Thank you for being the first person to grow food out of one of my garden beds. I will always remember your humor and sharp intelligence. The thought of you gardening in your backyard always made me smile. He lives on in everyone he met.
I was stunned to read of Michael Keane's premature passing while reviewing the Florida Bar News. He was an outstanding lawyer, a leading light of our profession.
To Corky & Family and all that loved Mike. We are all so very sorry to hear about your loss, he was a wonderful man and will be missed. Rest in peace, you are finally home.
Donna & Chuck
Mike was a unique lawyer and human being - "tilting at windmills" - seeking justice for his clients.
He will be dearly remembered as an outstanding professional, a great friend, a devoted coach, a man of honor.
Mike's brillance, dedication and ethics were evident from the first moment I met him, working late into the evening in the law review office at Stetson.
Mike, you will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know you. I was thousands of miles away when I heard about what happened, and it is still a shock. The courtyard of "Veritas" will never be the same.
I reported many depositions for Mike as a young reporter. He is on my list of best attorneys ever to have had the privilege to work with.
Debbie Shoman Zirbel
To the entire Keane Family - Our graduating Class of 1971 from East Longmeadow High School will remember Mike fondly and with a smile. He is gone way too soon. Above all else, he was a friend to us all. He was funny, kind, and a born leader. We share in your loss and will keep his legacy in our hearts and memories.
Keane was a great professor. I'm so glad I got to learn from him.
i always enjoyed working with Mike on the bar examiners. smart funny,all around good guy.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of someone so special. He touched so many lives during his too-short time here, which is his legacy of a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones during this very sad time. It was an honor and privilege to know him at Stetson University College of Law.
With sympathy, Professor Jeff Minneti and Academic Success/Bar Preparation Services Team: Michael Pierce, Kathryn Pelham, Quinn Ladd and Sharon Bilsborough
I first met Mike in 1977 when I was a new faculty member at Stetson and he was editor-in-chief of the law review. We worked together a lot, and what I remember most was his good humor in the face of any situation. Over the subsequent years, in our too infrequent interactions, I always knew that eventually we would end up smiling and chuckling over some human foible -- his, mine, or somebody else's. This was true even in our one professional relationship: I had been sued by a former student, and Lawyer Keane got on the phone and cajoled the plaintiff's attorney into dropping me from the case. In this, as in everything, Mike was an excellent lawyer and an even better human being.
Terry Keane and Family,
Please accept my deep sympathy on your loss of Mike. I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing. He was way too young.
I met Michael while working for Parker, Parker, Bitting, and then at his law firm Keane, Hayes, and Reese. I loved working for him. His knowledge of the law was unparalleled. His was always available to help. Watching him in the courtroom should have a course study for law students. He will be terribly missed.
Coach Keane, words can't even begin to describe the legacy you left behind. I have never met a man that has touched as many people as you did. It was an honor to have known you since I was roughly 5 years old. I'll never forget the years and years you spent with us growing up teaching us so much more than just baseball. Rest in peace Coach.
Lucy and I first met Mike in law school. Played softball with him as well as Whiffle Ball and Stratomatic baseball and drank more than one beer with him. After Lucy and I moved to Tallahassee he called me one day and told me to get ready because he was on his way to New Orleans and he had an extra ticket to the Super Bowl. A couple of hours later I was on my way to NO with him. Old friend. Last saw him a few weeks ago and watched the NFL playoff games. Glad we got to see him again before he graduated. Loved him.
Mike Keane will forever have a place in the history of this community as one of its finest lawyers. In addition to having a truly brilliant legal mind, he was a highly skilled trial attorney who was remarkably likeable, even when he was annihilating a witness on cross-examination. And, despite having a very busy practice, he always found time to help others – especially other lawyers who needed advice or direction. Mike was one of the most exceptional people I've ever had the good fortune to know.
I first worked with Mike as a law clerk at Parker, Parker, Bitting, Keane & Hayes, and after graduating from law school, went to work directly with Mike at Keane, Hayes & Reese. I leaned a great deal from Mike about how to be a vigorous advocate for your client while maintaining professionalism towards your opposing counsel. Mike was passionate about his clients, was a zealous baseball fanatic, and loved and celebrated life. His personality was larger than life. He will be greatly missed.
I first worked with Mike as a law clerk at Parker, Parker, Bitting, Keane & Hayes, going on to work directly with Mike for 1 1/2 years as an associate at Keane, Hayes & Reese. During that time, I learned a great deal about practicing law, being an advocate for your client, and what it is to be a professional. Mike's passion for the law, his devotion to the sport of baseball, and love of life were evident on a daily basis. A big man with a big personality and equally big heart. He will be sorely missed.
It is such a sad occasion to say goodbye to a true friend and gifted attorney. Our careers began together at the Harrison, Greene, Mann law firm, back in 1979, , and we were filled with hopes and expectations of a life in the law. But for Michael, I don't believe it was ever about financial success, as much as his deep belief that the law was meant for everyone.....especially those in need or less fortunate individuals.
I had the pleasure of watching Mike evolve into one of Florida's finest trial attorneys, and it was always an honor to work with him in the mediation process. When Michael was in the room, I always learned something....not just about legal concepts, but more importantly about the passion and loyalty that a caring lawyer brings to the client's world. In this arena , he was the best, and our profession has been dealt a terrible loss with Michael's untimely passing.
For 34 years, I had the pleasure of calling you my friend and fellow member of the bar. Why does that feel like just yesterday ? Your time with us was too short, but you have left us with gifts, memories, and ideals that will persist for generations to come.
With respect and love, Chuck and Traci Ross
Mike was down the hall from me at St. Anthony's Hospital. I walked by his room a number of times and waived. Various loved ones were constantly at his bedside. This man was loved. For me he was this highly respected mentor and leader in our community. In just 60 short years he cut a path that is unmeasurable by ten men. Blessings to his family and friends for the loss of this man. Frank McDermott
God blessed us with Mike's time and example. My prayers are with all who will miss him so dearly. He will forever serve as an example to us of what a lawyer, a professional, a community servant and human being should strive to be.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Michael's family, but particularly to Teri, our bridge buddy. We will be praying for you.
So very sorry to hear the news of Michael's untimely demise. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was the best trial lawyer I ever observed in court. I spent many a long day working with Michael and the Late John T Allen Jr. on water pipeline cases and got to witness his extreme intelligence and humor. Although I last saw him wearing a suit, I will always remember him in that old Red Sox warmup jacket he loved so much. My heart and my prayers go out to his extended family. God Bless you, Michael, always.
Coach Keane you will be missed but I will always remember with fondness you tossing bucket after bucket of balls at Northwest with your hat and suntan lotion your ever slipping shorts and your loud commanding voice your sense of humor and your kind heart..and for always treating Sean and Haley with kindness..and will use your motto always and think of you often..never..never quit
May God bless Michael his family and friends. I know he is in heaven watching over his family and hanging out with all his baseball heroes. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Prayers for peace and solace to the Keane family.
I am honored to have worked beside Mike as a Northwest Board Member and shared Baron Baseball with him as a fellow parent at St. Pete Catholic. Heaven received a wonderful man and we now have a new Angel in our outfield of life. We will give all the Baron support and ask God's blessings for Callaghan and Patrick.
I always admired Mike as being the highest role model for attorneys. I first met Mike at Stetson Law School when he was editor of Stetson Law Review when he edited one of my papers. Although I did not achieve Stetson Law Review, nor worked on a case with him to my memory, I sought his attention at social functions because I admired him so much and liked him so much. He was always friendly to me. I will miss him very much along with so many others. I extend my deepest sympathy to his families and friends.
The legal profession and our community have suffered a great loss. Mike's legacy of professionalism, civility, and zealous advocacy -- matched only by his commitment to his community -- should hopefully inspire and motivate the best in all of us.
All of the words are so inadequate. For our family, however, a few that do apply are friend, colleague, mentor, and intellectual and professional giant.
Ron, Virginia and Kimberly
Such a wonderful man. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. He was an inspriation to my son as well as many other children that he worked with. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, his wife and children. There are no words to describe the sadness that I am feeling. We love you Mike and may you rest in the arms of angels.
Our office will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Keane family. Michael will be loved and missed always.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.