Thomas F. Keohane

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KEOHANE Thomas F., 80 of Magnolia, died Monday, July 14, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. “Our Thomas” entered the world on September 12, 1933 courtesy of his late parents Cornelius (Neely) Keohane and Hannah (Hickey) Keohane. He is survived by his devoted bride of 56 years, Rita M. (Fox) Keohane, and leaves behind two sons, Stephen Keohane and his wife Melissa of Jefferson City, Tennessee and David Keohane and his wife Kerry of Lexington, his daughter Diane Harrington and her husband Kevin of Winchester, five grandsons, Kevin, Thomas, Hank, Patrick and Edward Harrington, four granddaughters, Catherine Harrington and Hadley, Hannah and Madison Keohane, his brothers Daniel, Robert and Harold (Hank) Keohane and Hank’s wife Patricia, his sister Maureen Riley and her husband Richard, his sister-in-law Anne Keohane, many beloved nieces and nephews and his devoted neighbor Danny Crossen. He was predeceased by his older brother Cornelius (Connie) Keohane and much beloved sister-in-law Suzanne (Fitzpatrick) Keohane. Tom was raised in Arlington and following a spirited and adventurous youth, he joined the Navy at age 17 and served in the South Pacific during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge in 1954, he worked for Eastern Airlines in New York City and later Swift & Co. in Boston before joining the M.D.C. Police in 1961. He was a decorated patrolman who received numerous commendations for his bravery and exemplary service to the public. His career in law enforcement began at the time of the Irish Mob wars of the early 1960s and spanned the Vietnam War, Civil Rights and Boston busing protests of the 60s and early 70s. After suffering a debilitating line of duty injury, he retired from the M.D.C. in 1974. Enabled by a handful of well-timed and savvy real estate investments, he enjoyed a long and comfortable retirement. The sense of loss at the passing of “Our Thomas” is immeasurable. We loved him deeply with all our hearts. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no religious service or formal wake. Burial will take place on Saturday, July 19, at 11:00 A.M. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pine Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Family and friends are invited to gather at Tom’s residence (233 Hesperus Ave., Magnolia) to celebrate his life immediately following the burial. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, GLOUCESTER. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Boston Herald from July 16 to July 17, 2014
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