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“Mikey, thank you for all the laughs and fun over the years. Thanks for being my father in law. You will be missed, you had a great send off and you...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Judy Keough - Waltham, MA

“My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to your family. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Diane Lyons MacKay - Tewksbury, MA

“To the Keough FamilySo sorry for your loss, Michael was a great friend and neighbor With love from The Cosgrove Family ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Martin MacKenzie - Waltham, MA

“To the whole Keough family. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Mikey. We don't make it back east as often as we like, but glad we had...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Christel Kubus (Paul) - CO

“Mike, Tara and family,I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing, he was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Fraser - Fort Myers, FL

“I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Susan Mehigan ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Mehigan

“Mike, Judy and the Keogh family. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Sandy Cassella - Hudson, MA

“THERE ARE STARS THAT GO OUT IN THE DARKNESS,BUT WHOSE SILVERY LIGHT SHINETH ON.THERE ARE ROSES WHOSE PERFUME STILL LINGERS,WHEN THE BLOSSOMS ARE...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: DAVID M J VERNON - BOSTON, MA

“Shocking to see Mike's obituary this morning. Mike, has been around as long as I can remember and he will truly be missed! Beverly, so sorry! ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Rando - Waltham, MA

“I am truly sorry to hear of Mikes passing ! He was a gentleman with a great sense of leadership and honor. His kindness to me will never be...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA


Waltham - It's been said that perseverance is doing the work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

Mike Keough never shied away from working . . . whether it was in the Marine Corps, as a fireman or taking care of the Elks building after he got through running the meetings.

Born in Waltham on May 21, 1935 his Irish immigrant parents, Michael F. and Bridget E. (Crowe) Keough, raised eleven children in the city and Mike was a lifelong resident. During the Korean War he served with the United States Marine Corps and following his discharge took a job with Waltham's Public Works Department.

In 1969 he followed his brother John whose nickname was Fuzzy onto the Waltham Fire Department and soon after two other Keough's joined the same profession, Tom in Waltham and Joe in Wellesley. Mike spent his career as a driver at the Central Station on Lexington Street. His first assignment was on Engine 6 and he retired from Ladder 1 in 1991. In between he spent most of his time assigned to Engine 2.

Mike was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 953 in Waltham where he served as past Exalted Ruler and also was a past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler. It was at the Elks where Mike made many lifelong friendships and took satisfaction in helping the organization fulfill its charitable mission. For years he not only helped run the Lodge but was also its chief custodian.

Mike also believed in Julia Child's admonition that "a party without cake is just a meeting". If Mike were born a few generations later he could've had a show on the Cooking Channel . . . he was that good. Whether it was at the firehouse, at the Elks, at home in Waltham or at the family's cottage in Meredith, New Hampshire smiles followed when Mike took charge of the dinner menu.

He belonged to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 866.

Michael Francis Keough, Jr. died Friday, July 28, 2017 at his Waltham home. He was 82.

He leaves his wife, Beverly A. (Pitts) Keough; his children, Deirdre A. Keough, Tara A. McCauley and her husband, Joe, Michael F. Keough, III and his wife, Judy, and Shannon A. Kelleher and her husband, Chris, all of Waltham; his grandchildren, Kaitlin and Joseph McCauley, CJ, Connor, and Liam Kelleher; his brothers, James J. Keough and his wife, Nadine, of Brooksville Florida, David E. Keough and his wife, Gerri, of Falmouth, Thomas M. Keough and his wife, Suzanne, of Waltham and Joseph E. Keough of Natick, and many nieces and nephews.

He was also a brother of the late William Keough, Kathleen Kewer, John "Fuzzy" Keough, Helen Keough, Agnes Paul and Mary Canty.

Family and friends will honor and remember Mike's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, July 31st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.