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Sunday November 15th, 2020
2:00pm - 6:00pm

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Monday November 16th, 2020

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James Edward Keough, Sr.

James Keough 79, of  Knox, NY passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 12th. James was the son of the late John and Isabel Keough and husband of the late Blanche (Macejka) Keough. James grew up in Schenectady and graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1959.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served in the 3rd Recon as a machine gunner for four years. After the Marine Corps James served on the Capitol Police in Albany where he met his beautiful wife Blanche. They were married for twenty seven years until her untimely passing in 1993. Jim joined the State Police in June of 1965.  Jim married Blanche in 1966 and had four devoted children. He proudly served on the State Police for thirty four years. Among his accomplishments in the State Police he was most proud to be the first Trooper to be asked to be a K-9 handler. His dog Baretta became his faithful partner for many years. Jim and Baretta were at the 1980 Olympic games in Lake Placid, NY where they provided security for the athletes and attendees. They were also involved in many capers arresting desperados for years. Jim loved the State Police and his experiences so much he wrote his book The First K-9 Trooper in the New York State Police in 2015. Jim was a generous person to all who crossed his path especially his four children and his eight grandchildren. 

Jim is survived by his four children, James (Heather), Colleen, John (Rebecca) and Erin Snyder (Neil). He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Michael (Erin Denison), Matthew (Katarina Everhardt), Alex, Cassidy, Isabella, Johnny, Cooper and Brynn as well as his faithful K-9, Daisy.  

Jimmy, Colleen, John and Erin are happy to know that James and Blanche are finally reunited after so many years apart. Their love was one for the books. 

Calling hours are from 2:00pm-6:00pm on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Fredendall Funeral Home 199 Main Street, Altamont. A funeral service will be held on Monday November 16th, 11:00am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 806 Union Street, Schenectady, NY. Interment to follow at St. Cyril Cemetery, 611 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, NY.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Signal 30. Signal 30 supports the members of the New York State Police and their families in extraordinary circumstances such as death, illness, injury and loss. Signal 30 also offers an extensive scholarship program to benefit the children of Troopers. 


To Jim, Heather and all the Keough Family, my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Debbie Maxwell

Deborah Maxwell Nov 19 2020 12:00 AM

To the Keough Family, please accept our condolences on your loss. Mr. Keough was a man who made a difference in the lives of many people that he came into contact with and used his career to make us all safer. The hurt of loss never totally goes away but the memories make it easier to bear.

Phil and Julie Liebener and Family Nov 15 2020 12:00 AM

R.I.P. Trooper Keough. Your integrity, dedication to duty and excellence have set a high standard for others. Sincere condolences to your family. Joseph Teresi Supreme Court Justice retired.

Joseph Teresi Nov 15 2020 12:00 AM

A long time ago Trooper Keough told me, "Timmy....I never knew why I was on this planet, until I had children." He loved you all and we loved him. God Bless Jim Keough...May he Rest in Peace

Timothy Caulfield Nov 15 2020 12:00 AM

I was a little boy when I first saw my uncle in his uniform. He was just such a hero to me, John Wayne had nothing on him! My life path and career choice was to follow in his footsteps, and I have. He is the reason I do what I do and has had such a great influence on others like me!

Tim Brady Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

I have known Jim probably since 1976. He affectionately referred to me as Defendo. Everyone had a nickname from this kindhearted, funny man. He was there for me when my 7 year old didnt get off her bus after school which resulted in an immediate search for her. Fortunately she had just decided to take the bus to the middle school to return with her sister. I of course was petrified but Jims presence was reassuring while waiting for her return. Another memorable occasion was when I found a chipmunk just standing there shaking in my family room. There was a lot of rabid animals in the area so I was very concerned. I called Keough who fortunately was working and he said he would be right over. He finally arrived about a half hour later and when I asked him what took so long he said he had to go back to the station to get more bullets! Always a jokester! I loved hearing his stories which he never ran out of. My sincere condolences to all of his loving family. He was one of a kind who had the biggest heart. Brenda Reagan

Brenda Reagan Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to Jimmys family. He was a delight to work with. He was a very very funny. RIP Jimmy and God Bless.

Christine Bornmann Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Keough, Sr.

Christine Bornmann Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Keough family. RIP Jim. You shared much knowledge to many people and made the world a better place.

Doug & Patty Miller Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Keough, Sr.

Doug & Patty Miller Nov 14 2020 12:00 AM

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