BEVERLY FARMS — John J. ("Jack") Keegan, 82, of Beverly Farms died peacefully Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Masconomet Healthcare, in Topsfield surrounded by his children.
He is reunited in eternal life with his beloved wife of 52 years, the late Joan M. (McTiernan) Keegan who passed away on Feb. 18, 2009.
Born on Oct. 15, 1925 in Beverly, he was the son of the late John J. and Mary E. (Fleming) Keegan and lived most of his life in Beverly Farms. He was a graduate of the Beverly High School, Class of 1943. At only 17 years of age, Jack enlisted in the United States Navy serving until being honorably discharged on May 8, 1946. Stationed in San Diego, he was an Aviation Radioman on Coastal Patrol Duty.
Following World War II, along with other Farms veterans, he obtained a Private Pilots License from Northeast Airways, Beverly Airport. He re-enlisted in the Navy from 1949 to 1953 serving as an Aviation Electronicsman at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. Upon discharge from the Navy, he served briefly as a Beverly Police officer before beginning his career in communications with American Airlines. After an almost 30-year career at both Logan Airport and in Boston, he retired in 1982.
In the Beverly Farms community, Jack was known for the twinkle in his eye when he smiled. He was a good friend to all his neighbors on his "block"; always ready to lend a hand to an old friend or a new resident. Jack stocked treats for the neighborhood dogs that happily beat a path to his door. Those neighborhood family friendships, most extending through decades, were a core part of Joan & Jack's lives.
A longtime active member and former Post Commander of the Michael J. Cadigan, Jr. American Legion, Post 46, Jack participated in all Legion events. He always proudly marched in the Beverly Farms Memorial Day parades. He was also a communicant of Saint Margaret Parish.