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White Plains Veteran, Edward O'Keefe Dies at 69

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Edward J. "Jack" O'Keefe, of White Plains died Dec. 13 after a brief illness. He was 69.

The son of Edwina Secor O'Keefe and Edward J. O'Keefe, he attended Stepinac High School where he played football. O'Keefe then attended Cornell University, where he majored in engineering.

He served in the US Army from June of 1965 until his discharge in May of 1967, when he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Most his time in the Army was spent overseas in South Korea.

After his discharge, O'Keefe worked for the New York Telephone Company until his retirement. He was an avid golfer and got to play in Ireland when he visited with his father in the early 1980's, one of his most cherished memories.

O'Keefe also enjoyed fishing and would make trips out to Canada with friends to ice fish. He spent many hours volunteering at the American Legion Post 135, where he was a member.

Surviving are his sisters Kathleen (Jim) Burns and Peggy (Luigi) Diaco, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Edwina in February of 1999 and his father Edward Sr. in April of 1985.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains. A service will follow at 2 p.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Church in White Plains with a private interment.

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