James G. Keeney Jr., 62, restaurateur

September 01, 2006

James Gorman Keeney Jr., an Anne Arundel County restaurateur who helped the needy, died of heart failure Aug. 25 at his Odenton home. He was 62.

Mr. Keeney was born in Baltimore and raised in Odenton and Jessup. After graduating from Arundel High School in 1962, he went to work for Nevamar, an Odenton plastics manufacturer, and eventually became a supervisor.

He later was manager of the Odenton Car Wash before purchasing Jim's Hideaway, a restaurant that specialized in seafood. He owned and operated the Odenton Road establishment from 1977 until selling it in 2003.

Mr. Keeney was a former president of the Odenton Kiwanis and for years sponsored many local softball teams. He supported Sarah's House, a home for abused women, and each year went to area churches seeking a needy family to help for the holidays.

"He made sure they had food for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as presents," said his wife of 41 years, the former Saundra Christopher. "He was always a friend to anyone in need."

Mr. Keeney was an avid fisherman.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Donaldson Funeral Home and Crematory, 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton.

Also surviving are a daughter, Sabonna A. Kenney of Odenton.

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