1918 – 2021
Keith passed away peacefully at Winston Park LTC in Kitchener, surrounded by family, on April 29th, 2021 at the age of 102.
Beloved husband of Phyllis (nee Taylor; died 2016) for 69 years. Cherished father of Charmian (Hong), Janet (Peter) MacNeil and Philip (Cornelia). Gramps of six grandchildren (David, Sarah, Keith, John, Taylor, Christina), eight great grandchildren and one step great grandchild.
Keith was born on September 22, 1918 in Saint John NB, son of Hugh and Lily Patrick. He had eight brothers.
Keith served in the R.C.A.F. from 1940 to 1945 as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. He did a full tour of duty in North Africa with R.A.F. 108 Squadron and was on a second tour with R.C.A.F. 427 Squadron when his Halifax bomber was shot down over NE France six days after D-Day. Seriously injured, he was hidden by brave villagers and nursed back to health. He retired from the Air Force in February 1945 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
Keith and Phyllis were married on June 29th, 1946 in Lynn, Massachusetts.
He had a successful career as a Purchasing Manager with Ford Motor Co. in Saint John, Canadair in Montreal and Fleet Manufacturing and Horton-CBI in Fort Erie.
A funeral will be held once pandemic restricts allow. Arrangements are entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, (519) 749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Keith’s memorial.
“To the Stars”