Dr. William F. Keish Jr., 76, of Glastonbury, CT, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Bill grew up in Manchester, CT, on a dairy farm, son of the late William & Georgiana (Peabody) Keish.
Dr. Keish practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years, owning and operating Glastonbury Veterinary Hospital for much of his career. Bill was an active member of 4-H throughout his life. He showed dairy cows growing up, and shared his passion for cows with his children and grandchildren as a member of the Belted Galloway Association. He was an active member of Hartford County 4-H Camp board and a 4-H volunteer for over 40 years.
Bill was an active member of Buckingham Congregational Church, where he served as a Deacon and found great friendships through his group the Bible Nuts.
Bill was also a long-time fan and supporter of UConn basketball.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy (King) and his sister Barbara Poirot of Dallas, GA. He is also survived by his three children: Brian Keish and his wife Rachael; Dawn Neese and her husband Aaron; and Laura Sprague and her husband Steve.
He was “Papa” to seven grandchildren, who were his pride and joy: Michael, Camden, Steven, Brayden, Caitlin, Noah, and Jocelyn. He supported all of their endeavors, including sporting events, 4-H fairs and cattle shows, and academics, and was incredibly proud of all their accomplishments.
The family is eternally grateful for the wonderful extra 17 years he was given thanks to the generous gift from his kidney donor, Robin.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations in William’s memory to your choice of two charities that were important to him:
Hartford County 4-H Camp, P.O. Box 444, Enfield, CT 06083 (860) 295-9444 or Buckingham Congregational Church 16 Cricket Lane Glastonbury, CT 06033 (860) 633-7992
The family will receive friends at Buckingham Congregational Church in Glastonbury from 2-4:00PM on Sunday, November 11, 2018. A funeral service will be held at the church on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10:30AM. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Please sign the online memorial guestbook at www.manchesterfh.com
Buckingham Congregational Church
16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury CT 06033
Hartford County 4-H Camp
P. O. Box 444, Enfield CT 06083