William Thomas Keegan, 74, of Pennsylvania died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Born March 15, 1943, in Bronx, N.Y., he was one of six children of the late Frank and Kathryn Noonan Keegan.
He married Sue A. Rothhar in 1964 and they were married for more than 50 years and were especially devoted to each other. For 18 years he managed the 650-acre farm of his wife’s family near Bellefontaine.
He was the proud father of five children, Laura (Dave) Ellingwood, Anne (Mark) Flaherty, Carrie (Jim) Clement, Katie (Rob (deceased in 2013) Roos and the late Bill Keegan Jr.; and grandfather of seven, Madison, Jack, Megan, Ray, Frank, Deirdre and Kayla.
A 1960 graduate of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., he was a gifted athlete who received recognition and was named to the all-county and all-state teams in football and basketball. He attended Ohio State University, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
He worked a variety of jobs to put himself through school including managing charter flights for UD students from the New York/New Jersey area to delivering milk on Cape Cod during summer breaks.
He had a diverse career in business with 22 years at U.S. Steel, starting in sales and marketing and later served as director of corporate strategic planning and managing director of the specialty steel division. As director of asset redeployment, he managed and negotiated the sale of 18 business units raising $1.3 billion in capital. With downsizing of U.S. Steel continuing, Bill moved on to a private investment company to pursue growth through acquisitions. He then negotiated the purchase and participated in the management of three steel centers and four heat treating companies. Always the entrepreneur, in 1993, Bill bought Process Development and Control Inc., an industrial valve manufacturing company in Coraopolis, Pa. He successfully managed its progress for 22 years, selling the business in 2015. He was very proud that the buyer retained all his employees, facilities and operating assets.
While a sales representative for U.S. Steel and a resident of Lima, he was elected to the city council and served two terms. He also served 30 years on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania.
Bill was a member of the Duquesne Club and the St. Clair Country Club, both in Pittsburgh, and La Playa Golf and Beach Club in Naples, Fla. He and his wife were charter members of the Art Society of the Duquesne Club.
Bill was an active and devoted member of his church having served as a lector, president of the Parish Council in Cleveland, as well as a Curcilla organizer and facilitator (DeColores). He was an active member of the La Playa Men’s Golf Fellowship in Naples, Fla.
In addition to a great pride in his family and his love of sports, Bill cherished his friendships with neighbors and friends in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, and especially his Bergen Catholic High School buddies and “the Naples Golf Guys.” In addition to his winning smile and wry sense of humor, Bill will be remembered for his motivation to help others, his positive attitude and his encouragement of others to do their best. He was admired, loved and well-respected and touched the lives of many in his lifetime. Bill’s devotion to his family, community and church are examples for us all.
Deus vult (Latin for God wills it).
Calling is from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 26, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, in the William Slater II Funeral Service, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh. Mass of Christian burial is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, in St.
Bernard’s Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, www.bgcwpa.org.
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