NORWAY – Keith Godwin Willoughby passed away on March 25, 2021. He was born on Feb. 5, 1927 in Milwaukee, Wis., son of Geoffrey and Marion Van Arsdale (Helliwell) Willoughby.
He grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wis. where he attended high school. In his senior year he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was awarded a Master of Economics. Later he got a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. While at Madison, he met Lieselotte Haack, of Bielefeld, Germany, an exchange student enrolled in a special program for Industrial Relations. They were married in 1954 in Cologne, Germany where they resided.
Returning to the U.S. in 1955, he worked for Dun and Bradstreet, Wm. E. Pollock and Company and the Chase Manhattan Bank. After he became second vice president, his job required a lot of traveling, which kept him away from home where he and his wife were raising two young sons. He therefore accepted an offer as vice president of the Newton Savings Bank. The family moved from Ridgewood, N.J. to Newton, Mass. After he was promoted to president of the bank, he expanded the organization and its services and merged with Suffolk Franklin Savings Bank. He retired as chairman and chief executive officer of First Mutual of Boston, the bank’s new name.
He was an innovative banker who served on many state and national committees, including the National Council of Savings Institutions, Massachusetts Bankers Association, Savings Bank Employees Retirement Association, Savings Bank Life Insurance Corporation, and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
Community and church service were always important to him. In the Newton/Boston area he was involved with many organizations; the All Newton Music School, The Charles River Watershed Association, The Jackson Homestead, Lasell University and the Newton Mayor’s 7 a.m. advisory council. He was a co-founder of the Good Shepherd Hospice in Newton, one of the first in the country.
After retirement, he moved to Waterford full time, and immediately began volunteering for local and regional organizations. With his wife, he co-chaired the Deertrees Theater Capital fund drive, which helped to restore the historic theater in the woods of Harrison. He also joined SCORE, counselling small businesses and start-ups and was instrumental to the effort that convinced the VA to locate a new Veteran’s Home in a rural area, where services are frequently sparse. The new Maine Veteran’s Home is now in South Paris. He helped create the Pearl Starbird Scholarship Fund, which awarded scholarships in arts and music to Oxford Hills High School graduates. A regular church goer, he served in many capacities from Sunday School teacher to senior warden. He was an avid reader who loved the arts and classical music and was a regular supporter.
He is survived by his wife and lifetime love, Lieselotte “Lilo” Willoughby of Norway; and two sons, Geoffrey A. and Gregory J. to whom he read A.A. Milne, each night at bedtime, in their early years; also, grandsons Lukas J. and Tucker L.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with his family at http://www.chandlerfunerals.com.
Donations in his memory may be made to causes and organizations that he volunteered for and supported, or to the
Parish of the Good Shepherd,
Waban, MA or
Norway, ME 04268.