He grew up in New Jersey, where he began his love for music and his church, as well as football. After attending University of Pennsylvania and playing football, he joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was honorably discharged. In 1974 he founded MAPS, which evolved into McKeever Services Corporation (MSC). As President and CEO, MSC provides consulting and permit processing serving the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and continues to be an industry leader.
His love for music was influential throughout his life. His high school choir had the opportunity of touring in Europe. In college he performed as a folk singer and was a long-time member of the Sanctuary Choir at Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia.
In addition, Jim served as the Chairman of the Arts for Fairfax County, Commissioner of the Arts for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chairman of the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap, and Chairman of the Board for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member for Fairfax Lions Club.
At Providence Presbyterian Church, he spearheaded the project to design, fund and install a new Lively Fulcher Pipe Organ for the Sanctuary Choir. He was ordained as an Elder and taught Sunday School for many years.
Above all family was of utmost importance to Jim. He enjoyed family vacations in Avalon, New Jersey, and holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. He loved sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and the views from his retreat on Kent Island, Maryland.
The family Patriarch, he is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lesley. He is the devoted father of three daughters – Kathryne and her partner Rick, Rebecca and her husband, Nelson, and Stephanie. He is the loving grandfather to Isabella and Simon. He is the beloved brother of John McKeever and his wife Betsy, and Beth McKeever Lewis and her husband Jeff. He is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews, relatives, in-laws, and friends.
The funeral service will be private. A memorial service will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra for the McKeever Legacy Fund - https://www.fairfaxsymphony.org/mckeeverlegacyfund. Or the Sanctuary Choir at Providence Presbyterian Church (https://www.providencechurch.org/give/) – checks can be mailed to 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031.