Louis Keezing, 55, died peacefully on July 27, 2013 at his home in West Hartford. The eldest son of Henry and Shirley Keezing, Lou was born in New Britain and grew up in Berlin. After graduating from Berlin High School in 1976, Lou attended Drew University, where he received a B.A in political science in 1981. Lou used his talents as a communicator and writer to work in a wide variety of settings. He began his career in energy, traveling to the Sudan as a researcher, then moved to Washington, DC, to work in communications for the AARP. After relocating to Connecticut to raise his family, Lou worked for some of Connecticut’s most prominent corporations, including Northeast Utilities, The Hartford, and Aetna, and later as a communications consultant for Hewitt Associates. Throughout his life, Lou was an avid tennis player and cyclist, a fan of music and fiction, and a dedicated cook of varied cuisines. Throughout the latter part of his career, Louis suffered from kidney disease, surviving two transplants. His exuberant sense of humor was omnipresent, even during the toughest times. True to his vocation, Lou recently completed a memoir of his medical experiences, and was beginning work on a novel when he died. Louis was married to Laura Allocco Keezing for 32 years. Lou found deep joy in family, and especially his children, Sarah and David, and his grandson, Hudson. Lou took tremendous pride in Sarah’s career as a teacher, and her family with her husband, Ryan, as well as in David’s development as a classical guitarist studying at the Eastman School of Music. Lou’s greatest delight in his last few years was playing with Hudson, now a year and a half old, and like Lou, a transplant recipient. Louis is survived by Laura, Sarah and her family, and David; his mother, Shirley; his brothers Michael and Jonathan; and his many friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Keezing home, 48 Sequin Road in West Hartford, on Tuesday, July 30 at 4 in the afternoon. Casual, comfortable attire is encouraged. Shivah will be observed from 6-8 in the evening on Tuesday and Wednesday. All are welcome to attend any or all celebrations of Lou’s life. Donations in Louis’ honor to support David’s music career and Hudson’s future education can be sent to the Keezing residence at 48 Sequin Road, West Hartford, CT 06117, made out to David Keezing or Hudson Gay.