Fr. Francis J. Keaney, S.S.C.

May 13, 2018

Fr. Francis J. Keaney, S.S.C.

of Winchester, May 13th. Beloved son of the late John and Nora (Curristan) Keaney. Devoted brother of Joan F. Cole of Woburn and the late Anna L. McHugh, Mary T. Martin, John and Terrance “Terry” 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, three nephews and many other grand and great nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his nephew, Donald Martin. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, May 17th  at 9 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday evening, May 16th  from 3 – 7 p.m. Remembrances may be made, in Fr. Keaney’s honor, to the charity of one’s choiceFor directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

 

Reverend/Father Francis (Frank) J. Keaney, S.S.C., a longtime resident of Winchester, passed away Sunday, May 13th at the Vibra Hospital in Rochdale, MA.   The beloved son of Irish Catholic immigrants, the late John and Nora (Curristan) Keaney, Fr. Keaney was eighty three years of age. 

Born and raised in Winchester, he was the fourth of six children.  He graduated from Winchester High School along with the Class of 1952.

After high school, Fr. Keaney secured himself a position with Revere Sugar Company, now Domino Sugar, where he held the position of Bursar. All throughout his lifetime, he was an absolute wiz when it came to numbers and math.

In 1966, Fr. Keaney was ordained a Priest with the Society of Saint Columban (SSC). Prior, he studied at the Columban Father’s Seminary to fulfill his life’s dream of becoming a priest. He graduated from Bentley College, which is now Bentley University.  Afterwards he furthered his education at Harvard University. Fr. Keaney served in the Philippines where he served as a Missionary Priest. It was there that he truly dedicated himself to doing God’s work. He had been at the forefront of getting churches and schools, huts and homes, built there in the Philippines, along with educating them and often personally providing them with what was necessary for them to be completely successful in their chosen fields. Many of his students came to visit him at home to show appreciation for all he did for them. He had also coached and mentored other priests there, showing them what it was that needed to be done and the best way to get it done.

Fr. Keaney returned home after over twenty give years of being in the Philippines leaving behind the Filipino culture and people that he had grown to love. He loved traveling to Ireland and during stop overs to and from the Philippines, traveled to many countries. He was an avid tennis player and was instrumental in bringing tennis to his community in the Philippines.  He had Winchester Sports shop donate tennis equipment and money to build a tennis court that he help build and is dedicated to him.  He also taught his nieces and nephews how to play golf at the Woburn Country Club.

Returning home to care for his aging parents up to the time of their death, Fr. Keaney remained in the homestead right up until January of this year. Over the last two decades, he was an auxiliary Priest at the Immaculate Conception Church in Winchester, St. Joseph’s Church, Woburn and other churches in the neighboring communities.  He was often seen walking up to five miles each day in the community, sometimes with his beloved Brother, Terrance (Terry), reading the Bible.

Fr. Keaney’s family in Winchester and Woburn have always held a very special place in his heart. He held a very significant part in all their holidays, birthdays, graduations and weddings. Always there with a prayer or blessing for all and many times then leaving parties to go to the local hospitals to administer further blessings to the sick or those in need. He was hospital Chaplin at local hospitals and at Massachusetts General in Boston.

Fr. Keaney knew at a very early age that he was called by God to do his work, which came to him in a dream and the voice of God speaking to him in the night. Celebrating his 50th Jubilee in the priesthood and an additional two more years, Fr. Keaney has dedicated himself to loving and serving his Lord God every day of his life, and now shares with him in eternal life.

 

 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, May 17th  at 9 a.m followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday evening, May 16th  from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made, in Fr. Keaney’s honor, to the charity of one’s choiceFor directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Father Keaney (also his brother) was the sweetest & kindest man you could ever meet. Me & my family knew him ever since we attended the Immaculate Conception church. He did so much for so many in this world, God bless him & his compassionate heart. 🙂

  2. Eileen L Martin

    Thank you all for your beautiful kind words about Father Keaney. He will be missed beyond words!

  3. Michael and I are so sorry about the passing of Father Frank. We are away and unable to be with you all. We will keep you all in our prayers.

    Peggy & Michael McHugh

  4. Joanne Batziotegos

    What a rich, full, productive and *rewarding* life! Rest in peace Fr. Keaney. My deepest condolences to Joanne McHugh and her family.

  5. Joanne McHugh and McHugh Family. I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

    Diane Alicea

  6. Fr. Charles Lintz

    Fr. Frank, many thanks for your faith and hard work to spread the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ. May you rest in peace. Your Brother, Fr. Chuck Lintz,SSC

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