Keens, Roland  Anthony

Keens, Roland Anthony "Bud"

April 25th, 2016

Peacefully at University Hospital surrounded by his daughters on Monday, April 25th, 2016. Beloved husband of Beverley Keens (nee Haennel) for 59 years. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Bud was the only son of Percy and Millie (Weist) Keens. Wonderful father of Kim (Paul Sherriff) of Guelph, Julie (Jeff Krause) of Kilworth, and Michele (Greg Parker) of Stouffville. Fun-loving and storytelling Grampa to Matthew (Ashley), Ryan and Andrew Sherriff, Benjamin and Lauren Krause and Chloe Parker.  Bud was one-of-kind: successful business man working for Union Gas for 40 years, a caring, kind, wonderful gentleman who never forgot the value of humility, hard-work and compassion. Bud enjoyed good food, good company and stimulating conversations around the dinner table. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of London West where he had the honour of being named a Paul Harris Fellow. Bud's retirement years were happy and busy which included some travelling and spending time with his family at the cottage on Lake Huron. Bud enjoyed his six grandchildren, delighting them with his boyhood stories around the campfire, flying kites, hikes and making any mundane task into an adventure. The last 8 years of Bud's life was spent in a courageous and inspiring fight against the progression of Alzheimer's disease. During this disease, Bud never lost his kind spirit, sense of humour or the ability to make his wife laugh. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the McCormick Home where Bud resided for the past 3.5 years. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. George Roman Catholic Parish, 1164 Commissioners Road West, London, on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the McCormick Home Foundation. 

Mourn me not

For in the warm sunshine reflecting off Lake Huron

Amidst the burning of embers of a campfire

And at different Rotary club projects in London

You will find me

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Book of Condolences

Sue MyersDear Julie and Family So sorry for the loss of your father, husband and grandfather. I know from hearing Julie talk of her dad, what a wonderful man he was. Hoping your many wonderful memories will help ease the pain of loss. Sue Myers
Amelia & Kathryn ScottBev & Family Please accept our condolences on the passing of your husband/father. It was an honor and privilege to have met such a great person. We will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.
Gina PimentelJulie and family, i am so sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy FennellKeep your warm memories close to your heart, for he will always be there with you!
The Bauer'sJulie, our condolences to your whole family, Your Dad certainly lived his life with a great presence and he will continue to be present in your lives through memories, stories and in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom TelferBev and family, we are sending our sincere condolences. We enjoyed great times with Bud, in Rotary and in Curling. We will always remember the laughs and smiles. Tom and Patricia
Mike & Freida MaloneDear Bev and Family A smile, a cheery hello from Bud at London West Rotary meetings are fondly remembered. Our sincere condolences, Mike & Freida
Greg ParkerAt home and at the cottage, Bud was always work first, then play. So now his work is done and he is resting, in front of a campfire, libation and cigar in hand, and chatting with friends and family. This is how I will always remember Bud. Relaxing after the days work. Rest in peace Bud - you have surely earned it.
Valerie Woods SawyerDear Keens family - my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I've met few others like him: full of life, curious about everyone he came into contact with, a great story teller and a great listener. Our family Sunday dinners were such a big part of my childhood. I have wonderful memories of great food and great fun. Bud was an exceptional husband, father and friend. His house full of girls brought him so much joy :) So sad that I cannot join you in the celebration of Bud's life. Hugs to you all. Val
Jane MastrandreaDear Bev To you and your beautiful family my heartfelt condolences. He was such a gentle lovely man and if only one could have bottled his incredible laugh. Your family devotion to him was an inspiraton to us. Perhaps they are not stars in the sky by openings in the sky for our loved ones to shine upon us to let us know they are at peace.(Eskimo legend)
Ken McKinleyKim, Julie & Michele and families, our family is saddened to learn of the passing of your Dad. Bud is remembered by our group as very involved & engaged, yet always had time to share a laugh! We will be thinking of you as you celebrate his life this weekend. Ken, Bob, Lisa, Peter McKinley & families
Gloria LaythorpeBev & family Bud was my first boss at Union Gas in Guelph when he was Manager there , a great person to work with couldn't have asked for anyone better.He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Just remember time heals all. .My prayers and thoughts are with you. Gloria
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