Robert J. Keggins, 82, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Robert J. Keggins, 82, Watertown, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

Robert was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Watertown, the son of the late James J. and M. Alice McConnell Keggins and was a 1957 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy.

On Oct. 3, 1957, he entered the US Navy and served mostly aboard the USS Hawkins, a Navy destroyer. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 3, 1959.

On April 15, 1961, he married Antoinette J. “Ann” Dilello at Holy Family Church.

Robert was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, a member of its Holy Name Society, and served as an Eucharistic Minister. He enjoyed volunteering at church functions especially the chicken barbeques and he was a dedicated bingo worker. He was a member of the American Legion, Felts Mills until it closed and then became a life member of the American Legion, Brownville. Robert was a former member of the Northside Improvement League, a 47 year member of the National Campers and Hikers Assoc. (NCHA), and a 55 year member of the American Bowling Congress (ABC) and held several offices in each. He loved to bowl and was an honorary member of the 300 and the 700 Clubs through the ABC.

Robert enjoyed camping, fishing, home improvements, wood crafts, bird feeding, playing different puzzle games on the computer, and was an avid NASCAR fan.

But most of all, loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and family.

Along with his wife Ann, Robert is survived by his four children and their spouses, Roberta A. and David Sullivan, Rodman, Timothy P. and Sandra Keggins, Forest Hill, MD, Jon Paul and Julie Keggins, Watertown, and Darin J. and Stephanie Keggins, Watertown; eight grandchildren, Jessika, Mathew, Ethan, Maureen, Hanna, Kaitlyn, Kristen, and Cole; two sisters, Anne and Robert Fisher, KY and Joan Nottell, GA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother, John, and a sister, Sally Allen.

Calling hours will be held 10 a.m. to noon  Thursday, March 25, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, with a prayer service at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Frank Natale presiding. Burial will be at his family’s convenience in Glenwood Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St. or SPCA of Jefferson County, PO Box 531, both in Watertown, NY 13601.