Francis Joseph McKeown
McKeown, Francis Joseph “Wiff”, age 60, of Norwood & Charlestown, MA, and Portsmouth, NH, passed away on September 7, 2019. Born October 9, 1958, in Boston, MA to Francis X. & Carol A. (Riley) McKeown. Joe is survived by his mother, his best friend and loving caregiver Karen “Pickles” Hanks, Charlestown; siblings Maura (Scott) Nieuwenhuis, Taunton; Chris (Lisa) McKeown, Westwood; Jamie (Donna), Newton/Needham; Martha, Needham; Tim, Boston; David (Jackie), Norwood & Yarmouth; and Sean, Norwood; 10 nieces & nephews and many aunts, uncles, cousins and their children. Joe was a 1976 graduate of Norwood High School and a 1980 graduate of UMass Dartmouth (SMU). He followed in his grandfather’s footsteps to become a skilled designer, builder and finish carpenter. He fought a long, hard fight against metastatic prostate cancer. In 2011, Joe was told he had 5 years to live, but he fought hard. He was poked, prodded, injected, inspected – knowing it was not likely to spare him - but maybe someone, someday. While many a blessing has graced the “Irish sports pages,” the one most appropriate for Joe may well be, “May you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.” But Dylan Thomas’s words may be more appropriate still: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Long before his cancer diagnosis, Joe became a PMC rider and volunteer. He remained an active PMC supporter throughout his treatment.
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