Patrick William Keeling was many things to many people. Pat was a loving husband and companion, Dad, with the occasional Daddy, to his kids, Pat to his step-children and Poppy, to his grandkids.
Pat lived a life of service. Son of a Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, Pat was born on November 16, 1955 to Helen and Richard Keeling at Bremerhaven Army Airfield Base in Bremerhaven, Germany. Pat, with his parents and surviving sister, Ann Keeling, whose husband is Chuck Franz, spent his youth traveling the world, living on military bases in Italy and Japan until in his high school years, when they landed in San Antonio, Texas where Pat graduated high school, class of 1974, from the Texas Military Institute. Shortly after graduation, Pat entered the US Navy in 1975. Pat loved to regale those who would listen, especially his kids, with his achievements (and antics and pranks) in the military.
In his last years of his service while stationed at Fort Derrick, Pat met his surviving wife, his absolute love, Pamela Jean Dawson. Pam and Pat, as they were known to everyone, got married in 1995, forming one big crazy blended family. Pat is survived by his son, Ignacio “Iggy” Keeling, his daughter, Chiara “ChiChi” Keeling, and his bonus kids, step-son, Patrick William “Willie” McLane and step-daughter, Shawn “Shawnie” McLane and preceded in death, his step-son Charles “Char” McLane and step-daughter, Shelley “Shell” Mclane. Pat had a baseball team’s worth of grandkids, nine total. From oldest to youngest, Gabriel “Gabe” Keeling, Isabelle “Issy” Keeling, Patryk Torin “Paddy” McLane, Roman Keeling, Graysen McLane, Brody McLane, Bellamy “Bells” McLane, BlakeLeigh Mclane, and Baylee McLane.
Pat retired from the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in 1995. Shortly after his retirement, Pat attended Frederick Community College working towards becoming a Registered Nurse, his lasting passion. In 2000, Pat graduated and started working as an Emergency Room nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Pat absolutely loved everything about being a nurse. His compassion for others in need, his diligence and his laughter and joy was always welcoming.
In the early morning of Oct 28th, 2023, Pat (Dad, Daddy and Poppy) passed in his sleep at the age of 67. He is already missed greatly and forever loved.
These words are expressly written by Chiara Keeling. Love you Daddy.
A celebration of Patrick's life journey will take place at 11am on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A. (Brunswick), 1100 North Maple Avenue in Brunswick, MD. Interment will be private.