John Patrick (Sean) Keane of St. Petersburg, 83, passed away on March 24, 2008 after a long battle against Alzheimers Disease. Sean was born on March 12, 1925 in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. He was pre-deceased by his parents, John and Margaret (Madge Fitzgibbon) Keane, two sisters, infant Helen and Joan Melody, and four brothers, Leo, David, Bernard and Denis.
Sean was inherently proud of his Irish heritage and especially of his County Kerry. Before emigrating to the United States permanently in 1950, Sean was a member of the 1947 All Ireland Kerry football team which played for the Irish National Championship against County Cavan. This contest was held in September of 1947 in New York City at the old Polo Grounds. This was the first and only time in Irish history that this championship game was played outside of Ireland. Although his Kerry team lost, Sean never tired of boasting about that event.
Sean and his family moved to Florida in 1971 from Albany, New York. He worked for Swanson Chrysler Plymouth and retired in 1990 from Point Brittany.
Sean was a Roman Catholic and a life-member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Father Tansey Division 5 in Albany, New York, for over 50 years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
Sean is survived by his wife of nearly 54years, Sheila (Leary) Keane, one daughter, Mary Katherine (Kate)Clements (Tom),of Seminole, and seven sons: Sean (Concetta) of Loudonville, New York, Dennis (Linda) of Colonie, New York, Dan (Mary) of New Port Richey, David (Jeannine) Seminole, Brendan (Jennifer), Terry (Francine)and Matthew of St. Petersburg. In addition he is survived by twenty one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, one brother Joseph Patrick( Patsheen) of Albany, New York and two sisters in Ireland, Mabel and Irene, as well as numerous nieces and nephews both here and in Ireland
Sean loved his wife dearly, he truly adored his children and grandchildren and he had a fine appreciation for a fresh pint of Guiness.
Seanâ€™s family would like to sincerely thank the Bay Pines VA Geriatric Clinic for the care and kindness that they have provided throughout Seanâ€™s illness and Hospice of Florida Suncoast Purple Team for all their help and support over the past few years.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, March 29 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM..
There will be a memorial Mass at St. Paulâ€™s Catholic Church, 1800 12 St. N, St. Petersburg on Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers donations in the memory of John P. Keane may be made to the Hospice of Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. Fl. 33760