Happy Keeney dies at 81; barber, mayor

The News, Frederick, MD

November 29, 1982

Mr. Leroy Sinclair “Happy” Keeney, 81, Sykesville, died Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. He had been a guest at the Citizens Nursing Home for the past several months.

happykeeneyin Frederick, he was the son of the late Ulysses and Daisey Keeney. His wife, Mrs. Hilda Dudderar Keeney predeceased him in 1979.

He is survived by three sisters, Daisy Irene McClure, Mrs. Helen Virginia Shreve and Mrs. Catherine Bussard, all of Frederick.

Mr. Keeney was a barber for 55 years in Sykesville. He served as the mayor of Sykesville from 1945 until 1949 and from 1949 until 1957 he served on the town’s council. From 1957 until 1963 he served a second term as mayor of Sykesville. He was a life member of the Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department where he was the chief in 1943, and again in 1945 through 1947. He was a member for over 30 years of the Sykesville Rotary Club.

Even though Mr. Keeney had no children, he was instrumental in the development of the Sykesville Park while serving the town as mayor. He was a charter member of the Sykesville Fish and Game club, Inc.

Funeral services will be held from the Haight Funeral Home, MD. 32, Sykesville, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. The Rev. Joseph Burroughs, pastor of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, will officiate.

Internment will be in Springfield Cemetery, Sykesville.

Friends may call at the Haight Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 30.

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