Charles Augustine Keagan
Born In: North Sydney
Born: August 5th, 1941
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: January 19th, 2016
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Charles Augustine Keagan, age 74, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in North Sydney, Aug. 5, 1941, he was the son of the late Peter and Marion (McCarthy) Keagan.
Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Bernadette Christine (nee Vickers). He will be missed by his children, Larry (Kathleen), Greg (Patricia), Ellen, Kevin (Arpan), Peter (Tanya), Elise (Joe); his grandchildren, Danielle, Fallon, Cody, Cailey, Andrew, Jessica, Jenna, Gabrielle, Jacob, Kent, Liam and Mia and his great-grandchildren, James, Ava, Carmen, Jaxson, Sophia, Walker and Brody. Charlie is also survived by his sisters, Rose and Mimmie; his brothers, George (Joanne), Douglas (Patricia) and Peter; as well as his sister-in-law, Mary Ellen and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Charlie was predeceased by brothers, Michael and Eddie (Marilyn); as well as several nieces and nephews.
Charlie worked for 35 years with Marine Atlantic, upon retirement he dedicated his time to public service. Charlie had a passion for helping people, he devoted 44 years of his life to this endeavor. Charlie was the current Council Member for CBRM, District 2. His activities were broad, encompassing politics, sport and community interests.
Charlie served as a councillor and deputy mayor of North Sydney. While on Town Council he held positions as chairman of the Police Commission, finance, social services, metro planning and public works committees. He was a founding member of the North Side Industrial Park Commission, chairman of the Northside Waterfront Development Commission and board member for the New Deal Developments. He served many years as a representative of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board.
Provincially, Charlie served as an executive member of the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Board, he was a member of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and a Commissioner of Oaths for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 19, in North Sydney. He spent 40 + years working tirelessly during provincial and federal elections as an active member of the Cape Breton North Liberal Association.
Charlie volunteered as chairman for the Society for the Treatment of Autism (NS). He held positions of president for North Sydney Minor Hockey and North Sydney Little League Association. He spent many hours in the local arenas and ball fields coaching and cheering his children and grandchildren. Charlie was an avid Detroit Red Wings fan and enjoyed bowling.
Charlie never lost sight of his Gannon Road beginnings, he enjoyed his life on the hill, loved Ward 4, his neighbors, and was particularly proud of his work toward the revitalization of Indian Beach.
Charlie was a faithful member and gave many hours to his parish at St. Joseph Church, North Sydney. He was committed to representing the people he served in his spiritual life. He was particularly proud of his altar service for those from the Gannon Road. He was a Fourth Degree Knight, with Knights of Columbus Council 5109, North Sydney serving two terms as Grand Knight.
Visitation for Charlie will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant St., North Sydney. A funeral mass to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph Church with Rev. Patrick O’Neill officiating. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Sydney.
Memorial donations may be made to Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services, Cape Breton-Victoria Region.
Online condolences may be sent to www.wjdooley.com.