We Remember

O’KEEFE, Finnian Alexander

October 5, 2000 — June 28, 2024

It is with deep sadness and profound love that we announce the loss of Finnian Alexander O’Keefe, who passed away much too soon on June 28, 2024, at the tender age of 23.

Left to hold him dear to their hearts are his loving parents Susan and Roderick O’Keefe; siblings Lochlan, Tiernen, Aislin, and Bronwyn; and beloved grandparents “Grandma Nana” Sheila, “Grandma Ottawa” Sandra, “Grandfather” David, and “Grandma Jo” Mary-jo; as well as many friends, co-workers, and extended family members whose lives were touched by Finnian. He now goes to join his grandad William Harold Rowe, who passed before him, as well as his beloved pets Requis, Blue, and Daisy.

Finnian was a young man whose love for life was evident in his passion for the outdoors and thrilling activities like waterskiing, snow skiing, and wake surfing. Always up for an adventure and a good time, his infectious smile and giggle could brighten anyone’s day, a joy his Mommy and Papadaddy will miss dearly. Finn was immensely creative – whether crafting imaginative dishes in the kitchen or writing stories that captivated hearts. His hardworking and loyal nature shone through in his unwavering dedication to his family, his siblings, his profession, and his beloved cats Rafferty and Rory.

With a quick wit, hilarious sense of humour, and an impeccable sense of fashion, Finnian brought a unique flair to every aspect of his life. He had a special love for babies and a fierce bond with his younger siblings, for whom he was always inventing magical stories and experiences that left lasting memories. Finnian’s adventurous spirit, boundless energy, creativity, and the deep love he shared with those around him made him a truly remarkable young man.

“He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.”

– W. H. Auden –

In our search for meaning amidst this deep pain, we are encouraged by the belief that Finnian is restored, and the bright light that he brought to us here on earth has not dimmed but is now free and uninhibited.

We also rejoice in our suffering because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4)

For those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Oh God, guide Finnian, protect him, illumine the lamp of his heart and make him a brilliant star. Thou art the mighty and the powerful.

We will love and miss you forever, sweet Finn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mamas for Mamas Organization.

A Celebration of Life will be held in honour of Finnian on FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM (PDT), at the EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, 3412 15th Avenue, Vernon, BC.

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Service
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Location
EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH

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The service for O’KEEFE, Finnian Alexander is scheduled for FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Condolences

  • Jacqueline Barnett says:

    Shocked and saddened to hear about this incredible loss. My hearts are with you Rod and Sue and the rest of the O’Keefe family.

    Jacqueline

  • The Pennington Family - Karen, Dylan, Kendall , Georgia says:

    We are so sorry to hear this devastating news. I cannot even begin to imagine your heartache and grief. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family. Sending deepest condolences and much love.

  • Linda Queiros says:

    Dear Finn- how sad to think that I won’t get to have any more conversations with you this side of eternity. I was always delighted to hear about your plans for work and career. We had one of these conversations in your family laundry room! I was very impressed that you were such a pro at household chores. Thank you for the delight in your eyes when I’d stop by with something from my kitchen. I’ll always remember your smile and raised eye brows when we’d see each other at church . Your tenderness with your younger sisters will always stay with me as well. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. ‘- Eye has not seen and ear has not heard all the things God has prepared for those who love Him – Amen. God is so faithful. He already knows and understands completely . For now, I will keep loving on your family.

  • The Milne Family says:

    Dearest Sue, Rod, Lochlan, Tiernan, Aislyn and Bronwyn …. Sometimes there simply are no words. We are grateful for the opportunity to have memories with you all and those little kid day where they played for hours as pirates, stunt kids, hockey nuts and water babies. The joy of laughter and memories may they serve you deeply on the hard days. May the beautiful light of your family bond shine bright and guide you down this unchartered road. With love, Tara, Steve, Reuben and Dylan

  • Jacquie and Connor Hansen says:

    I am at loss for words to express the deep sorrow I feel for you and your family upon hearing about the passing of your beloved son, Finn. Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this incredibly difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find strength and courage to navigate through this difficult time. Jacquie and Connor

  • Cher Connor says:

    Oh My, I am so beyond sorry to hear of Finn’s passing, what a shock and I am at a loss for words. Our most heartfelt condolences Rod and Sue and to the whole family!

  • Fraser-Monroe family says:

    Sending our deepest sympathies to you all. We shall remember you and Finn in our prayers.

  • Cheri Progosh says:

    To the O’Keefe Family;
    I am a good friend of Karen and was so sad to hear the news about Finn.. I met Finn when he was a little guy on a trip West with Karen in 2006. My deepest condolences to all of you who loved him, and may memories you share be a comfort in this unbelievably sad time . My prayers are with you.
    Cheri

  • Keith Rydings says:

    Please accept out sincere condolences on the loss of your son. Rod and Susan, we will remember you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jessie Couch says:

    Hi Sue and Rod. It’s been a long time. I have thought of you often! I am SO SO sorry to hear of Finnian’s passing. It is so tragic and my heart aches for you all. I am sending so much love your way during this unimaginable time. Lots of love,
    Jessie

  • Jeff Gibson says:

    I am so sorry for loss. Although I didn’t know Finn I do remember him water skiing when we stayed with the O’Keefe family in the late 2000’s. My condolences to the O’Keefe family and Rod and Sue. You are in my prayers. Patrick and Jeff

  • Nguyen Family says:

    Sue, Rod and family – we are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belinda Field says:

    I’m so sorry for your tragic loss 😢 Lifting you up in prayer through this difficult time 💕

  • Olivia says:

    I haven’t felt sadness like this ever before. I still remember the night I met Finn like it was yesterday. I had finally met someone even more funny than anyone I could imagine meeting. It breaks my heart that I only got to meet his beautiful soul on his birthday in 2022. It was of course at status one of my very first times having been there, that place was awful but his smile distracted from how bad it was. There wasn’t a day that went by after meeting him that he didn’t make me laugh or have some wild story to tell me. He would always send me photos to update on the cats or his beautiful family. Our late night talks about crazy conspiracies. I have so many things left that I want to tell him. No more sunset photos because he knew how much I loved them. I miss you more than you can imagine Finnian, there will be no one who can fill the place in my heart for you. You deserved so much more.

  • Scott Anderson says:

    Finn worked with us on and off for two years and still would be had he not taken a career doing other things. He was an excellent worker who would make special effort to come out when we needed help even if he had other plans, and he is one of the “nice young men” we see so often mentioned in our Google and BBB ratings. He was one of those people for whom the world is better for being here. RIP buddy.

  • Lettie Maloney says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family

  • Stephen, Heather, Jeremy, Ben, and Nick Purvis says:

    Rod, Sue, and Family:
    We are so very sorry to learn of Finn’s passing, we can’t imagine the pain you must be going through. We are praying for you.

  • Nancy Halvorson says:

    Sometimes, there are no words to accurately convey the heart. I am so very sorry for your loss! I will keep you close in prayer each time you come to mind. Sending so much love to you and yours.

  • Kate Gibson Oswald says:

    Dearest Sue, Rod, and family, we are so sad to hear of Finnian’s passing.. Though we have not seen each other in quite a while we remember Finn as a baby and a youngster and some the fun times together. May Love carry each of you through this very difficult time.
    Kate, Caelin (King) and Jon Oswald.

  • Witold & Kelly Wince says:

    So sorry to here about the passing of your beloved son. Our hearts go out to all the family in friends. Rest In Peace💕🫂🙏

  • Mary Evans says:

    I am truly devastated by the passing of your beautiful son. I’m so thankful for being a part of your family in days past. Beautiful Sue, my heart goes out to you. You have loved your children greatly. You are an amazing mother. Dearest Rod, David, and Mary Jo, I hope you all move forward with love and support for each another. My heart goes out to the rest of your beautiful children. I will stop by in the coming days, to give you my condolences, support, prayers, and love.💖.
    Mary Evans

  • Denise, Larry and Stuart Fallis says:

    Rod, Sue and Family – We are so sorry for this tragic loss. Our hearts are with you as you work to restore yourselves and your family after such a shock. May you find peace and comfort in your family and the memories and love you had for Finn.

  • Erol & Kristine Bortucene says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Finn’s passing. We will be praying for you all during this extremely difficult time

  • Karen Cameron says:

    Susan and family (including Janie, and Jenn and family), I am so deeply sorry for the tragic loss of your dear Finn. May cherished memories and inner courage help you all find strength, acceptance, comfort and peace, together, as you journey through the heaviness of heartache and pain. Sending love and hope for healing for all of you. Your love for Finn, and his for you, will always be with you.
    Karen

  • Alison Cameron Chahda says:

    Susan and family, my heartfelt condolences to you all as you move through the grief and unimaginable loss of Finnian. I hope you can take some time together to share memories of him that bring smiles to your faces and fill the emptiness with a bit of peace. My deepest sympathies and love to you, your entire family, and of course, Aunt Janie and Jenn too.

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