Honorable William F. “Bill” Keenan, Sr.

Honorable William F. “Bill” Keenan, Sr. inNeedham, of Harwichport and Dorchester, age 92, Monday January 11, 2013. Former Representative and retired Adjutant of the Chelsea Soldier’s Home.  Born January 8, 1921 in Dorchester to Delia M. (Rafftery) of County Rosscommon,Ireland and William Michael Keenan of County Fermanagh,Ireland.  Brother of Joseph M. Keenan of Hamilton, New Zealand.  Husband of Marilyn (Kaplan) Keenan and father of Jude Mark Keenan who both predeceased Bill.  Survived by his children and their families: William F. Keenan Jr., MD and his wife Maryjean (Remitz) of Williamsport, PA and their children Cathy, Sean and Jude, Catherine M. Kittams, BSN and her husband Brian Kittams, MD of Lake Oswego, OR and their children Audrey (Kittams) Cosgrove-Lewandoski, and her husband Chris,  and Jessica Kittmas, Patricia M. Keenan-Luppi and her husband Mark Luppi of Needham, MA, Christopher J. Keenan, DO and his wife Monica (Delatorre) of  NJ and their children Juliana and Melissa, and David T. Keenan, Esq. and his wife Barbara (Finch ) of Dorchester, MA and their children Samuel, Christopher and Chanel, and two great-grandchildren Olivia and Molly Cosgrove-Lewandowski. Bill was raised in Saint Gregory’s Parish in the Lower Mill section of Dorchester,MA.   He graduated from Saint Gregory’s Grammar School. He attended Boston English High School.  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the H Company, First Marines, First Marine Division Reinforced, on Guadalcanal where he received the Order of the Purple Heart for his injuries, a Presidential Unit Citation, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.  He graduated from Holy Cross College with help of the GI benefits.  He later received his Masters in Economics from Boston College. Bill was elected and re-elected to six terms (12 years) in the House of Representatives. Bill was loved by all he met.  His lifework was in watching out for those who were vulnerable, with his work in as a high school teacher,  legislature, social worker for the Veteran’s Affairs, a member of the Consumer’s Council, and  Assistant  Adjutant at Chelsea Soldiers Home. Bill was named Democrat of the year in Harwich. Bill retired to his beloved Cape Cod in Harwichport.  He loved to swim, take long walks with his wife and family, spending time with his friends.  He was happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends.  He was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather and friend.   Bill loved his family and cherished his friends. He touched many lives.  His kind personality and loving smile will surely be missed, but not forgotten. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory Church, 2215 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Saturday February 16 at 11:30 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours at Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE , Friday 4 – 8 PM. Graveside Services will take place on Monday at 12 Noon at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Harwich, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital online at www.childrenshospital.org/tribute or checks made payable to Boston Children’s Hospital can be mailed to Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215.