02.05.11

Richard Barry Keller

Richard Keller, 77, of Branford, CT, passed away suddenly at his home  Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.  He was the loving husband to Sarah Jane for 48 years.  He is survived by his children and their families – Dr. Martin Keller and Ellen of St. Louis, MO and Dr. Jonathan Keller of Maricopa, AZ  and four grandsons – Benjamin, Samuel, Nathan and Nicholas.  He was predeceased by a daughter Sydney Ann, age 7.  Richard was a certified public accountant and devoted alumni from the University of Pennsylvania.

Funeral service at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven Tuesday morning at 11. Period of mourning will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT or the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Department.

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12 Comments

  1. Gary Ciarleglio said,

    02.06.11 at 9:19 am

    The Keller Family

    It is with deep sadness to hear of the passing of Coach Richard Keller. Rich was more than a coach to an impressionable 9 year old. He was my mentor and friend! Every kid should be so lucky to have a Coach Keller come into their life.

    I had the good fortune to speak with coach on an ongoing basis for 35 years. He took and interest in me and my coaching career at Columbia and it was always nice to see him at one of my games vs the Quakers. He certainly had a passion for his Penn Quakers and Ivy League athletics in general.

    The Ciarleglio family has your family in our thougts during this most difficult time.

    With Sympathy

    Gary Ciarleglio and Family

  2. Tony Colozzi said,

    02.06.11 at 11:08 am

    I was so shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of my dear friend Rich. Rich had been my accountant for over 20 years. I just saw him last week and as usual we shared some laughs and I got to hear more stories of his past.
    My heart goes out to Rich’s wife Sarah and his sons and grandchildern. I never met any of you but feel I know you all thru Rich’s many stories.
    The past year had been a little tougher for Rich. The passing of his lifelong friend Big Red…Hank Maretz left a hole that was hard to fill. He said that whenever he saw or heard something funny he would call Hank and they would have a good laugh. He missed those moments.
    I’m going to miss Rich and his long stories and his teaching moments very much. I’m glad he was my friend. I’m sure he’s sharing some funny stories of the last year with Big Red now and they are having a good laugh.

  3. Burt & Karen Tucker said,

    02.06.11 at 1:17 pm

    To The Keller Family Richard has been a good friend, customer and our accountant for many years. We will miss him deeply. We wish to give our condolences to his wife Sarah and his family. Burt and Karen Tucker

  4. Donald N. Mei said,

    02.07.11 at 9:50 am

    Dear Sarah,

    I was utterly shocked to find out about Rich’s death yeterday. I had stopped by his office for my annual early tax season kibbitzing. Learning of his death was like a punch in the stomach. As a fellow CPA we always shared the usual stories about clinets and tax season, but more importantly, as a fellow Penn grad, we also had that bond. I will miss him.

  5. Richard & Dorothy Donohoe said,

    02.07.11 at 10:10 am

    Dear Mrs. Keller and family,

    Dick was our accountant for 34 years, through thick and thin.

    The annual trek to his office was always a highlight of the early spring season. His sense of humor and story-telling abilities equalled his professional acumen.

    It was always obvious, while never mentioned, that his number one priority was providing the best of opportunities for his children.

    There is no higher accolade then “he was a good father”.

    We will miss him.

  6. Lois Nisbet said,

    02.07.11 at 11:05 am

    Sarah,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lois

  7. Kim Howard said,

    02.07.11 at 3:25 pm

    I had the pleasure of taking care of Richard at CT Kidney Center and enjoyed seeing him every Monday. He was such an encouragement to me and loved talking to me about football and his boys.I was extremely sad to hear of his passing.My thoughts and prays are with his entire family.

  8. Dick Bower said,

    02.07.11 at 3:32 pm

    To Mrs. Keller:
    Your son Marty is a friend of mine here in St. Louis. While I have never had a chance to meet Mr. Keller, I have known Marty for about ten years. You raised him to be a fine person with wonderful family values. Marty, Ellen, Ben and Sam are the best. I’m sure you are extremely proud of their family. Marty was lucky to have such a wonderful father. God bless your whole family in this time of sadness.

  9. David and Anne Miller said,

    02.07.11 at 4:12 pm

    To The Keller Family:

    My wife Anne and I extend to the entire Keller family our sincere sympathy on Richards’ passing. I will miss our yearly meetings, hassels, and finally agreement on our income tax returns. Richard was a true gentleman, we will sorely miss him. I will offer a mass for Richard very soon.

    Sincerely,

    David Miller

  10. Erik Levy said,

    02.07.11 at 9:46 pm

    Richard was always able to make me laugh, and somehow in my awkward youth, we forged a connection that lasted over the years despite long periods between our meetings. My father (Sherwin) marveled at the fact that as a child, Richard was one of the only ones who could get me to calm down. He was a good man and we will miss him.

    Sincerely,

    Erik

  11. Christine Green said,

    02.08.11 at 10:21 am

    Dear Mrs. Keller,
    I am a friend of your son Marty. I am so sorry to hear of your families loss.
    Marty is a very special man and doctor and I feel bless to have worked with him. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Green

  12. Pudge Macfayden said,

    02.09.11 at 7:27 pm

    Dear Sarah,

    I am so sorry about Richard. What a sweet gentle person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love,

    Pudge