Alfred Keye

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Alfred J. Keye
Feb. 21,1943 - Sept. 14, 2022

With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our dear father, Poppa, brother, Uncle and friend…Tawenae with Faith Keeper name Deyonondo:ge Alfred was Mohawk turtle clan and was in his 79th year.
Predeceased by parents Amos Keye Sr. and Reta Keye (Powless -Buck).

He leaves behind his children Lance, Travis and Diana, Collie, Jason and Tiana, Missy and Junior Redeye and their Mother Ivadell.

His grandchildren Selina and Gawidrageho and  Lexie and Dezlin. They were their Poppa’s world. He cherished every moment and day with them. They will miss their Poppa dearly.
Survived by siblings Amos Key Jr and Margaret Keye and Bill Styres. Predeceased by siblings Lottie, Austin and David Keye. He was proud Uncle to Diane and Paul, Desmond and Mike and Jaycie. Plus many great nephews and nieces. Traditional medicine friend to Ben Thomas.

Alfred was Todinohsgaweh at Seneca Longhouse. He dedicated his life to the preservation of the Cayuga Language as a teacher, mentor and consultant. He co authored the 1st Cayuga language dictionary and helped translate the Gaihwi:yo. He was a member of Ironworkers Local 736 Hamilton.  Member of Old Mush Singers and a avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He played many sports baseball, broom ball and was part of the 1967 Expo Lacrosse team.

Alfred will be resting at the home of Travis and Diana located at fifth house at 2251 Cayuga Road. Visitation will be after 6pm Thursday Sept. 15th. Funeral Service and Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 17, 2022 at Seneca Longhouse on 5th line, Six Nations. Arrangements by Styres Funeral Home, Ohsweken.


Posted by Luanne & Chris Martin on
Very saddened to hear of Alfred's passing. This is a great loss for our community. Condolences to all of Alfred's family and friends.
Posted by Ivan Thomas on
Deepest condolences to Alfred's family and friends. Alfred's dedication to the preservation of the native Cayuga language was his major goal. He will be missed in so many ways.
Posted by Michelle Hill on
I met AMOS but a few times and was so impressed with his kindness of spirit and his dedication to following the path he knew was his own. Certainly his passing will leave many sad and yet enriched lives in its wake
Posted by Michelle Hill on
Should read Alfred, of course but my thoughts were with Amos as well and my thoughts came out of my fingertips. My apologies
Posted by Cindy Carpenter on
My sincere condolences to Alfred Keye’s family.
Posted by Janice Mt Pleasant on
Many condolences to the family of Alfred.
Posted by Bonnie Davis on
Sincere condolences to Ivadell and families and Amos Keye and families, I have some old memories when the Keye family were our neighbours, Alfred was always a good, pleasant person, always was kind and said hello. No more suffering. From Bonnie and Cecil Davis and families.
Posted by Josephine Flicker on
I am sorry to hear of Aldred's passing...I remember when he taught at Hagersville Secondary School. He was such a nice man with always a smile. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Dicki on
While this message of condolence is rather late, I wish to express my feelings of sadness to Alfred's loved ones.
I came to know Alfred and friends many years ago at Ohsweken Teen Town. He always had a smile and some wry thing to say! Years later, I spent short visits with he and other Cayuga speakers when they were writing, recording and translating documents. Alfred was an enormous fount of information as they completed their work.
Alfred will be missed in the community. His passing will be especially missed in the Cayuga Language groups and in the Old Mush Singers.
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