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Robert D Keiver

May 31, 1933 - November 10, 2022


Obituary For Robert D Keiver

Robert D. Keiver, age 89, of Marblehead, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 10, 2022, after a brief illness.

Bob was born in Cambridge, MA to Laura (Foster) and Osmund O. Keiver Sr. on May 31,1933. He graduated from Swampscott High School in 1952. He spent a year at North Carolina State before enlisting in the army and stationed in Panama. He married his Marblehead High School sweetheart, Patricia Crosby Keiver, on April 14,1956. They were married for 52 wonderful years, until Pat’s death in 2010. They built their home in Marblehead where they raised their family and always resided.

O.O. Keiver Lumber Company is where he started his career in 1956. After the business had a fire, Bob’s father reopened the company as Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp in Beverly MA. Bob became president and remained active in the business until his passing 67 years later. He devoted his life to the company, eventually moving it to its permanent location in Newburyport, MA
Bob was an extremely admired, respected and loved individual within his field and community. He received the distinguished, Lumber Person of the Year award in 2010 from the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association. Over the years, he was a member of many organizations. Among them are the International Order of Hoo-Hoo, the Hardwood Distribution Association, National Hardwood Lumber Association, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Association, and Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. In addition, Bob showed his commitment to the local community by serving on the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

In his youth Bob was an outstanding Swampscott High School athlete,
contributing to the football, hockey, and baseball teams. He went on
to play college football at North Carolina State. For many years he was involved with Marblehead’s youth football and shared a life-long enjoyment of playing golf with family and friends. A dedicated sports fan, Bob attended every Thanksgiving football game between Marblehead and Swampscott until he was unable to go. As a former Swampscott star player, he always bet on Swampscott to win. Bob’s Swampscott roots ran deep!

Bob loved his family home on New Hampshire’s Squam Lake and shared many fond memories with family and friends there. Being out on his pontoon boat with his family made him so happy. He loved playing cribbage. Bob made a point of teaching all his grandkids to play and was always challenging them to a game. Of course, the best times were when the kids beat him. For many winters, he spent wonderful vacations at ‘Tween Waters in Captiva, Fl.

He is survived by his devoted and loving children: Gwendolyn Keiver-
Hewett and her husband Tom, of Salem, MA; Pamela Rodgers of
Marblehead, MA; Nancy Goodrow and her husband Patrick of Eliot,
ME; and Patricia Heintzelman and her husband Webb of Newburyport, MA. Bob also leaves his 9 adored grandchildren: Sadie Barlow (Kevin); Tyler VanVeghten; Carl Rodgers; Joe Rodgers (Michele); Josh White (Kaylyn); Sam White; Jack Heintzelman; Steven Heintzelman; and Ben Heintzelman; and his beloved five great-grandchildren: Brady, Emma, Connor, Liam and Olivia. Sister-in-laws Joan Keiver and Pam Healey (Dan), along with several nieces and nephews survive him. Bob loved the time spent with his good friend Audrey Kennedy and with her entire family. Audrey predeceased him by one month.

Bob will be remembered for his warm smile, integrity, kind disposition, firm handshake, ability to look you in the eye and ask, how you are doing, making people comfortable, and his genuine interest and love of people and life. He is a great example of a life well lived.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday Nov 15, 2022, from 4-8pm at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral home, 82 Lynn St Peabody and His Funeral will be held at the Old North Church in Marblehead, MA on Nov 16, 2022, at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH. For directions and on-line obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com

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  • 11/15/2022

    Bob's dad Ozzie worked with my grandfather George Tousey at Holt & Bugbee Co. for years. Spiltting up he went on to start Keiver Willard in 1953. When I first entered the business and attended meetings and conventions Bob always had time to spend talking with me. Even though 24 years my senior and vastly more experienced, he always had time. Amazing guy and a huge loss for the Hardwood Lumber Industry. He will be missed but his legacy will live on. Phil Pierce

  • 11/15/2022

    I've spent 39yrs in the hardwood lumber industry and was lucky to have known Bob. He always had a big smile on his face. A true gentleman and a giant in our industry. He will be missed. Hugs and prayers to his family.

  • 11/15/2022

    I have no words to describe the impact that Bob had on my life. A true gentleman in every respect. He was my boss , my mentor, and most of all my friend. I will miss him . He was one of a kind and cannot be replaced. Bob McCarthy

  • 11/13/2022

    I have fond memories of playing in our yard with the "big kid" next door (clearly the most fun Dad on our street), the very firm handshake, the twinkly look in his eyes, and the many years at Halloween that he jumped out of the bushes to grab me and make me scream. As children we used to call him "Mrs. Keiver" and giggle, but I can't remember why we called him that. I'll NEVER forget that the Keiver family gave me their piano when I was 14 years old. We rolled it out of their garage and into our garage and basement. That started my career as a piano teacher. Thank you.

  • 11/12/2022

    We loved our talks with your dad at Bertinis. He was a great guy and a perfect gentleman. He was so proud of his girls. Certainly a life well lived.


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    Sending our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. It was such a pleasure having the opportunity to care for Mr. Keiver. We are so very sorry for your loss. Susan, Brittany, & Kathy Confidential Care

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