Edward Patrick “Coach” Kehoe, Jr.
Wilder, Vt. — Edward P. Kehoe, Jr. 50, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at home with his family in Wilder after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 22, 1963, in St. Albans, N.Y. a son of Edward and Grace (Delahanty) Kehoe. Ed grew up in Portsmouth, R.I. and graduated from Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, Mass. in 1981. He then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bridgewater State College, graduating in 1985.
After college, Ed spent his first five years teaching at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. He then taught for a couple of years at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, R.I. where he coached the boy’s basketball team to their first championship in school history.
In 1993, he came to the Upper Valley to teach physical education at Mascoma Valley Regional High School where he taught for over twenty years. While there he coached the girl’s basketball team for 14 years, going to seven straight finals and winning three championships. Ed also coached cross country at Mascoma. More recently Ed coached girl’s basketball at Sunapee for three years and for a year at Hartford where he enjoyed coaching his daughters, Kelsey and Paige.
On Aug. 13, 1994, Ed was married to Kelli DePaola, they celebrated 20 years of marriage and four beautiful children.
Ed was an amazing man who faced death with dignity and grace. He loved his entire family and cherished his many friends. He will always have a special place in many hearts.
No one could ask for a better husband, father, son, and brother. His main concern was their happiness and well being. His love was unconditional and he never tired of helping care for or supporting them in any way that he could.
Ed is survived by his wife, Kelli, and their children, Kelsey, Paige, Riley and Parker all of Wilder; brother, Tim Kehoe, wife Jennifer and children, Ryan and Emily of Perkinsville, Vt.; parents, Ed and Grace Kehoe of White River Jct., Vt.; uncle, Gerry Kehoe and wife, Amy of Assonet, Mass., aunt, Sister Mary Martin of North Smithfield, R.I. and Uncle Martin H. Delahanty Jr. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Patricia DePaola; sister-in-law, Tricia DePaola and brother-in-law, Carmine DePaola all of Massachesetts.
Visiting hours will be held at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., Friday, Aug. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon. A private burial will take place in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in White River Jct.
Condolences may be expressed to Ed’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Many thanks to the Oncology Departments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Kehoe Children Educational Fund, c/o Mascoma Savings Bank, PO Box 4399, White River Jct., VT 05001.