J. Keane

J. William "Bill" Keane

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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John William “Bill” Keane, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the age of 89. He was the husband of the late Patricia (Curley) Keane, who predeceased him on February 12, 2016.

Born in Westerly, he was the son of the late John V. and Rose Keane.

After graduating from Stonington High School in 1947, Bill served in the US Army for four years during the Korean War, earning the rank of Sergeant. He then worked for AT&T, and later, Electric Boat in Groton until his retirement in 1994. He was also a longtime co-worker at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home where “K-man’s” salty humor and loyal friendship were held in the highest regard and will be sorely missed.
He was a communicant of St. Michael Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Calabrese Society.
Bill spent his summer days at the beach reading, and he especially enjoyed traveling to Marco Island with his late wife Pat. He liked gardening and was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan.
He will be remembered fondly for his sharp wit, keen intellect, and love for his family.

Bill will be deeply missed by his daughter Kerry Keane Carlini of Westerly; his two sons, James of Pawcatuck and John and his wife Julie of Nevada; his six cherished grandchildren, Kristen Keane Nigretti and husband Anthony of Milford, CT, Billy Keane of Pawcatuck, Shannon Weinstein and husband Jason of Killingworth, CT, Meredith Keane of Gloucester, MA, Meagan Castor and husband Jason of Nevada, and Caitlin Carlini of Charlestown, RI; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Sawyer Nigretti. Bill is also survived by his brother Donald Keane of Coventry; daughter-in-law Donna Keane; former daughter-in-law Karen Petrowski Keane; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Michael Keane; his grandson Sean Keane; and his sister Marybell Petrosinelli.

With respect to Bill’s wishes, visiting hours are omitted. Funeral service and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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Steve Lamb (& family... Nancy, David & Peter)

Posted at 11:12pm
Dear Kerry, John, and Jim…
My sincere condolences to you and your extended families on the passing of your dear father… my heart goes out to you all. I was very fond of Bill, not only as a co-worker of his at EB, but mainly as a long-time family friend of his. The last time I saw Bill was in Christo’s parking lot, just after he had picked up some lunch to take home. I think I kept him talking for too long though because by the time he was driving off, he had forgotten that he’d left his grinder on the truck cab roof. Just as I spotted it and was about to holler to him, he hit the brakes, got out of the truck, reached up and grabbed the bag off the roof, and looked back at me laughing, saying… “Well Steve, there goes your free lunch!” We both laughed hysterically. That was Bill… rarely in a foul mood, usually with a smile, and always out for a good laugh (even if it was at his own expense). I will miss seeing him around, as will all of his many friends. I’d stopped by his house a couple times since seeing him that day, once with my folks before my dad passed, but each time he wasn’t at home… most likely down the beach somewhere, I’m sure. I left a note for him one time… hopefully he got it, just so he knew we’d stopped by for a visit.
I’m sure Heaven has embraced Bill, and I’m sure your mom and brother was there to greet him when he arrived. Every day will be a beach day now. I can just picture he and my dad, sitting in their beach chairs high up on the dune, “pretending to be reading their books” while keenly watching the “traffic” go by.
I sure hope the days ahead will be filled with happy memories of your dad, and many peaceful reminders of the love and laughter you all shared… ones that will last in your hearts forever.
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