Michael G. Keenan
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AGE: 67 • South Seaside Park
Michael G. Keenan, or Big Mike, as he was known in his hometown of Midway Beach, South Seaside Park, NJ, earned his nickname not only by his big stature, but with his big character and big heart, that touched the lives of many in the community. Growing up in New Brunswick, Michael took his basketball skills from St. Peter's High School to the courts of Florida's Chipola Junior College where the team made it to the junior national championship, and Mike continued spending winters around the campus until his passing. Big Mike was a permanent fixture on Midway Beach, and when he was not bodysurfing or fishing, he could be found talking about the Dallas Cowboys, the Boston Red Sox, or his favorite topic, the pride he took in his loving family. Sibling to two, father to three, and grandfather to six, not a day went by without him imbuing his sense of humor into all of his family's lives. Born December 30, 1945, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, Michael G. Keenan passed before his time, due to heart failure, at the age of 67, and will be tremendously missed by many.
Michael was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Barbara Keenan, and is survived by his daughter, Kelly Collard, and her husband Clint of Maricopa, AZ; his daughter, Katie Pascucci and husband Ivo of Rumson, NJ; his son, Brian Keenan of New York, NY; his sister, Barbara Yanik and her husband Michael of Waretown, NJ; his sister, Marylou Kaiser and her husband John of Somerset, NJ; his grandchildren, Emily, Megan and Katelyn Collard and Colleen, Enzo and Brooke Pascucci; and his nephew, Michael Kaiser and his wife Claire.
Family and friends are invited to the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St., Somerset, NJ 08873 between 3 & 7 pm Wednesday. In lieu of flowers please, memorial contributions in Mr. Keenan's name would be greatly appreciated to the Chipola Foundation, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446.
Published in Home News Tribune & Asbury Park Press on Feb. 12, 2013