Frank J. Keyes
Born September 10, 1921 in Cambridge, Mass. Son of Frank J. Keyes and Marion (Bailey) Keyes. Graduated from Deering High School in Maine / Class of 1938. Frank was predeceased by his three siblings: Robert Keyes, Paul Keyes and Helen (Keyes) O'Rielly.
He enlisted in the US Army September 16th, 1942. Training at the University of Maine (Orono) Radar Training (Army Reserve) from October 1942 to May 1943. 3 Branch: Army Signal Corps. Specialty: Cryptography. December 4th, 1943 date of departure to European Theater. December 17, 1943, Eastcote, England, where we worked on the decoding of the German Enigma Code until VE Day. Promoted to Staff Sergeant. Transferred to Russelsheim, Germany; Signal Intelligence Division as acting First Sergeant. Returned to USA March 1946. Released from service March 31, 1946.
Married June 21st 1947 to Eileen Sullivan, Medford, Mass. Daughter of Mortimer and Julia Sullivan. Eileen passed away on January 30th, 1985.
January 1947 to December 1948: Director of National Publicity WNAC and The Yankee Network, Boston.
December 1948- December 1946, Sales Representative for: J.M. Burke Co. - Philco Distributor, Boston.
December 1956- December 1975 Regional Sales Manager for the Magnavox Company in New England.
December 1975 to September of 1985: Mid Cape Home Center, Orleans - Manager of the Appliance division.
September 1985- Retired.
Married again on February 26, 1988 to Dale Ragan (Owens); daughter of Faye R Owens and Grace L. Hunt, of Harwich.
As an avid photographer, he amassed a collection of over 30,000 negatives and slides.
As a young, boy, Frank collected records; mostly Bing Crosby and Jazz. He wrote several songs while in World War II, one being "What More Could I Ask For," published by Chappell in England.
Frank, being a devout catholic, served in many capacities including: Eucharistic Minister at Holy Redeemer and the Cape Cod Hospital. He played Santa for many years delighting children and adults alike.
Frank is survived by His wife, Dale; Son Brian J. Keyes, of Brewster, MA; Daughter, Sharon M. Puleo, of Utica, NY. He also leaves behind Sharon's three daughters and 7 grandchildren, also Dale's son, Ross Ragan of Nantucket, Ma; two children and 4 grandchildren. Frank also leaves a great number of nieces and nephews.
Due to Frank's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Private interment at the convenience of the family. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10am at Holy Redeemer in Chatham on Wednesday, August 26th. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your charity of choice.