The Obit For Joe Keenan

Joseph Thomas Keenen Sr.
Born 11/12/1927 - Died 5/28/2011

Published in The Daily Times on June 2, 2011

Joseph Thomas Keenan Sr.,83. Born in South Philadelphia. Growing up he worked many seasons as a lifeguard in Wildwood, NJ and enjoyed spending his summers there during the course of his life.

As a teenager he played baseball, football, and basketball for South Catholic High School and was inducted as a member of South Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

He served with distinction as a paratrooper in the US Army during W. W. II and Korea achieving the rank of Sergeant; played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and retired from the Philadelphia Gas Works in 1989.

Mr. Keenan was a member of American Legion Post 667 in Manoa, Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus De La Salle chapter and was a parishioner of St. Dorothy Parish in Drexel Hill for the past 35 years.

He is pre-deceased by his parents James and Catherine Keenan; sisters Betty and Sissy; brothers James and Robert. Survivors: His wife of 56 years Phyllis Keenan (nee Martin); sons Joseph T. Keenan Jr. (Darlene) of Aston, PA and John Keenan (Anita) of Philadelphia, PA; daughter Betty Lynn Keenan of Havertown, PA; sister Helen Edwards (Wilson) of Glassboro, NJ; also 8 grandchildren.

Visitation for friends and family will be held at Ruffenach Funeral Home in Drexel Hill, PA Friday 7 to 9 PM and Saturday 9 to 9:45 AM.

Funeral Mass 10 AM at St. Dorothy Church in Drexel Hill, PA Burial SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Marple Twp., PA.