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56 Washington St.
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: (781) 235-1481
Fax: (781) 235-3466
Robert Keenan

Robert T. Keenan Jr.

Wednesday, April 13th, 1955 - Friday, March 8th, 2019
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Robert T. Keenan Jr. , age 63, of Wellesley passed away on March 8 th while playing hockey, the game he loved all his life. Beloved husband and best friend of Karen (Creegan) and devoted father of Ryan, Dylan and Brendan Keenan, all of Wellesley.

Bob grew up in Dorchester as the loving son of Roberta Keenan-Conuel of Quincy and the late Robert T. Keenan with his brothers and sisters John J. Keenan of Quincy, Mary J. Keenan of Waltham, Michael E. Keenan of South Pasadena FL, Stephen Keenan of Springfield, Thomas Keenan of Scituate, Dr. Ann Doggett-Ventura of Newton and the late Edward Keenan. He attended Don Bosco Technical High School and then entered the Air Force. After leaving the service, he studied electrical engineering, specializing in microwave technology.

Bob met Karen on a blind date and eloped with her exactly two years later so he would only need to remember one key date. They settled in Wellesley in 1998. He retired from Raytheon in 2002 to raise his three sons, spending countless hours taking photos of their every move and coaching all of their hockey teams. He embraced every hobby – from sailing to photography – with such relentless analytics and fervor that he drove his family nuts. When Ryan wanted to learn guitar, Bob decided to learn guitar with him. He persuaded Karen to take the opportunity of a two-year work assignment in London so the family could traipse all over Europe on “educational” trips and proceeded to study French and Italian. He was passionate about the Patriots and Bruins, overanalyzing every game and trade with his brothers. He loved to travel, especially to the Superbowl when the Patriots were playing.

He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Paul F. Creegan Jr. of Walpole and Brian Creegan of
Tyngsborough and his sister-in-law Kathleen Creegan Damaskos of Mattapoisett as well as many nieces and nephews: Farhana, Jessica, Emily, Sean, Jake, Victoria, Cameron, Marc, Anna-Jean, Alison, Elena, Heather and Shawn.

He was proud of his extended family and loved them more than anything. Although we miss him already, we are incredibly grateful to have had him in our lives.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4-8 PM in the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 56 Washington
St. Wellesley Hills. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the
Wellesley Youth Hockey Association, PO Box 812182, Wellesley, MA 02482.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home 56 Washington St. (Rte 16) Wellesley Hills
    Additional parking available at St. John the Evangelist Church.
  • Interment

    Interment will be private.
    Private, MA
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David Suetens & Ann Cuypers

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Dear Karen, I/We had the opportunity to get to know Bob better during your two stay in London and still remember our joint conversations and commonalities at some fun evening long summer night drinks! He was a very inspiring gentlemen with great global insight and fantastic hobbies. As a family you truly enjoyed your European stay. I hope that in this moment of sadness and grief for you, the kids and the entire family and friends you also find the time to reflect on the great moments you jointly treasured and I'm sure you will continue to pass his legacy to the children. Stay strong and take your time. Our sincere condolences, David & Ann Suetens-Cuypers

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Karen, Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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