Family mourns electrician who died in Puerto Rico

  • Steven R. Keyes at Niagara Falls over the summer with sons, Sam, far left, and Jack, far right, and niece, Taylor, and nephew, Walter. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 1/20/2020 3:56:27 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD – Steven R. Keyes and partner Autumn McGuffey went to Puerto Rico last week to share with McGuffey’s vacationing parents the newly learned gender of their unborn child.

The joyous news was short-lived, however, as Keyes died after a riptide grabbed ahold of him while snorkeling Jan. 15. He was 39.

Keyes’ stepfather, Steven Chamberlin, said Keyes loved the ocean and regularly took his sons, Sam and Jack, on fishing and boating trips.

“He was majorly involved with them,” Chamberlin said. The boys were born during his marriage to Tracy Keyes. “He loved to read to them at night.”

Chamberlin said his stepson was involved with Valley Life Assembly of God in South Deerfield. Keyes had been splitting his time between the Pioneer Valley and Colorado, where McGuffey was earning a master’s degree.

Keyes was an electrician and the founder of Keyes Electric. Chamberlin said the business will remain, with Keyes’ stepbrother, James Adams, at the helm.

Chamberlin said his stepson will be cremated. 

Keyes is also survived by his mother, Katherine (Jon) Adams, his father, Robert Keyes, and siblings, Elizabeth (Trevor) Duffy, Shannon (Chris) Lamere, Jacob (Kayla) Adams, Megan Keyes, and Kristopher Keyes as well as grandfather, Walter Dutton, and three nieces, two nephews and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield on Jan. 24. A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church in Sunderland at 11 a.m. on Jan. 25. Friends and family are invited to the Keyes Electric Community Room for a reception following the service.




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