MICHAEL DEREK KEESHAN, 60, died suddenly on January 18, 2012 at his home in Old Greenwich, CT. He wasa beloved father to Britton and Connor, and husband to Lynn. He will be greatly missed. Michael was born in New York City on October 17, 1951 to Robert and Jeanne Keeshan. He was raised on Long Island with his sisters Laurie and Maeve. He graduated from Dartmouth College (Class of 1973) and went on to earn his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College (Class of 1975). There he forged many lifelong friendships and met his wife, Lynn. Michael spent over 35 years in the world of advertising and marketing. As an expert in brand strategy and corporate positioning herose to be one of the youngest Presidents and Chief Operating Officers of Saatchi & Saatchi NY and later, Chief Strategic Officer for Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. More recently, Michael focused his career in idea-driven creative communication as a private marketing consultant. Nowhere was "Mikey"-as loved ones affectionately called him-more successful than at home. A master of the grille and story telling, he leaves behind his many friends, his sons, Britton, 30 and Connor, 25 and his wife of 37 years, Lynn. In his office sits a needlepointpillow created by his mother that reads "Oh Lord give me a bastard with talent". Michael's talent was inspiring creativity, passion and humor in everyone that he met. That gift will surely be his legacy. A service to celebrate Michael's life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday January 21st at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Riverside, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to a fund in Michael's name at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
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Published in GreenwichTime on Jan. 20, 2012