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Brian McKeever

December 22, 1955 - June 4, 2018

Brian McKeever passed away on June 4, 2018 at the age of 62 from pancreatic cancer. He was a resident of San Francisco for 40 years and it was his true home.

Brian is survived by his wife Jan Monaghan, his mother Marilyn, and his 4 brothers James, Patrick (Sherry), Michael (Karen), and Daniel (Dana). He is also survived by nieces Karen, Andrea, and Madeline and nephews Shaun, Sean, Jeff, Jacob, Lucas, and Aidan. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond and nephew Jeffrey.

Brian was born and raised in Fresno, CA. His parents raised 5 boys, Brian the eldest, and they taught them to be independent and responsible individuals.

Brian played in Yosemite NP his whole life, it was his special place. He was a hiker, backpacker and a rock climber, he assisted in volunteer search and rescue in the park, and one summer he even worked at the gas station at Chinquapin, so he could spend a whole summer in the park.

He served in the US Coast Guard from 1976 to 1982 mostly assigned to Fort Point Station in the San Francisco Presidio. Duties on the bay and at sea off the Northern California coast included medical emergencies, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, and he was a certified heavy weather surf coxswain. While in the Coast Guard he also independently became an Emergency Medical Technician.

After he left the Coast Guard he went back to school, became a Paramedic, and worked in San Francisco and the Bay Area for 12 years. His favorite medic story was getting to be the stage paramedic for the Rolling Stones," Tattoo You Tour" concert at Candlestick Park in 1981. He was a very skilled paramedic and was trained to transport premature infants by ambulance or helicopter. He also taught CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support to other paramedics and the community.

In 1989 Brian finished training for his last career and received his Airframe and Powerplant License. United Airlines hired him to be a mechanic at SFO where he worked for 27 years until retirement. While he was at United he served a term as Vice-President of AMFA-Local 9, the airline mechanics union, where he represented mechanics on the West Coast working for United, Alaska, Northwest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.

He traveled the world with the love of his life Jan for more than 39 years, taking their nieces and nephews on overseas trips as high school graduation gifts to Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

He loved wine, women, song, sailing, and complaining.

It was a good life.

If there is anything he can offer from his experiences they are: don't put off doing things you love, take chances, love the people around you, and look around - there are more good people in the world then bad.

There will be a Celebration of Brian's Life in the Fall.

Brian's family wants to thank Ricardo, Brian's nurse, from Sutter Health Hospice for his wonderful care and counsel. Also, the Zen Hospice Guest House and The Tamalpais for their excellent care. We felt the loving care and commitment from this community every day.

Contributions in Brian's name can be sent to:
Sutter Care at Home Hospice Services (www.suttercareathome.org) or
Zen Hospice Project (donate.zenhospice.org) or mail to 273 Page St. San Francisco, CA 94102.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from June 10 to June 13, 2018
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