Keahon, known for his volunteer work in Rockland County and beyond, died Wednesday morning at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City.
He served president of the Historical Society of Rockland County and a member of the Jawonio Board of Directors, The long-time Rotarian held the post of District President for Rotary International District 7210, which includes 66 communities in eight counties, from 2008 to 2009. He was also a past president of the Rotary Club of Pearl River. For more of Keahon's history, contributions and accomplishments, see this report on Patch.
News of his passing drew these reactions on Patch.
- "The breath and depth of Jeffery's compassion and philanthrophy cannot be fully shared for much of it was kept confidential at his request. For over the 45 years of our relationship, he gave a great deal of money to both well known organizations and unknown individuals, as did his dad before him. No heart bigger, no help greater, no caring more. God rest this gentle and generous soul and keep him looking after us." -- Rockland County Legislator John Murphy
- "Jeffrey was a warm, witty, wonderful man. He has served on Hi Tor Animal Care Center's Board of Directors, as a director and as Vice President for the last several years. He has always been a voice of reason and common sense helping the Board make decisions in the best interest of the organization and the homeless animals in our care. He will be deeply missed as a colleague, friend, mentor and true advocate. Thank you, Jeffrey, for all we have learned from you and for all you have done on our behalf. You will remain in our hearts and prayers." -- Hi-Tor Animal Shelter President Roberta Bangs.
- "I served as Assistant District Governor under Jeffrey when he was District Governor for Rotary International District 7210. I have often marveled at his untiring dedication to his beloved Pearl River Club, District 7210 and Rotary International where be became an ambassador speaking personally about how we can all help and support "Our Foundation." He was so dedicated to so many not-for-profits and causes within our community raising funds and awareness. Jeffrey was indeed a great man who put service to others above self. He was most generous with a hearty laugh, broad smile and told some pretty corny jokes as ice breakers that always seemed to work just right. Above all he had a loving heart and incredible compassion that moved him to take action. He was loved by many from all the areas he impacted through his volunteerism and charity--he will be deeply, deeply missed. Rockland and all of us who knew him are a little poorer for his passing this morning. God Bless and keep Jeffrey Keahon you will always be remembered a giant in service to others." -- Fellow Rotarian and Clarkstown Councilman George Hoehmann
- "The term, 'he made a difference and he will be missed" are used many times. I can say to all in Rockland County that when it comes to Jeffrey Keahon no truer words can be spoken. In the years that I had the pleasure to know him, no one worked harder and was more relentless then he, to make the lives of those who had any type of disability better." -- Dan Salmon, Jawonio Board member.
- "We lost a good man who truly cared about this community called Rockland, and all who reside here. Jeff, you were a friend and a partner in so many endeavors, and you can never be replaced. Rockland is a lesser place without your being among us."-- Rockland County Legislator Ed Day.