Thomas X. Keefe Sr.

SSA claims adjuster, 92

November 29, 2006

Thomas X. Keefe Sr., a retired Social Security Administration claims adjuster, died of pneumonia Nov. 22 at Stella Maris Hospice. The former longtime Timonium resident was 92.

Mr. Keefe was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in 1936. In 1939, he earned his law degree from Fordham University.

During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard and attained the rank of captain.

From 1946 to 1952, he was a training specialist for disabled veterans with the Veterans Administration in New York City. In 1952, he went to work for the SSA as a claims assistant in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Mr. Keefe came to Baltimore in 1955 when he joined the bureau of disability insurance in the SSA's old headquarters in the Candler Building. He later became a supervisory claims adjuster at the agency's Woodlawn headquarters where he worked until retiring in 1975.

Since 2000, he had been a resident of Mercy Ridge retirement community. He was an avid poker player.

His wife of 52 years, the former Ann Sass, a registered nurse, died in 1997.

Surviving are three sons, Robert G. Keefe of Hanover, Pa., Dennis E. Keefe of Baltimore and Gerard E. Keefe of Timonium; a sister, Irene Sarlo of Marco Island, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Mr. Keefe was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where a funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

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