It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Paul Frederick Keller. Born on September 27, 1925, Paul died at his home on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
He first purchased property on the Outer Banks in 1970 and purchased land and built a house in the Poteskeet subdivision in Duck in 1980. In 1995, he made this home his permanent residence. Mr. Keller served as President of the Duck Civic Association and was instrumental in the defeat of efforts to construct a Food Lion grocery store along the Currituck Sound in 1999. Due to the leadership shown throughout his life and career, he was tapped to serve as chaiman of the Duck Incorporation Committee.
Through planning and hard work with many others, Mr. Keller led Duck through the obstacles and false starts that eventually led to the establishment of the Town of Duck on May 1, 2002. He served as the Town’s first mayor from May 1, 2002 until December 4, 2002. At this time he decided to continue serving the town he loved as a Council Member through his term ending December 2003.
Following his term as Mayor and on Town Council, Mr. Keller was active by serving as the Chariman of the Town of Duck’s Municipal Property Master Plan Study Committee, President of the Outer Banks Kiwanis Club, Board member of Pathways International, member of the First Flight Society, member of the Dare County Transportation Advisory Board, and a faithful member of the Duck United Methodist Church, and enjoyed volunteering for the Advice 5K Turkey Trot that takes place in Duck.
A memorial service will be held on February 25, 2017 at 3:00 p.m at Duck United Methodist Church. There will be a reception in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall in Duck immediately following the service.