William Thomas Keenan

December 11, 1948 - February 14, 2018
William Thomas Keenan


William “Bill” Thomas Keenan, Jr. age 69 of Hampstead passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Bill was born in New York December 11, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents William Thomas Keenan, Sr. and Catherine Elizabeth Conner Keenan.

Bill was a proudly decorated US Army combat veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He was a Purple Heart recipient, Bronze Star recipient, and received the Combat Infantry Badge and Air Medal for his service.

Bill was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead and was a retired professional sales representative. Bill was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He had many great qualities including being very loyal to his family and friends, patriotic, always there for those in need, boldly faced all challenges, and a man of his word. He enjoyed boating, collecting guns, cooking, and was known as a “Grill Master”.

Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years Rosemary Keenan; brother Thomas Bernard Keenan and wife Sandra of Jacksonville, NC; children: Aimee Keenan of Fuquay-Varina, Ryan Keenan of Garner, Christopher and wife Holley Keenan of Garner, David and wife Ashley Keenan of Hampstead; grandchildren Lauren Barone, Savannah Barone, Olivia Barone, Chandler Keenan, Hayden Keenan and Isla Keenan. Additionally, he was expecting two more grandchildren and a great grandchild.

A memorial mass will be held 11 am  Monday, April 9, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead followed by services and interment at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

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  • February 18, 2018
    Walter R. Kalmar says:
    Bill was a great friend and neighbor. He will be missed.

  • March 05, 2018
    Sally Lawson & Family says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • March 02, 2018
    Taylor Roberts says:
    As a friend of Chris here in Raleigh, I was so sad to learn of your family's loss. Please accept my condolences as you struggle with the loss of someone so dear.

  • February 22, 2018
    Gail Boswell says:
    Dear Rosemary, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. Even though I never had the opportunity to meet him I know he holds a special place in your heart, and he will be greatly missed. Please take comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on in all the lives he has touched. May God Bless you and your family, With love, Gail Boehlert Boswell

  • February 22, 2018
    Matt Armstrong says:
    There was nobody better to have a steak and glass of wine with! Bill, you will be missed. My condolences to the family.