Terrance M. ‘Terry’ Keaney

May 30, 2015

Terrance M. ‘Terry’ Keaney

TERRANCE M. “TERRY” KEANEY in Winchester, May 30th. Beloved son of the late John and Nora (Curristan) Keaney. Devoted brother of Reverend Francis J. Keaney, SSC of Winchester, Anna L. McHugh of Woburn, Joan F. Cole of Woburn, and the late Mary T. Martin and John Keaney. Brother-in-law of the late Donald W. Martin, John J. McHugh, Jr., and Laurence S. Cole. Also lovingly survived by his nine nieces, four nephews and many other grand and great nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, June 3rd at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Washington Street, Winchester at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Terry’s honor, to the charity of one’s choice.

OBITUARY:

Terrance M. “Terry” Keaney passed away peacefully, comforted by his family, at the Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Saturday afternoon, May 30th after a year long illness. He was eighty-one years of age.

Born and raised in Winchester, he was one of six children, son of Irish immigrants to the late John and Nora (Curristan) Keaney. He was a graduate of Winchester High School, class of 1953. He worked for the Town of Winchester and retired after many years of service.

Terrance was a kind, polite, gentle soul with a very big heart. He was honest, hard-working and a real gentleman. He gave so much of himself to his family, whom he loved so dearly. Always enthusiastic to lend a helping hand, Terrance touched each and every one of us who had the pleasure of knowing him. He had a gift for making everyone he met feel very special. Generous with his volunteer efforts, he readily and happily gave to many charities and organizations.

Terrance was delighted in becoming an uncle to his nine nieces and four nephews and many grand and great nieces and nephews that followed. Since he didn’t have children of his own, he was like a 2nd father to all of us. He never missed a birthday, baptismal, first communion, confirmation, graduation or wedding. Family was very important to him, and he was blessed with a keen memory for everyone’s special dates & anniversaries.

Terrance was also a world traveler. He travelled all over the U.S. and abroad, including many trips to his parents’ native Ireland. He would bring back countless gifts and captivate us with his photos, slide shows and stories of adventures that inspired all of us to see the world as he had. Locally, he enjoyed going to Hampton & Old Orchard Beach, Cape Cod to see his Aunt & Uncle, Vermont to visit his niece & her family and also many trips to Foxwoods with the Jenks Center and the Sons of Italy.

In particular, Terrance was a spiritually religious, devout Catholic who attended Mass daily. He devoted many years of service at the Immaculate Conception Parish, volunteering as a Eucharistic Minister, alter server and at bingo. He was a member of the Winchester Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, holding the positions of Fourth Degree and Grand Knight, as well as a member of the St. Francis Guild and Woburn Elks. An avid sports fan, he attended many Boston Braves, Red Sox and Bruins games and belonged to the Woburn bowling league. He belonged to the Immaculate Conception Queensman Drum and Bugle Corp., as a bugle player. He was a talented, self-taught accordion player and many times performed at the Jordan Marsh department store during the holiday seasons. He also loved to play the piano at home and enjoyed country western, blue grass and gospel music. In fact, one of his favorite memories was driving north to the Lone Star Ranch in Reeds Ferry, NH to hear live music.

His inspirational strength, courage and faith in the Lord is what kept his heart beating so strongly throughout his lifetime.

In addition to his parents, Terry was sadly predeceased by his sister; Mary T. Martin; his brother, John Keaney; and his brothers-in-law, Donald W. Martin, John J. McHugh, Jr., and Laurence S. Cole.

He is lovingly survived by his brother, Reverend Francis J. Keaney, SSC of Winchester, and his sisters, Anna L. McHugh of Woburn and Joan F. Cole of Woburn, as well as his nine nieces, four nephews and many other grand and great nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, June 3rd at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Washington Street, Winchester at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Terry’s honor, to the charity of one’s choice.

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