BRIDGEWATER – Dan McKeever, 66, of Bridgewater died suddenly July 28 while visiting family and friends at the Jersey shore. His wife Betsy was by his side.
Dan was born December 4, 1947 in Trenton, NJ. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Trenton, NJ in 1965 and earned a BS degree in pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1970. Dan and Betsy married in Bethlehem, PA on February 20, 1971. They lived in Alexandria, VA and the Trenton, NJ area before a mutual love of skiing brought them to the Killington, Vermont region. They settled in Bridgewater and raised two sons, Tim and Kevin.
Dan initially practiced pharmacy in the Killington area, opening the Killington Pharmacy in 1977 and later working at the Ludlow Drug Store. But he is best known throughout the Killington community for his work behind the bars of numerous local restaurants, including the Pickle Barrel, Mother Shapiro’s, the Corner’s Inn, the Summit Lodge and Ramunto’s. These are the places where Dan forged lasting friendships with many patrons and coworkers.
Dan loved golf, skiing and all genres of music. He was well known for gifting friends and family with unusual music compilations and for his wealth of music-related knowledge.
But Dan’s first love was his family. When Dan’s sons followed their own love of golf and skiing to California, Dan and Betsy spent as much time as possible visiting Kevin, Tim and Tim’s wife Janet on the west coast. Dan spent many happy hours on the golf course with his favorite foursome; Betsy, Tim and Kevin. Then, with the birth of twins two years ago to Tim and Janet, Dan discovered his greatest joy. More than anything, “Pop” loved spending time with his beautiful grandchildren, Chloe and Mason.
He is survived by his loving wife Betsy, sons Tim and Kevin, daughter-in-law Janet Luu, sister Jeanine and brother-in-law Albert Verdel, niece Bridget Verdel, nephew DannyVerdel and grandchildren Chloe and Mason. Dan was predeceased by his parents Eileen Brophy McKeever and Edward McKeever.
A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at the Summit Lodge in Killington Vermont on Sunday, September 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. All are welcome. Hawaiian shirts are optional. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
This obituary first appeared in the August 21, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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