Vincent Keeney

Obituary of Vincent de Paul Keeney

Connoisseur of hot dogs and donuts, Lizard Commander, veteran, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and best friend—Vincent de Paul Keeney Jr. passed away on May 21st at his home in Oro Valley, AZ. Born to Vincent de Paul Sr. and Marcella Keeney on November 19, 1946 in Rockville Centre, New York, Vincent, who always went by Vince, was soon joined by four younger siblings. Brian, Nancy, Ricky, and Patty each have an incredible collection of stories about their eldest brother’s shenanigans and love. Vince amassed an incredible network of friends while traveling the world and was often mistaken for Tom Selleck when visiting Europe. He thrived as a globe-trotting executive, humorist, and at times, a man of intrigue. Of course, once Vince married his wife Lieve in 1987, his priorities shifted—he once reflected while on a brief work trip: “Life is boring without Lieve around. I loved being a bachelor until I was 40, but now I’m not sure why.” Aspiring to carry on Dad’s joie de vivre and effortless sense of humor are his two children, Vince and Lise Keeney. He spoke often of how proud he was of us and we’ll always cherish our long chats with him during clandestine junk food runs. A Vietnam veteran, Dad was the only US Army Sergeant to lead a USMC platoon. But many considered Dad a hero because of his unfailing commitment to friends and family. He racked up 325,000 miles on his Honda Civic, as he drove across the tri-state area to take people to doctor’s appointments and show up for those who needed him. Dad procrastinated at everything—including dying. Though doctors gave Dad 5-7 years to live, through a combination of his quiet strength, endless (but not annoying) optimism, and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, he lived another 13 years. Dad always had the ability to be both silly and profound in even the most mundane circumstances, instilling a quiet confidence in those he loved to follow their hearts, do what’s right, and always tip service workers. While he’s gone, we’ve been so touched by everyone’s stories about how dad impacted their lives, and we’re thrilled he’ll live on in everyone’s hearts, minds, saved voicemails, and sticky-note doodles. While we appreciate the desire to send flowers, please donate to Dad’s favorite charity instead (The Society of St. Vincent de Paul). 

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM at Adair Funeral Homes-Avalon Chapel, 8090 N Northern Avenue, Oro Valley, AZ 85704. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 10:00AM at Santa Catalina Catholic Church, 14380 N Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 85739. Burial will follow at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Marana, 15950 N Luckett Road, Marana AZ 85653. The U.S. Army will provide Military Honors.

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