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Subject: [US-OBITS] KEATING, t. Winston "Buster" Claremont, NH 2001-05-31
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 23:05:08 -0500
31 May 2001
T. Winston Keating
CLAREMONT — T. Winston "Buster" Keating, 94, a lifelong resident of
Claremont, died May 26, 2001, at his son’s home in Thornton.
He was born in Claremont Sept. 12, 1906, the son of William H. and
Caroline L. (Fitzgerald) Keating. He was a graduate of Stevens High
School, Class of 1925, and attended classes at Dartmouth, the University
of Southern Florida and the University of Arizona, studying art, music
and insurance. In his early high school days he started a three-decade
career as a professional musician and a lifelong avocation as band
leader, drummer and guitar player.
He established the Keating Insurance Company in 1933 on Pleasant Street
and retired in 1983. Throughout his career he was active in both the
insurance industry and community affairs. He was a past president of the
New Hampshire Association of Independent Insurance Agents 1954-1955,
received the N.H.I.A. Citation, 1958, and was chairman of the New
England Advisory Board in Boston, 1960-1961. He received the Revere
Silver Bowl in 1961; served on the National Association of Insurance
Agents Board; received a National Citation in 1963 and was listed in
"Who’s Who in Industry and Finance in 1980." Locally he served as
president of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, 1953-1954, and on the
board of directors of the Claremont General Hospital. In 1954, he was
awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Community Service. He had
been a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 879 since 1937.
He headed bands called "Buster Keating and his Orchestra" and later "The
Yacht Club Orchestra" and played at the Pine Grove Park (Claremont’s
first outdoor ballroom), at Roseland from 1938 to 1950, at Lake Sunapee
Yacht Club, and throughout New England and eastern Canada.
He painted landscapes, seascapes, and still-life works in oils. His
paintings grace the walls of many of his friends, both locally and in
Aruba, where he spent 22 winters.
The family includes his wife of 66 years, Anna (Pederson) Keating of
Campton; a son, Raymond P. Keating of Campton; five granddaughters; and