George Webb Keith

Passed away on August 18, 2015
George W. Keith, a longtime Chatham resident, passed away suddenly yet peacefully on August 18th, 2015, surrounded by his adoring family. He was 91. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was a star high-school football player. After graduation, he entered the Army to serve in World War II, where, as part of the 65th division, he saw combat in France and Germany. As a 19 year old first sergeant, he directed mortar fire on the front lines, and we spent many evenings spellbound by his stories. After the war, he returned to Massachusetts, playing football at Northeastern, and then graduating from Boston University. He met the love of his life, Barbara Kittredge, soon after, and they were married in 1950. They had four children and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. His career in the chain drugstore industry took him to New York City, then to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961, where he was an executive and officer of the Kroger Company, as well as President of their SuperX subsidiary. Upon retiring in 1984, the family moved to Cape Cod, where he enjoyed working in real estate. An avid golfer, he played rain or shine for many years and was a former member of Eastward Ho. To everyone who knew him, George was an extraordinary man. His combination of determination, drive, integrity, and exceptional kindness was mixed with a wonderful dry sense of humor. A true gentleman, everyone he encountered admired his thoughtfulness and generosity. Engaging and charming, one of his greatest joys was getting together with family and friends; of course, he was always immaculately dressed. His organization and efficiency were legendary, in fact, we've joked that the heavens will be in extra ship-shape now that he's there. Passionate sports fans that he was, he diligently followed the Patriots and Red Sox (although he made sure to note that he was first a Boston Braves fan back in the day). He also made it clear that watching golf was simply not the same if Tiger Woods wasn't playing.A lover of music and books, George often knew more about current events than anyone else in the room. As an active member of the Chatham Men's Club, he enjoyed many a lecture.Known as Duke to his two beloved grandchildren, treasured memories of many merry celebrations and laughter-filled shenanigans are very dear to their hearts. More than anything, he loved his family, and we cherished him right back. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Barbara; son Bradford Keith of New Orleans, LA; daughter Betsy Keith Zeumer, son-in-law Thomas Zeumer, grandchildren Alexandra and Maximillian Zeumer of New York, NY; daughter Nancy Keith and son-in-law Robert Perry of East Dennis, MA; daughter Sarah Keith and son-in-law Steve Knight of Boulder, CO; and sister Virginia Costello. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rose and George Keith, sister Margaret McGrath, and brother John Keith.Our warrior has gone home to rest.A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 11:00am at the First Congregational Church in Chatham. Please consider making a donation to the Chatham Fire Department at 135 Depot Street, Chatham, MA 02633. We are so appreciative of their Rescue Squad. Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to the staff at Cape Cod Hospital. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com