephews are Jennifer Tressel, Kenneth McIntyre Jr., Kellie Crouch, Kimberlee McIntyre, Amanda & Adam Rivera, 1 great niece and 3 great nephews. Chip is also survived by 2 dear friends John Canali and Rick Kaiser. Friends may visit with his family Monday April 14, from 4-8pm at BEECHER & BENNETT 2300 WHITNEY AVE HAMDEN. A rememberance service will be at 7:30pm. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to THE AMERCIAN HEART ASSOCIATION

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  1. Chip, I have so many, many dear memories of the nearly 20 years we spent together. I truly can’t believe you are gone. I will always keep you in my heart. We were lovers and friends. I am sorry that I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. We began our life together on Whalley Ave when I was in college. You always feed me something special, and we had no money at all! When we met, you had Jake the cat, and for me, we soon had another cat, Elwood – who became the Blues Kitties. Remember sneaking into the New Haven Country club to swim in the middle of the night? All those wild times when we were young! Thank you. The Victorian house we bought together in Clinton became the most beautiful home, and it was because of your love and tireless efforts. I remember how rough it was at the start! Then, all the hours spent working on every detail – the carpentry, the trim, the floors, the paint, the porches, the roof, the gardens, the lawn, and more! Even the birds and lightening bugs in the shade grove love it there. I dream about it all the time. I searched for something poetic to share, which would express the deep sadness I feel at your passing: ‘The light of the stars that were extinguished ages ago still reach us. So is it with great men who have passed, but still reach us with the radiations of their personality.’ Chip, you will always be remembered. Love, Cheryl

  2. Chippy Jordan, Again, you leave me speechless! Like the song says .Remember When. I hold a lot of memories very close to my heart. I will always carry a part of with me. Oh yeah, my basketball is as terrible as ever. I’m going to buy a basketball hoop;so I can practice with the kids. I never really got a chance to thank you for all you did for Jenn. She loves you like a dad, you were her Dad. She will miss you terribly! Like always I run on .Lucy Time., I didn’t get to her in time for the services. As she put it, she has lost one of her parents’ her .dad. without saying goodbye. All she has left is a mom and a father. So my friend go and rest in peace, for there is no more.barbed wire.

  3. Chippy, I will always be thankful and greatful for the life lessons you taught me, the laughs, the crys,the unforgettable moments and so much more. You saved me from a wrong a crooked life and for that I will forever be touched and greatful. I will always carry what you taught me for the rest of my life and teach my children and my childrens childrens. You will always be in my heart and I know some day we will be together again. I will miss your laugh, your cooking, and free spirit but most of all your love. Your’re my hero and I love you more than anything! Until we me again Chippy, I love you

  4. Dear Uncle Chip, I will never forget all the great times I shared with you. Getting together for the holidays were the best. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten. You are with your parents now. Please look over my family and be our gaurdian angle. I love you and you will always be in my prayers

  5. I was saddened to hear about Chips passing and will remember you all in my prayers. I have many fond memories of playing basket ball and catch with Chip in my childhood.

  6. I was so sorry to hear of Chipper’s passing. It has been many years but i still remember all the fun times we had as kids on Ferry Street. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

  7. My Dear Dear Friend, I miss you terribbly.You have been so helpful to me in all aspects of my life. I’m so sorry I was not with you on Tuesday evening. I’ll never forget our40 yaers of knowing each other.

  8. My goodness, Chip, my prom date, my high school sweetheart, my christmas memories, my volkswagon hero, it’s amazing that so many years have passed. When I think back to my teens I think of Chip and Beth, John, John and Heidi. I have told many stories to my son of the roadtrips, the hurricane parties, the concerts, the friendships. John’s vw bus, the sea wall, so so many. Thank you Chip I have wonderful pictures and warm memories. I hope your life was great! love to you! Beth

  9. My wonderful brother-I don’t understand… one minutes living life joyously and the next you are gone. My saving grace is that you were not alone and now you’re with Mom & Dad. Ethel, Kathi and I will try to make you proud of us… but we always leaned on you and now we have to handle this on our own. I am grateful for these last 3 years with you and for all the wonderful fun we’ve had. Thanks for beating up the mean boys when I was a kid and always looking out for your little sister. My life is changed forever – how will I survive? All I need is one more bear hug and to hear you say .Hey Lizzy….. you are forever in my heart and may almighty God Bless you and keep you safe. Your sister – Liz

  10. Our dear neighbor, friend and as baby Niklas knew you… .Uncle Chippy., we have been forever changed by your friendship. You have been a terrific neighbor to us over these past three years. Always a mentor, someone we could count on, call upon, joke with, laugh with, someone we could trust. You have been such a big presence in our lives. A true craftsman, we will never be able to walk in our house and not remember all that you have done for us. We are still in disbelief that you are no longer on the other side of that fence. We will always hold true the nice afternoon we had with you on Tuesday – sharing hamburgers and stories on your patio, laughing at the hula dancer in your van, putting the cover on your MG, raking leaves. It was one of the nicest days we had in a long time – but yet – cut too short. We’re truly saddened that there will be no more warm afternoons doing yardwork together or working on one of our houses, the smell of brisket over the fence, Comet chasing you down the driveway, joking with you. We’ve had many good times Chip and made some great memories that we will always cherish. We really miss you. All our love – David, Kelly and Niklas Anderson (Comet & Munchkin too).

  11. We are sorry to hear of Chip’s Passing. He did work for us, gave advice, and shared many a pleasant chat. The neighborhood will miss him.

  12. I wrote this poem the last time Chip emailed me after I moved out west. All that is left is the time zone between us promises…never spoken but we still hold so dear in our hearts late at night when we are all alone when loves spirit and renewal slowly fades there can be no proper burial the fragments and reminders drift into the litany of night sounds as we lay trying to sleep the tree frogs as they sing their lanquid melody the lone loon as she crys over silent waters the clock is held until dawn breaks. I knew Chip for a very short time but he certainly left an imprint on my heart. I did not know that he had passed until recently. Jan

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