Keane Jr, Joseph F.
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Joseph Francis Keane Jr, of Derby, entered into rest on Friday, April 18th 2014, at Shelton Lakes Nursing Home. Born August 22, 1931 in Prescott AZ to Joseph and Eugenia Keane. Husband of Elizabeth R. Keane, of over 46 years. Father of four sons and one daughter; Joseph F. Keane, III and his wife Kimberly of Derby, Michael P. Keane and his wife Lucille of Huntington Beach, CA, John P. Keane and his wife Stephanie of Westport, MA, Patricia M. Keane Bruyn and her husband John of St Pete Beach, FL, and Patrick J. Keane and his wife Isabella of Oxford. He is survived by five grandchildren, Michael Jr., Shannon, Molly, Jack Jr., and Ryan. Two sisters, Eleanor Dickerson of Sandy Hook CT, and Nancy Smith of Norwalk CT. He had one nephew David Dickerson of Sandy Hook, CT, and two nieces, Pamela and husband Paul Gunneson of Cheshire CT, and Wendy and husband Art Fuller Sandy Hook CT and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph F. and Eugenia Keane, aunt Mary Agnes Keane, wife Elizabeth R. Keane and brother in-law Duane "Skip" Dickerson. Joe is a U.S. Army Miltiary veteran, serving in Germany from 1951 to 1953. Joe worked for Sikorsky Aircraft for almost 40 years which included the honor of working on the Presidential Helicopter program until his retirement in 1992. He was a nomad at heart and loved to drive everywhere which he passed onto his children through their many road trips cross-country to California or to Florida to watch the Daytona 500 and go to Disney. He always said "You are never lost because all roads lead to Bear Mountain or Reads". His life had a love of all things mechanical, whether it was a plane, train, car or boat. He had a natural ability to fix and work on all things mechanical. He filled his free time in his retirement with playing in what his late wife called his "Sandbox" where he restored late Model T Fords and tractors. He especially loved having a big family and seeing all of his children and their families become better than he and his wife could ever of hope for in life. And always wished to give a better life to his family then he had himself, and teach to them all how to always survive. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Friends may greet the family at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road, Shelton, on Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. On Wednesday, his funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:00 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at St. Mary's Church in Derby. Burial with military honors will follow at St. John's Cemetery in Monroe. In lieu of flowers please make donations to CT Hospice, Branford CT.
Riverview Funeral Home
390 River Road Shelton, CT 06484
Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 20, 2014