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Obituary: Peter Gerald Keegan, 1952-2020 

Burlington auto salesman remembered for gift of gab and love of music

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Peter Gerald Keegan of Shelburne Road, Burlington, Vt., passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Burlington. Peter was born in Watertown, N.Y., on January 10, 1952, to William and Agnes Flynn Keegan. He received his education at Holy Family School and Immaculate Heart Central and graduated from Oswego State College in 1974.

The majority of Peter’s adult life was spent in northern Vermont. He was married to Meryl Lebowitz (Tanych) in 1978, which ended in divorce. They had two wonderful sons, Benjamin John and Graham. Peter had worked in the auto industry, from salvage to new and used car sales. At the time of his death, he was employed by Freedom Nissan in South Burlington, Vt. He was well thought of by his fellow workers, and his gift of gab and storytelling allowed him to become one of their best salesmen.

Music was a lifelong passion for Peter. He was a self-taught guitarist and vocalist. His love of music began while singing on the front porch with his brothers. This continued as he sang with the Young People at Immaculate Heart Central, the State Singers at Oswego State University and many local theater performances. He and his brothers raised their voices in song too many times to count at family gatherings.

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Peter was predeceased by his parents, William and Agnes Flynn Keegan; and his sister, Mary Ann Keegan. He is survived by two sons, Benjamin John (San Francisco, Calif.) and Graham (Los Angeles, Calif.); four siblings, Deanne Jones (Gerold; East Aurora, N.Y.), Timothy Keegan (Johnstown, N.Y.), Sarah Morgia (Bruce; Watertown, N.Y.) and William (Ted) Keegan (David; New York, N.Y.); numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; and a grandniece.

A gathering in his honor will be held at Finnigan’s Pub on College Street in Burlington on Saturday, February 8, at 7 p.m. All who knew him are invited to bring stories, songs and remembrances to share with friends and family.

Memorial gifts in Peter’s name may be made to Lyric Theatre Company.

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