On the playground where I spent most of my days Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
R.I.P. Riley Dean Keesee
I consider myself Dean’s oldest son, and I believe he did too. First off you should know that outside of my papa, no man has meant as much to me as the man I will always reference as my dad.
My dad taught my brother Bobby, Mark and I some of the most important lessons in life. Here is what I consider the most important thing he taught us.
We learned that though hard work you can obtain your goals.
My dad always put others before himself. This is very evident when he married my mother and instantly became a father to a three year old son. I think that says a lot about someone to take on the duty of being a dad day one. That tells me he put my mother and myself before everything else. Some years later my Little brother was born and he was definitely dad’s shadow. Fast forward many years later dad married Denise and we gained another bother, Mark. One thing always remained constant as each of us grew older, dad continued to teach us the importance of hard work.
My brothers and I carry that with us now and we always will. Because whatever goal you set for yourself, can and will be accomplished as long as you work hard and take pride in the work you do. Because that is what dad taught us.
Now there is a another thing he taught me. I learned that no matter the difference in people, music can build bridges.
Dad and I didn’t always see eye to eye as we where very different kinds of people, but that never stopped him from being my dad. He found one thing that we could always share and that was music. It is what I will always cherish and hold dear in my heart. The passion Dad had about music and what it meant to the core of his soul. It was the one common denominator that we shared. Our choice in music was an expression of who we are and we let everyone know who are, as loud as we possibly could. That is why you are hearing what you’re hearing today because this represent our dad and who he is and who is was.
Dad this is for you. We love you and we will live every day with you in our hearts.