Dennis J. Keane Jr., Navy Diver, Printer

February 06, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Dennis J. Keane Jr., a retired Social Security Administration printer who had served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, died Monday of cancer at the Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Fla.

The former longtime Arbutus resident was 90.

Mr. Keane, the son of a saloonkeeper and a homemaker, was born in County Cork, Ireland. He immigrated with his parents in the early 1930s to Boston, where they settled in the city's Charlestown neighborhood, near the Bunker Hill Monument.

After graduating from high school in 1936, he enlisted in the Navy, where he was trained as a fighter pilot and deep-sea diver.

He served as a diver during World War II and Korea, and at the time of his 1957 retirement, was teaching deep-sea diving at the Naval Academy and had attained the rank of chief warrant officer.

Mr. Keane had a second career as a government printer, working at the SSA's headquarters in Woodlawn, until retiring a second time in 1983.

After his wife of 35 years, the former Dorothy Virginia Rhodes, died in 1983, he moved to Homestead, Fla., and later to Fort Myers.

He was a former communicant of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore and a member of American Legion Post 109.

His wife of 26 years, the former Ruth Heaney Kindred, died in 2009.

Mr. Keane enjoyed traveling and dancing.

According to his wishes, Mr. Keane's body will be cremated and his ashes will be placed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Surviving are a son, Michael D. Keane of Catonsville; a daughter, Dorothy P. Cashour of Linthicum; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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