Paul Frederick Keys Sr. (Freddy)
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Freddy was born in West Virginia in the family house on Water street in Keyser, West Virginia. Freddy was delivered by his grandmother the late Ira Keys and his parents were the late Nitra June Alexander and Edward A. Redman. Freddy was the middle child and his older sibling is Ronnie Keys and younger sister the late Dorethea “Dookie” Price (Keys). Although Freddy was born in West Virginia he spent most of his childhood in Pittsburgh and attended Westinghouse High school. Later Freddy moved back to West Virginia to finish his high school year. During his high school years, Freddy loved sports and played baseball and football.
Freddy was drafted during the Vietnam war quickly out of high school and served in the US Army from June 11, 1965 to May 26, 1967. He served a majority of his time in Germany and drove trucks on the autobahn. When Freddy returned home from the Army, he met Charlotte Glover by showing up to the wrong house while looking for his mother. Freddy and Charlotte would soon marry afterwards on October 21, 1967.
Paul worked most of his life at the former Exxon Refinery Company in Pittsburgh for 30 years as a Foreman. During his 30 year plus employment at Exxon. Freddy worked long hours and hard labor in freezing weather on the river, worked with hazardous materials but never complained. He worked hard and was proud to provide for his family. Freddy eventually retired from Exxon as a Foreman. After retirement he joined the Exxon retirement club as Treasurer for 10 years.
Freddy loved sports and had a passion for baseball, football and boxing. He loved watching the Pirates during the Willie Stargell and Dave Parker days and attended many games. Freddy also loved his Pittsburgh Steelers. Freddy could always be seen wearing Steeler clothing majority of times.
Freddy was very passionate about music. He enjoyed a wide variety of music from Pink Floyd to Earth Wind and Fire and probably had more albums than anyone in the neighborhood. Freddy also enjoyed going to The Rivers Casino and watching Judge Judy and Family Feud.
Freddy also loved his family. Freddy was very close with his mother and made sure to include her for every major event from holidays, birthdays, super bowls and road trips to West Virginia to visit other family members. He enjoyed family reunions, get togethers and holidays and was always the life of the party.
Freddy became aware of his biological father Edward Redman and was able to meet him and spend a little time with Edward in Wheeling West Virginia prior to Edward passing in 1984. Freddy also learned that his father also had three sons the late Edward Redman Jr., Billy Redman and Harry Redman and Freddy was ecstatic to have new brothers.
Freddy enjoyed life and managed to live to celebrate 51 years of marriage and still managed to sing along on his 75th birthday on February 12th 2019 a few days prior to passing.
Freddy is survived by his wife Charlotte Keys, his brothers Ronnie Keys, Billy Redman and Harry Redman, his four children Paul Fredrick Keys Jr., Sherella Keys, Kip Keys and Paul Franchyze Keys. Paul and Charlotte have twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Host of nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and many friends.
Friends received Thursday, February 28th, 2019 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Coston Funeral Home Inc., 427 Lincoln Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206. Funeral Service will be Friday at 11:00 am. Professional services entrusted to Coston Funeral Home, Inc. 412-661-5916 www.costonfuneralhome.com