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Richard Edward (Dick) Keane(1927 - 2013)

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Richard (Dick) Edward Keane, 85, formerly of Hopkinton, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Ormond Beach, Fla. Dick was born on Dec. 23, 1927, in Manchester, to Dr. Edward F. Keane and Grace M. Keane (nee George).

When Dick was a young boy, the family moved to Newport where Dr. Keane opened a dental practice. Other than his family, Dick's love in life was his trumpet. He played in the Towle High School band (Newport) and was chosen as an all-state trumpeter. While still in high school Dick played in Buster Keating's Yacht Club Orchestra in Claremont, and at the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club. Dick loved the "Big Band" sound. After high school, Dick played in the 172nd Army Band for 18 months and came home to marry Jane L. Hill from Sunapee in June 1949. While attending the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Dick was solo trumpeter in the university band and President of the Band for his junior and senior years. He graduated from UNH in 1952 with a BS in Business Administration.

The family moved to Wilmington, Mass., where Dick put aside his trumpet and raised a family, daughter, Susan and sons, David and Richard Jr. He worked as sales manager at Raffi & Swanson for 35 years and was active in local politics. He served as Chairman of the Wilmington School Board and was on the organizing board for the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, Mass.

Dick was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Virginia Aiken; as well as by his wife, Jane, who died in 1995.

In 1998 he found love again and married Marie Iaccarino. After retirement Dick picked up his horn again and played for several local bands in the Hopkinton area. Dick and Marie were blessed with many happy years of companionship and travel before illnesses struck. Marie took wonderful care of Dick and he was able to be cared for at home until the last year.

Dick is survived by his wife, Marie Keane, Daytona Beach, Fla.; three children, Susan Keane Major, Haverhill, David L. Keane, Bangor, Maine and Richard E. Keane Jr., Riverside, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Michael C. Keane of Willington, Conn. and Alison G. Keane of Bangor, Maine. He is also survived by two sisters, Connie Widger of Gilmanton Iron Works and Barbara Hermanson of Glastonbury, Conn.; and his brother, Larry Keane of Winter Haven, Fla. He will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins, as well as the Hopkinton Town Band, in which he played for many years.

Dick was a sweet, gentle man. He loved simple things like playing card games, golfing with his brother-in-law, Harold Aiken, gardening, reading maps, and of course, playing his music.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name can be made to the Vitas Community Connection, c/o Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 2318 Mason Ave., Suite 100, Daytona Beach, FL 32117.

Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 1, 2013
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