Steven (Boj) William Keough
Steven (Boj) William Keough, born November 2, 1958, died on May 25, 2019 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vermont, with his family surrounding him and Grateful Dead music in the background, after a year of battling cancer. He was born and raised in Bennington Vermont, where he lived with his parents, Florence Butler Keough and William (Bill) Keough. He moved up to Chittenden County when he attended St. Michael’s College from 1976 -1980. While at St. Michael’s College he became life-long friends with a group of students who provided considerable support to him in this last year. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from St. Michael’s College, he attended graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he studied Recreational Sports Management. Although he then went on to a career of painting, sports remained a passion throughout his life. Steve was a devoted Boston sports fan—particularly the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.
In 1993, he met his wife, Julie A. Welkowitz while attending UVM Women’s Basketball games with mutual friends. They married in 2001 and had two children, Joshua Samuel Keough, age 17, and Shaina Rae Leanna Keough, age 14. Steve and Julie raised their children in Richmond, Vermont. Steve was an extraordinarily loving father and husband, who coached his children in multiple sports, attended every game possible of his children, and was there for his family in every way. In addition to his passion for his family and sports, Steve was an ardent Grateful Dead and Phish fan. He also enjoyed traveling with his family.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his brothers-in-law, Larry Welkowitz (Keene, NH; daughter Annika Kristiansen) and David Welkowitz (Los Angeles, CA; spouse Sara Ehrman, children Bill and Stacy Welkowitz); his sister, Joyce Walden (Pittsfield, Massachusetts), his nieces Paula Walton (Pittsfield, MA; spouse Joe Walton), Kathleen Cartier (Pittsfield, MA; spouse Rich Cartier) and Cheryl Beckwith (Duncan, SC; spouse Steve Beckwith) and their children and grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life on June 8th at 2pm at the Richmond Round Church, with a reception to follow at the Richmond Community Kitchen in Richmond, VT.
For those interested in providing donations in his memory, please consider one of the following: 1) the University of Vermont Medical Center Cancer Center (https://www.med.uvm.edu/uvmcancercenter/give-to-the-uvm-cancer-center/ways-to-give); 2) the University of Vermont Home Health and Hospice/McClure Miller Respite House (https://www.uvmhomehealth.org/donations/make-an-online-donation/); 3) the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute: https://www.dana-farber.org/how-you-can-help/ways-to-give/make-a-memorial-or-tribute-gift/ or 4) the Cancer Research Institute (www.cancerresearch.org)
As Steve may have wanted to share in parting…
Well the first days are the hardest days, don’t you worry any more.
Cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.
Think this through with me, let me know your mind,
Wo, oh, what I want to know, is are you kind?
-Grateful Dead, Uncle John’s Band
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