OBITUARY

James "Tim" Keenan

January 6, 1925May 11, 2019
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James G. “Tim” Keenan was born on January 6th, 1925 in Elizabeth NJ to James and Daisy Keenan. In his junior year of high school he moved to Old Lyme, CT where he would meet the love of his life, Alouise Bramble. They remained life-long residents, and would eventually be voted Citizens of the Year in Old Lyme. After playing football for, and graduating from Old Lyme High School, Tim enlisted in the Army where he proudly served his country with distinction as a paratrooper, in the 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment. During his first combat jump in Austria on January 4th 1945, he and his fellow soldiers were captured by German forces, and became prisoners of war at the camp in Bad Orb, Germany. Ironically, the notification of his capture was received via Western Union in his home town, and typed by a clerk that would become his future wife. Tim was liberated by Allied Forces in April of 1945. After his liberation, Tim returned to civilian life and started his career with the US Postal Service where he became the Assistant Post Master. He retired in 1975, but he continued to do various jobs to keep busy, all that involved touching people’s lives in many ways. He married his love on February 18th, 1961, and together they served for years as regional representatives in the American Field Service foreign student exchange program. Although they never had children of their own, they changed the lives of many young people from all over the world, and were affectionately known as “Mom” and “Dad”. Tim will be remembered as an avid movie buff, able to recite all the names of every actor and characters they portrayed, especially those movies from the 1930’s and 40’s. He loved foreign films, the jazz and big band music genres from a young age and made many trips to New York City to enjoy them. As a true “blue” NY Giants fan, many summer vacations were spent at the training camp on Long Island. Draft Day was better than Christmas to Tim, and each year he watched in hopes for a quality linebacker. He was truly loved by everyone he met, especially his sisters Ruth Bennett, Dorothy Kotzan and Geraldine Murtz who predeceased him in life, as well as his many nieces and nephews in the Murtz, Kotzan, King and Bramble families.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5 until 7 PM at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371. A graveside service will take place Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Lyme Ambulance Association, 14 Cross Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371, or the Old Lyme Chapter of the American Legion, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371.

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Mex Wahab

May 16, 2019

Mex asked that I share the following.
" I am sad at the news but I know he will meet Mom Keenan soon. It is a big loss for all of us...he is indeed a very kind person."
Mex was an AFS Student at OLHS and graduated in 1992. He has been in touch with Tim over the years sending news and pictures on facebook to me to share with Tim.
Kris

Edward R Siergiej

May 14, 2019

On behalf of the veterans and descendants of the 17th Airborne Division, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Trooper James Keenan (513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, HQ Company). Our organization mourns with you at this sad time. We will be sending representatives to the wake and funeral. If we can be of any assistance, please contact us.

Ed Siergiej Jr.
Secretary
Scions of the 17th Airborne Division, Inc.
203-241-3740
Scionsofthe17thairborne@gmail.com

Lloyd Casis

May 14, 2019

First met Mom Alouise and Dad Tim in the summer of 1988 when they took me in as their 1st sponsor child from the Philippines, 2weeks prior my reporting day to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where I spent the most memorable 4years of my life. Thanks to Mom and Dad for giving me my 1st home away from home. Mom would cook meals for us while Dad and I watched the Giants play on tv. I miss them so much. My wife and I visited Dad in October of 2017 after 23years of not seeing each other. I'm so blessed to have met Tim and Alouise and will forever cherish the fond memories with them. I love you, Mom and Dad! See someday in heaven!

Psalm 116:15 KJV
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Kristin Cooksley Magnussen

May 14, 2019

I am so sorry that Jan and I will be missing his funeral as we are in Norway. There are no words to express our sadness at losing such a wonderful person who has always been part of the Cooksley family through happy and sad times. However, we were all lucky to have him for so long.
Our thoughts are especially with Jeff, Darcy, Barbara and Cindy who have always been there for Tim. He always remarked how lucky he was to have such support and love from all of you.

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Uncle Tim and "Babs"

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James G. Keenan, Paratrooper, WWII

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Selfie fun with Uncle Tim

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Uncle Tim and "Babs"

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James G. Keenan, Paratrooper, WWII

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