Ronald J. Keddie, 64, of Sheridan, died Wednesday (June 27, 2012) at Brooks Memorial Hospital, unexpectedly.
He was born in Silver Creek, September 16, 1947, son of the late Robert and Esther (Bartlett) Keddie.
He was veteran of Viet Nam serving with the US Navy from 1967-70 and received the National Defense Service Medal.
Ron was an employee of Robert Basil Chevrolet, a NYS Fire Instructor for over 30 years, and worked at Children's Safety Village. He was a retired employee of American Axle/General, past employee of the Rail Road, IPSCO Well Drilling, and Cobb Ambulance.
His memberships include Sheridan Methodist Church; a 41-year member of Sheridan Fire Department, where he served as chief for two terms, a past president, and three terms as Fire Commissioner; past member of Silver Creek Emergency Squad; Sheridan VFW Post #6390; Fourth Ward Falcon Club; First Ward Falcon Club, Kosciuszko Club; Moniuszko Club; Dom Polski Club; Dunkirk Firemen's Exempt Club; Fredonia American Legion Post #59, Fredonia Beaver Club; Montour Falls Moose Club; Silver Creek Fireman's Club, and past member of Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Dunkirk Moose Club and was the past Bingo Caller at the Fredonia American Legion and St. Columban's on the Lake.
Ron enjoyed his grandchildren, fire service, training firefighters, fire prevention with children, head of Sheridan Memorial Day services for many years, head of Montour Falls/Chautauqua County Weekend in Montour Falls, the Buffalo Sabres, working in his yard and bottled Miller Lite, and a morning Tim Horton's Double-Double.
Surviving is his wife Kathleen A. (Feinen) Keddie of Sheridan; daughters Jennifer Tiede of Jackson, Tenn. and Melissa (Derek Griffith) Feinen of Sheridan; son Michael (Penny Patton) Keddie of Sheridan; grandchildren Allison and Cory Tiede, Kelsie Kucharski, and Kaylynn Keddie. He was the brother of Donald Keddie of Fredonia, Ellen (John) Cornell of Fredonia, and Daniel (Rosanne) Keddie of Charlotte, N.C. Many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Todd Keddie.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Inc., 56 East Doughty Street in Dunkirk on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A fireman's service and military service will be held Tuesday morning (July 3) at 11:30 a.m. in the Sheridan Fire Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sheridan Fire Department, 2800 Route 20, Sheridan, NY, 14135.