Cornelius “Neil” J. Keane, 92, of Manchester and Hampton Beach, NH, died December 23, 2013, at his residence, after a period of declining health.
Born in Claremont, NH on February 22, 1921, he was the son of Timothy R. and Catherine (Sears) Keane. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City.
Neil graduated from Manchester High School Central, Class of 1941B. He attended Saint Anselm College.
During World War II, he served with the United States Marine Corps, Third Division. His tour of duty included Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Guam. He also served at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He held the rank of staff sergeant.
Until his retirement in 1983, he worked with New England Telephone Company for thirty-seven years. Later, he worked as a security guard at the Union Leader Corporation.
He was member of the New Hampshire General Court.
Devoted to his faith, he was a founding and active communicant of Saint Pius X Church where he served as Eucharistic minister, lector, usher, and on the parish council. In addition, he was a member of the Holy Name and Saint Vincent de Paul Societies of the parish.
He held membership in of the Knights of Columbus fourth degree, the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, No. 2, the Third Marine Division Association, the Telephone Pioneers of America, and the Legion of One Thousand Men.
He enjoyed traveling and spending time at his home at Hampton Beach.
He was married sixty years to Ruth (Elkins) Keane. She died November 22, 2004. He was also predeceased by a grandson, Samuel Russo; his brothers, Timothy and James; his sister, Catherine Fleming, his son–in-law, Paul Mahoney; and his sisters-in-law, Dorothy Elkins and Blanch Keane.
Family members include his five daughters, Carol Russo and her husband, Samuel of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Linda LaPointe and her husband, Kenneth, Joan Hebert, Barbara Mahoney, Dorothy Forand and her husband, Normand, all of Manchester; two sons, Cornelius W. Keane and his wife, Karen, and William Keane all of Manchester; sixteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sr. Caroline Keane, Order of the Carmelites, Winifred Doherty and her husband, Robert, and Helen Davison and her husband, James; his daughter-in-law, Joyce Keane, several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who made it possible for Neil to remain in his home, which he built for his family.
Services: Calling hours are Friday from 3 to 7 PM at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, corner of Concord Street, Manchester, NH.
The funeral will be held Saturday with a mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10AM in Saint Pius X Church, Candia Road, Manchester, NH.
Burial with military honors will take place in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, NH.
Courtesy local transportation for the afternoon calling hours will be provided on request by contacting Daniel Healy at 622-8223.