Barry J. Keane

April 14, 1946February 9, 2021

Barry J. Keane was born on April 14, 1946 and passed away on February 9, 2021 and is under the care of Nickerson Funeral Home.

Visiting Hour will be held on February 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm at Nickerson Funeral Home, 340 Main Street, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Celebration of Life will be held on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

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  • Visiting Hour

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, February 25, 2021


Barry J. Keane

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Michael Burns

March 4, 2021

Barry Keane 74 yrs. received his Crown of Glory on Tuesday February 9th 2021.

After Charles Dickens died, the great artist Vincent Van Gogh was deeply moved by a drawing he saw in the British weekly paper The Graphic. It was a depiction of Dicken’s empty chair by Luke Fields who had illustrated a number of the novelist’s books.
In a letter to his brother Theo Van Gogh wrote:

Empty chairs – there are a great many of them,
more will be added to their number,
and sooner or later there will be nothing
left…. but empty chairs.

Barry had a favorite chair. In his absence that chair will always be full of cherished memories.

We salute you good friend. Wear that Crown well until we meet again....Fair Winds !

Michael, Jan, and Emily Burns

Laurence and Penny Bove

February 25, 2021

Dear Helen, Aaron and Sarah,

Penny, Frank, Daniel and I send our deepest sympathies and Condolances from Ohio.

Barry was the rarest of Human Beings, a person who loved deeply, felt passionately, did not let you down, enjoyed the company of family and friends, spoke his mind, laughed at and appreciated life, knew how to share a good meal, how to connect to people, how to weld, develop pictures, be a good friend. sail a boat, help a friend, ride a motorcycle, love his wife and family.

He will be missed, but he was and will be a Blessing to those of us who remain behind. Feeling the pain, but knowing that we are more because he loved us and cared about us, made us laugh and taught us what it is to be a person who cares and makes a difference in this world. He helped us see beauty, eat well, laugh, play music and enjoy life.

Goodbye, my dear friend. I cry now because I miss you, but know that my love and friendship for you and yours for me was one of the best things in my life.

Br Freddie Burns

February 24, 2021

To the Keane's Family,
Please accept my condolences on Barry's passing. May the angels lead him into paradise, where instead of playing angelic harps, they will be playing "Amazing Grace" on their bagpipes. He was a wonderful man and he left us too soon with wonderful memories.

Sarah Keane

February 18, 2021

Barry Keane's Obituary in New York Daily News:

few words I wrote about my Dad:

In loving memory of New York City Ironworker Local 361 member, Barry Keane, who passed peacefully at home on February 9th,2021. Born into a big Irish family, on April 14th, 1946, in Park Slope Brooklyn. Barry had contributed to the construction of the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge as well as the World Trade Centers to name a few. He lived in Brooklyn his whole life and recently retired on the Cape. He is survived by his wife Helen, and two children, his son Aaron a 3rd Generation Ironworker, and daughter Sarah who is an artist. He had an incredibly large group of friends and family and loved talking with them and spending time with them throughout the years. With a presence larger than life he will be severely missed but his legacy will live on through his NY stories.

-Sarah Keane

John and Cindy Goepfrich

February 18, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will always remember our Cape Cod adventures with Barry and the Keane family—the treasure hunt, Swedish fish, campfires at the beach, bike riding in the circle, sailing on Mike’s boat, playing in the cul de sac. He will be missed.

Love from,
The Goepfrich Family (John, Cindy, John Jr., Katie, and Brian)
Tony Mancini

Eric Wirth

February 15, 2021

One of my earliest memories is of a visit you paid my parents when I was around 3-4 years old. For whatever reason I was upset with my sister and decided with tears streaming down my face to "run away". I don't recall where I planned to go, but you were walking to the house from the parking lot and asked what was wrong. After you let me vent you said something about how hard that must have all been, then gently suggesting we head back so we could make it better together. It was such a simple act of kindness but one I still recalled decades later, epitomizing your genuine warmth and compassion that were just as present once we reconnected when I was an adult. While I wish I could have spent more time with you I am immensely grateful for what I had. May you rest in peace.

cynthia wirth

February 15, 2021

We shared our youth, we shared our joys, we shared our sorrows. Our youth was more adventurous. our joys were deeper and our sorrows lightened because of you. Your bagpipes echoed in our home. Your laughter was louder than the pipes. Our children Michelle, Lorelei and Eric played with Aaron and Sarah throughout the years. Brooklyn, Queens, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts were all places we roamed together- Greenwich Village, Prospect Park, Manhattan, China Town, Philly, the Cape. Michael joined you on top of the iron, what an adventure. We helped Bob Dylan celebrate his 70th birthday. Our dogs had an encounter- the only serious trouble between our houses,
Many a baklava met its demise at our tables along with bottles of wine, NY bagels and Italian pastries.
This is not goodbye this is until we meet again.
Auf Wiedersehen,
Michael and Cindy Wirth

Kathleen Ragusa

February 14, 2021

Dearest Barry, a true and wonderful friend and I was very blessed to be able to call you a friend. You will be missed so very much.