Charles Courtney Keller, III, passed away in Miami, FL, January 4th, 2021, at the age of 77, after fighting a long illness.
Born in New York City to the late Charles Courtney Keller, Jr. and Jane S. Keller, most of his childhood was spent in Bronxville, NY, graduating from high school nearby and then joining the Air Force at the height of the Vietnam war. After an honorable discharge, he moved to Miami to pursue a career in aviation. There he met and married Sheryl Smith, and they had two boys, Christian and Brian. Together, the Kellers owned and operated the popular Cheese Villa cafes on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables and in One Biscayne Tower in Miami.
Courtney was loved by family and friends for his jovial personality. He was a loving father and sports fan who coached his sons in little league baseball and took his family to countless Hurricane and Dolphin games. He enjoyed skiing, boating and, later in life, showing his beloved yellow labradors. Court was also a volunteer and advocate for the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami and their goal to find a cure.
Preceded in death by sister Mary Jane Rundlett of Bronxville, NY, and survived by sister Anne Torell of Bronxville, NY, along with seven nieces and nephews, longtime companion Wanda Simmons of Alvin, TX, and sister-in-law Suzanne Smith of Montgomery, AL.
A celebration of life will be scheduled for a future date.