Lions Club selling sausage on Sept. 11 in benefit for Keding scholarship

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 September 2021 at 9:23 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: John Keding is shown outside Keding Automotive in Albion when he celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept. 2, 2015.

ALBION – The Albion Lions Club will be serving sausage on Sept. 11 at the former Keding Automotive at 309 East  Ave. with the proceeds going towards a new scholarship in memory of John Keding.

The scholarship will go to a graduating senior pursuing a career in the trades. Keding worked for 70 years a mechanic and owned Keding Automotive for 46 of those years.

He passed away at age 85 on January 18, 2021. He retired in August 2020.

Keding also was a member of the Albion Lions Club for 52 years. He enjoyed cooking sausage with the Lions at many community events, including the Strawberry Festival. Many of the Lions will be tending the grill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11, outside the former auto repair business on Route 31.

The event will also be a chance to celebrate Keding’s life. His daughter, Christine Buongiorne, encourages the community to “bring your appetites and your stories!”

The Lions Club expects the scholarship will become an annual award for a graduating senior.