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In Memoriam: Royden Keeley, Leading Light in PolarClad’s Journey


February 26th – With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Royden Keeley, the esteemed General Manager of PolarClad (subsidiary of BevZero), who passed away on February 2, 2024 at the age of 58 after a 20-month battle with brain cancer. Royden’s departure has left a profound void in the BevZero family and the industry as a whole.

A lifetime Sonoma County resident, Royden was born and raised in Santa Rosa and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1983. He spent the latter half of his life residing in Windsor. Royden joined PolarClad in 2006 and quickly moved to the position of general manager which he held for over 16 years.

Royden was more than a General Manager; he was the cornerstone of the PolarClad success story. His visionary leadership and unwavering dedication propelled the company to new heights during his tenure. Under his guidance, PolarClad flourished, emerging as a leader of high-quality tank insulation and mixers within the wine industry.

Beyond his professional achievements, Royden was cherished for his warmth, kindness, and sense of humor. He touched the lives of countless individuals with his genuine compassion and selflessness, leaving an indelible mark on everyone he encountered.  Though he may be gone, his influence will endure, a testament to the profound impact of his presence.

Royden is survived by his beloved children, Travis Keeley, Jenee DuMolin and Derek Keeley, his granddaughter Anaya Hidalgo, his partner, Carolyn Miles, who assured his quality of life over the last 20-months, Denise Keeley, previous spouse and long-time friend, his older brother, Gary Keeley (Jill Keeley) and niece Elisabeth Keeley. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Lloyd Keeley, and mother, Marion Ruth Weldon.

The family will be honoring Royden with a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 3. Please reach out to family or friends for more details.