NORTHEAST HARBOR — Charles “Carlo” Phillip Keep, beloved son of Courtney Garland Keep and brother of Madeline Paola Keep, died on May 2, 2017, at the age of 20 after a brief illness.
Carlo had a kind, gentle spirit and a love of backcountry skiing, longboarding, surfing and riding dirt bikes through the pastures of Maine, Vermont and Pennsylvania, where he grew up. He was known both for his ability to complete a perfect back flip off a 50-foot bridge or cliff and for his generosity toward others — he could often be found helping a family member or neighbor build a dock, chop firewood, or work on a motorcycle or tractor that needed repair. His kindness also manifested as a fiercely protective streak that made him quick to stand up for anyone who needed support.
Shortly before his death, Carlo had spent three months in South Africa and Mozambique, obtaining his international surf instruction certification and doing volunteer community service work with a group of other young surfers who formed a close bond. Patient and encouraging, he was a natural teacher. Upon his return to the United States, he had begun looking into agriculture and forestry programs in pursuit of his longtime interest in horticulture and the outdoors.
Carlo was born Dec. 18, 1996. His early years were spent between Bucks County, Pa., and Manhattan, N.Y. He later moved with his family to Northeast Harbor, and then to Norwich, Vt., where he graduated from Hanover High School in New Hampshire, a school at which his grandmother, Nancy Garland Stotz Keep, taught in 1952. He was the eldest son of his generation in the family.
Carlo’s grace, bravery and compassion will be remembered by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, Courtney Keep; father, Edoardo Almagià; and sister, Madeline Keep; as well as by grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who miss him greatly. “My lasting memories of Carlo,” a friend from his stay in South Africa recounted, “will be of a thoughtful, incredibly deep and intelligent man who laughed easily and listened carefully.”
A memorial service is planned for July 2017 in Northeast Harbor.