BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Loved ones and colleagues are gathered at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg Friday to say a final goodbye to New York State Trooper William Keane, a man who dedicated his life to serving and protecting.
“A tremendous guy, it’s going to be a great loss” said Major Michael Cerretto of the New York State Police.
The 56 year old died last week while he was attending a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“Halfway through the competition he really wasn’t feeling well. Later in the evening I think he told his wife I need to go to a hospital and he suffered a heart attack” said Superintendent Joseph D’Amico of the New York State Police.
Trooper Keane leaves behind a wife and 7 children. His brother spoke on behalf of the family.
“He was truly a loving husband, a great father, who truly was the rock of our family” said Dan Keane, Trooper Keane’s brother.
Trooper Keane served in the navy for 4 years before becoming a state trooper in 1987. He started in Fredonia then joined the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit based out of Troop-A headquarters in Batavia. Major Cerretto said Trooper Keane stood out amongst his peers because of his great work ethic.
“How he performed, he took it very seriously and he was just very good at it” said Cerretto.
“The roads of Western New York are truly safer because of my brother and his co-workers” said Dan Keane.
Trooper Keane was truly loved and respected. Friday New York State Police, state troopers from across the country, border patrol agents and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy were all in attendance.
Keane was laid to rest in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery in Hamburg.
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