skies greeted the Keefes for their first family reunion which
was held in Kinkora on August 8th and 9th, 1980. Plans and preparations
for this big event began in the summer of 1979. A committee of
three was formed, Earl Keefe, Leonard Keefe and Sister Marion
Keefe with Earl as the Chairman. In December, 1979, the first
notice of the reunion was sent and the second notice was sent
in March, 1980, with a registration form attached. A tentative
program of the first day was attached.
Keefe and Angelina Monaghan were married July 1st, 1902 and they
settled on the Keefe ancestral home. They had sixteen children,
three of whom died in their early years. Some 130 descendants
gathered to be present at the reunion and also to commemorate
the settlement of the family in the Kinkora area.
The celebrations began with a Mass of Thanksgiving which was offered
by Reverend Francis Corcoran in St. Malachy's Church, Kinkora
at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th, 1980. Altar boys were Gregory
Keefe, Christopher Keefe and Joey Murphy. Douglas Clorey was the
organist and he & Marion Clorey with people's participation
sang hymns during the Mass. The entrance hymns were: Jesus, My
Lord, My God...We Thank You, Father...and Faith Of Our Fathers.
The first reading Is. 63: 7-9 was read by Mary Jane Murphy and
the second reading Col. 3: 12-17 was read by Danny Keefe. Father
Corcoran gave the homily. The prayers of the faithful were read
by: Marion Thom, Edith McLeod, John Curley, Coleen Dart and Ann
Keefe. At the offertory Douglas played the organ very softly and
Janice Keefe read while the following gifts were presented by
and Denise Keefe brought up marriage rings: We bring these marriage
rings, a symbol of love's endlessness, reminding parents and
children of the blessings of family life and especially of the
gift of life itself.
Keefe brought up a list of members: In thanksgiving for the
gift of life we ask each one present to offer a silent prayer
as we, present a list of our family members.
Keefe brought up a picture of the deceased members: Blessed
is he who dies in the Lord. Many of our family have gone to
their eternal home. These we remember in a very special way
as we present in their honor this memorial picture.
Curley and Brian Keefe brought up Breviary and Incense: We present
to You, O Father, the breviary a symbol of the priesthood and
the religious life and the burning incense a symbol of our prayer
life and as a reminder of the importance of praying in our daily
Keefe brought up the Canadian and American Flags:. We come forward
with the Canadian and American flags. We are thankful to God
for giving these two great countries an abundance of His spiritual
blessings and temporal goods.
Fawcett and Daniel Murphy brought up the Bread and Wine:. On
this celebration of our reunion we offer You, O Lord, these
gifts of bread and wine, produce of the land. As they are transformed
into the Body and Blood of Your Son, we give thanks for the
many times that we have shared, as a family, the Eucharist.
each gift was presented Father Corcoran held it up for all to
see then gave it to Joey Murphy who arranged it on a special table
for that purpose.
the Mass, the families attended a banquet at the beautiful new
building in Kinkora, Kinkora Place. The banquet was catered by
the Catholic Woman's League. Leonard Keefe was Master of Ceremonies.
Leonard extended a welcome to all and asked Sister Marion to offer
the invocation before the meal. During the banquet Leonard named
the deceased members of the family. The head of each family then
introduced his or her own family. Leonard extended Birthday Wishes
to Benny Noonan whose birthday was August 8th. Sister Mary Angela
gave a brief history
of the Keefe family. Various speakers at the banquet were: Maurice
Keefe, Mary McCardle Keefe, Paul Keefe, William Murphy, O'Leary
Curley, Elmer Keefe, Alban Farmer and Father Corcoran.
After the banquet there was an "At Home" reception and
dance for the many friends and relatives. The music for the occasion
was rendered by Ed Matthews Band. Father Corcoran shared his musical
talents with the band and the family. Shortly after 12:00am Birthday
wishes were extended to Leonard Keefe and Angela Lynch.
Saturday, August 9th at 1pm, all gathered at the farm of Earl
& Mary Keefe. The children were entertained by pony rides
& hay rides. The adults enjoyed them as well.
in the afternoon on August 9th, there was a picnic at Chelton
Beach. A good number took advantage of the nice weather &
beautiful beach and went swimming. Barbecued hamburgers and hot
dogs were served. Marshmellows were toasted.
7:30pm on August 9th, all went back to Earl's for an evening of
games, music and songs. Douglas Clorey played the accordian and
Tom Dart the guitar. Marion Clorey conducted a special sing-song
for the children. The beautiful rock garden which was lit with
colored lights was enjoyed by all. The evening at Earl and Mary
Keefe's was climaxed by a hugh bonfire.
the evening of August 9th, some of the adults went to The Barn.
The "Barn" was a restaurant and a place for entertainment.
It was owned by Kevin Murphy, Kevin Keefe and Joe Trainor with
Kevin Murphy as the manager and specialized in Irish music.
The above diary notes regarding the events of our first Keefe
Family Reunion in 1980 were written by an unknown relative who
had attended the 1st Reunion but who at this point remains unidentified.
That commentary is reprinted here in its entirety and its original