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Cardinal Keeler's family members share their memories

While many in the Baltimore region mourn the loss of Cardinal Keeler, Keeler's relatives say they will remember an energetic, devoted cousin they simply called 'Billy'.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- While many in the Baltimore region mourn the loss of Cardinal Keeler, Keeler's relatives say they will remember an energetic, devoted cousin they simply called 'Billy'.

Julie Mickeletti, Keeler's first cousin, spoke in the back of The Cathedral of Mary our Queen in North Baltimore.

"We all used to go out on the farm together in summers and he was painting a barn at my aunt's house and I left, looked up at him, and said, 'Billy are you going to be a painter when you grow up?', and he said, 'No, I'm going to be a priest!' "

She paused, as she reflected on a man she spent much of her childhood with.

"I said, 'Why are you going to be a priest?' and he said, 'Because God gave me life and I'm going to give him something back!'"

Family members say Keeler's legacy will live on.

Mickeletti added, " There isn't a doubt in my mind that he is a saint."

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Cardinal Keeler, who headed Archdiocese of Baltimore for 18 years.

For a gallery of images from Keeler's services, click here

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