August 26, 1936 ~ August 20, 2020

Born in: Springfield, MA
Resided in: Enfield, CT

The Rev. John J. Keane, age 83, died August 20, 2020 at his home in Enfield. He was born in Springfield, Mass. on August 26, 1936, son of the late Martin J. Keane, Sr. and Mary Ellen (Devine) Keane. Father Keane was raised in Enfield, where he attended Saint Joseph Elementary School, and later attended Cathedral High School in Springfield. He graduated from Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Father Keane was ordained a priest at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford by Archbishop Henry O’Brien on May 31, 1962. He served as an assistant at Saint Pius X, Wolcott, Immaculate Conception, Hartford, Our Lady of Victory, West Haven, Saint Joseph, New Haven and Saint Ann, Devon. He was appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Waterbury in 1981 and Saint John the Baptist Church in New Haven in 1987, where he served until his retirement in 2011. During this pastorate, he also served as Administrator of Saint Ann Church in Hamden, from 2004-2011.
He leaves a brother, Martin J. Keane, Jr., a niece, and three nephews.
BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden is in care of private funeral arrangements. A Memorial Mass for Rev. Keane will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm at Christ The Bread of Life Parish / Blessed Sacrament Church, 321 Circular Avenue, Hamden


Memorial Mass: September 30, 2020 4:00 pm

Blessed Sacrament Church
321 Circular Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514


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  1. Fr. Keane married us at Sacred Heart Church in Waterbury on a hot August 27, 1983 Saturday! What a kind soul he was to us and a wonderful pastor to all his parishioners.

    God speed!

  2. Thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Our deepest condolences. may Father John rest in piece.

  3. Father Keane was our pastor at Saint John the Baptist for 24 years and he was also a dear friend. May he rest in everlasting peace.

  4. John was a classmate of mine at St. Thomas Seminary and a friend over all these years. I remember him as a very studious and serious student and as a wonderful priest.
    We were ordained the same year. I will certainly miss him.
    Luke V. Lauretano, Walllingford

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