Mr. John L. Keene, Jr. of Taunton, passed away at Morton Hospital on March 31st , 2022 at the age of 89. He was born in Fall River on May 5th, 1932 to the late John L. Keene, Sr. and Alma (Girard) Keene. John was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Haskell) Keene, with whom he would have spent 65 years with on June 1st.
John was a lifelong resident of Taunton and graduated from Taunton High School in the class of 1950. He was a longtime parishioner of the St. Jude the Apostle Parish and served as an Altar Boy in his youth for many years. John was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul and also received the Marian Medal many years ago.John was a big volunteer at the Taunton State Hospital for over 25 years. He was the President of Friends of Taunton State Hospital, an organization of which he founded. He was on the committee to make Colonial Estates a resident owned community. As a Real Estate Agent, he owned the Arcade Realty Corp. for several years and was the District Manager for H&R Block for 25 years.
John was a foodie. He loved to travel, especially on cruises. He enjoyed stock car racing, football and road trips by car.
In addition to his wife Eleanor, John sadly leaves behind his children; Lynda E. Keene and Lincoln J. Keene, both of Taunton and his 2 grand cats; Taffy and Tiger. He is survived by his sister; Mary-Alma and her husband Edward Bernier of Elizabeth New Jersey; sister-in-law; Eileen Keene and dear cousin; Yvonne LaBonte as well as many nieces, nephews and 4 Godchildren.
John was predeceased by his parents, John L. and Alma Girard Keene, his two brothers Joseph and Raymond Keene, his sister; Bernadette McDonnell and his in-laws, Henry and Dorothy Haskell.
Visitation will be held in the Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home, 467 Bay St., Taunton, MA on Sunday, April 3rd from 3:00PM-6:00PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Monday, April 4th in St. Jude The Apostle Parish, 249 Whittenton St., Taunton, MA. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 475 E. Britannia St., Taunton, MA. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s name to St. Jude The Apostle Parish, 249 Whittenton St., Taunton, MA
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