on August 26, 2013 - 8:48 PM
May 30, 1957 – Aug. 23, 2013
William P. Keane, of Lake View, who had a 26-year career with the State Police, died unexpectedly Friday in Salt Lake City after suffering a heart attack while taking part in an inspectors competition sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. He was 56.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1975 graduate of Bishop Timon High School and served for four years in the Navy. Returning from service, he worked for several years for General Mills.
Mr. Keane joined the State Police in 1987 and was first assigned to the Fredonia station. He had been a member of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit since 1995, working in Troop A headquartered in Batavia.
He was chosen to represent New York State in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Competition in 2008 and again this year. At this year’s event, he received the John Youngblood Award of Excellence, given by his fellow contestants to “the inspector who exemplifies the high standards and unwavering dedication to the profession.”
He was a member of the State Troopers Police Benevolent Association and enjoyed sailing and auto racing. He served in pit crews for friends who raced at Holland Speedway.
Survivors include his wife, the former Sharon Bugenhagen; a son, Brian Rothermel; six daughters, Julie Rothermel, Carolyn, Melissa Pallini, Kelsey Lynn Gabriel, Allison and Kelsey Beth; five brothers, Daniel, Patrick, Joseph, John and James; and three sisters, Elizabeth Jones, Karen Curtis and Anne Marie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.