Jack Keefe: Consiousness-Child, Vastness-Pride; Wanda Keefe: Nana, Mom and God loving Friend Wanda
On March 30, 1987 Sri Chinmoy composed a Song honouring Jack Keefe: Consiousness-Child, Vastness-pride, Oneness-soul, Fulness-ride.
On this occassion Jack Keefe was Presented the 1987 Self-Transcendance Award.
More information at: http://adhiratha.srichinmoycentre.org/1987-self-trancendance-award-jack-keefe
Below are links to related information such as an:
- Oral History Project which focused on Jack and Wanda Keefe's Life,
- Sports Illustrated article of 23 Mar 1987 featuring Jack Keefe
- Music Score from the song of March 1987
On this page is also A brief overview of Wanda D. Keefe interests and activities.
Sri Chinmoy met Wanda Keefe on many occasions. On one of the last times she visted Queens from her assisted living facility on Long Island was not long before Sri Chinmoy passed away. On that day he told her that she should come to the Aspiration Ground Meditiation park and garden when ever she wanted. As she was leaving to go to the car Wanda said to son Adhiratha quite proudly: "Did you here what he said. I can come any time I want". She has come many times since then. This overview relies heavily on initial notes provided by G.C. Keefe to family members and added to by other family members. See also end notes.Body Text (Re
Jack Keefe: Consiousness-Child, Vastness-Pride
Consiousness-child, vastness-pride, oneness-soul, fulness-ride.
Jack Keefe, hero-supreme!
God's fulfillment dream.
Jack,to you, surrenders impossibility-foe.
All-where you go.
- words and music by Sri Chinmoy, 30 March 1987
Links to related information:
- Oral History Project which focused on Jack and Wanda Keefe's Life. Parallel Lives : Jack and Wanda, Wanda and Jack [Subtitled: A Davis-Keefe, Canadian-American Experience] (http://www.adhiratha.net/www/oral-history/MAThesis/4pub_htm/MAT2_A00.htm)
- SPOTLIGHT 23 March 1987, Sports Illustrated A MASTER OF A SWIMMER : Undeterred by Polio, .Jack Keefe is a top backstroker at 71 By RICHARD DEMAK (http://www.adhiratha.net/www/oral-history/MAThesis/4pub_htm/Transcripts/jk87mr24.htm)
- Music Score (see related items in tif and cwk formatk)
- Audio recording to be added
Wanda D. Keefe:A brief overview of Wanda D. Keefe interests and activities, No doubt, she was adventurous, enjoyed travel, meeting, helping people, especially the less fortunate, even the unborn, always having strong moral convictions.[i] Wanda’s children and friends didn't always agree with her stand on things and yet forever admire her spirit and conviction on doing what she thought was right. In short, Wanda wasn't one to sit on the sidelines, she always loved to engage and question. In many ways she led by example. Some things she likes, if not loved to participate in are: · nature, plants, gardening, planting, o She was born in log cabin and raised for the first (11) years on an Alberta, western Canada farm[ii]; o All the Keefe family[iii] residences had shrubs and small gardens with a wild Varity of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Many of which even survived the rambunctious trampling of 9 children in the same yards. · Cooking and Baking o Homemade breads and pies and even ice cream o Big oatmeal-raisin or Peanut butter cookies that she would make by the dozens and put in a big crook in the kitchen. (“I knew you would snitch them between meals so I made with the best ingredients” o Hearty meals that could somehow stretch for many extra mouths (Leftovers for “Never the same Saturday Soup” was a always a big favorite) · Design, sewing, dress making, embroidering & sharing her knowledge. Her children especially remember: o Individual embroidered towels with names and astrological signs; o A special sewed cloth book that would survive being dragged all over the property while also teaching simple words to read. o A series of “cow boy” shirts to match her 3 young son’s enthusiasm; o When one grown son received a spiritual name, he was presented a blue blanket the following Christmas, with the new name embroidered in big letters. · all kinds of arts and crafts, puzzles, woodwork, picture frames,
- Remodeling many residences, Freeport, Seaford and Manorville
- Reupholster or fixing up old furniture. (She was “re-cycling“ and “green” way ahead of her time & didn’t like to see anything wasted. She felt there was nothing wrong with “garbage picking” if something could be fixed – and often then given away.
- She was the original “fixer-upper” Woodwork, tile work, wallpapering, and of course let's not forget painting :-) (Where many including GCK got a good intro to the work world).
- Took classes in calligraphy, financial investing, public speaking, theology.
- Home work sessions recreated her one-room school house. Supported hours of dance classes, recitals, twirling, campfire girls’ cookie sales, boy scouts, paper routes and little league events.
- Encouraged overall the improvement of any situation, tangible or intangible.
part of family for Jack Keefe's 90th Birthday on Long Island N.Y. renacting a 1961s photo Dec 1961 Wanda, Jack and 9 Children at Alan Drive Seaford NY.
 This overview relies heavily on initial notes provided by G.C. Keefe to family members via e-mail on 2008-apr-21 “Mom's likes throughout my time spent with her” and added to by other family members. See also end notes.
[i] [i] For some further Background: · Link to the letter Wanda sent all 9 children in June of 1977 when she was 55. Now 30 yrs later the children are between 40’s and 60’s and the letter has even more meaning
http://www.adhiratha.net/www/oral-history/MAThesis/4pub_htm/Transcripts/wk77jn24.htm · WDK note - 1956 drive back home with her 6 children, her sister Gwen and her children all in station wagon.
http://www.adhiratha.net/www/oral-history/MAThesis/4pub_htm/Transcripts/WK00fe14.htm · For more details on travels and early work life see also excerpts from Oral History:
for Jack & Wanda Oral History Interview: Aug. 14th 2000,& begin Sept 04, 2000 including:
Marriage 1944, Not Back To Alaska ; Barracks Life for 3 Years: Trinidad, and British Guyana, Brazil, Yukon ; First Grandchild for Keefes, Neighbors: Commuting – work life; Standard Car Shift and Jacks adjustment for Leg;. Wanda Grandfather Cabinet Maker & Great Aunt Athabaska Trail Driver; first Granddaughter; Wanda's One Room Schoolhouse work: threshing crew, Hospital to Pay Family bill. Trans-Canadian Highway and at Look Magazine
Oral History Interview: Continued Sept 04, 2000 Parallel Lives: Jack and Wanda, Wanda and Jack; including:
One room schoolhouse to city /school,. High School & Wanda Basketball, Selling family furniture to survive; People moving around, taking odd jobs, Jack in Whitehorse; Accommodations men & women; Plan children?; Jack's chilly fall;. Soldiers in Yukon: American, Canadian, Russian. Working cold Yukon; foreigners entering USA; 1944 war result not certain; Friends lost in World War 2, Canadian Forces in Battles; Atrocities on both sides; farm tools 2 Centuries
Oral History Interview: Sept 30, 2000; Parallel Lives : Jack and Wanda, Wanda and Jack; [Subtitled: A Davis-Keefe, Canadian-American Experience] including:
Wanda Dressmaking & Business ; Sewing Club, Circle; Small Businesses for women & war changed things; GI Bill, Consumer Goods, College and Mortgage Loans; Possible Subjects for future interviews For Photos see: http://www.adhiratha.net/www/oral-history/MAThesis/4pub_htm/MAT2_D01.htm [ii] Wanda’s parents and siblings: Mother: Wilde (nana), Father: Stanley (papa); Brother: Fred; Sisters: Wilde? (dede), Gwendolyn (gwen)and June (babe june) [iii] Wanda Married John J. Keefe Jr.(jack) in June of 1944 in Canada intending to only visit NY for a Honeymoon trip. The trip was extended and 9 Children were part of the journey: John Joseph, (jack) - May of 1945, Adhiratha (kevin kenneth) -May 1947, Thomas Stanley (tim, tom) -Mar 1949, Elizabeth Catherine (beth) -Apr 1951, Donna Theresa – Aug? 1952, George Charles Nov (1955), Moira Bernadine (s..) - July 1957, Michael Vincent –Aug 1958, and Mark Steven (Feb 1960?). Grand children / great grand children numbers continue to increase, details on these (and other relatives including spouses etc.) can be filled in by request to parents. J
Wanda’s 60th Party Aug or Sept 1981: 8 Children [missing Donna] with 5 Partners, Uncle Tom and 3 Grand Children :