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Staff Sergeant James D. Keelan Jr.

Keelan, James D. Jr., of Malden, January 4, 2020 at age 49, formerly of Somerville.  Loving former husband of Anita S. Keelan (Martins). Devoted father of Connor and Ryan Keelan. Cherished son of Jean C. (Foley) and James D. Keelan Sr. Beloved brother of Margaret Curtis, Judith Saunders, Susan Andres and Rosemary Murphy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends. Funeral from the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge St., Cambridge on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 9:00 am. Funeral mass at St. Ann’s Church, Medford St., in Somerville at 10:00 am. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Burial will be in the Veterans Section on Forest Dale Cemetery, 150 Forest Street, Malden, Massachusetts.

James retired as a Massachusetts Army National Guard Staff Sergeant after serving proudly for over 20 years, he was a Combat Engineer who spent multiple tours of duties overseas.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his memory to Homebase.org. 

 

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# Mustafa 2020-01-07 20:28
My condolence to the Keelan family.

RIP SSG Keelan.
# Josies Benassi 2020-01-07 23:12
We are so sorry for your loss and sending you hugs, love and support to you your family.
# Brian Ladner 2020-01-08 01:12
Honored to have served with him. Condolences to the Keelan family.
# James Saunders 2020-01-08 01:13
I love and miss you Uncle. Not a day goes by that I don't miss your wisdom. You'll always be loved here, your battle is finally over.
# John 2020-01-08 02:09
One of the best men to have ever served. We will miss you.
# Jeanne Kelly 2020-01-08 12:04
JK- I’m sad to learn of your passing. I have such great memories, growing up in Somerville, raising hell and laughing until our sides hurt. I can’t imagine what may have been going on for you. We hadn’t seen or spoken to each other in many years. I pray you are at peace and thank you for your service. Rest easy and give my buddy Matt my love.
JK-
# Amy 2020-01-08 13:04
Worked with you many times, always a pleasure, rest peacefully.
# Thomas Guglielmo 2020-01-08 14:08
My heartfelt condolences. Great Soldier. Loved having him in my squad. Still tell B Co, 326th stories about him to this day....
# 1LT Black 2020-01-08 14:41
SSG Keelan was always quick with a smile and a story. May he rest in peace.
# Michael Frotten 2020-01-08 14:56
My condolence to the Keelan family. Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts

Rest easy my Brother. Truly loved our time together at Ft Campbell. Release the Beast, B Co 326th, Air Assault. Till we meet again. Beast Out!
# Jeremy Brown 2020-01-08 15:17
I first met James in the 101st Engineer Battalion, he was a skilled practitioner of the engineer craft. James was a great Soldier and friend to many and my condolences to his family and friends. Essayons!!
# CH MAJ JM Hairston 2020-01-08 18:50
May God be with you during this difficult time. Know that SSG Keelan had a impact on the lives of his men. Know that many are praying for the Keelan family.
# MSG McDonald 2020-01-08 20:31
Rest easy SSG. You were a great NCO and a terrific person. I was proud to have served with you.
# Anthony Accardi 2020-01-08 23:23
Susan,

On behalf of your friends from Somerville High's Class of 1981, we are so sorry for the loss of your brother.

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Anthony Accardi
Somerville High - Class of 1981
# Joseph Tierno 2020-01-09 15:43
My deepest condolences to the Keelan Family.

Jamie was a very good friend and we all deeply appreciated his assistance with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Somerville.
# John J McCaigue Jr. 2020-01-09 17:30
Childhood friend and such a great guy and a great family. Rest easy Jamie.
# Jarrett Greenway 2020-01-09 18:04
I was stationed with K for many years at FT Campbell I’m sorry for your loss
# John Fernandez 2020-01-10 01:03
My condolence to family and friends! I served with SDG Keenan at HHC 1-182 INF. He was a good soldier and NCO. I will miss him but glad to have served with him and known him during my life journeys. Regards!
# Patrick Foley 2020-01-10 01:24
I’m sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing and will always remember our time as kids hanging out on weekends at Grandfathers in Somerville . My thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP Jamie.
# Michael Schlitz 2020-01-11 21:18
My deepest condolence to the family and friends. I was attached to his unit in 06-07 and worked closely with him. This is tradgic loss to the World. When my vehicle was struck by an IED in 07, SPC (at the time) Keelan was one of the first to help render aide. I am here today because of him. He will forever be in my heart. He will not be forgotten.
# Dermot OBrien 2020-01-11 22:21
Jimmy, just saw you two weeks ago outside CVS in Malden and we spoke about getting together, Although I only knew you briefly in this world I felt we had been friends for life and you certainly had the gift of the gab! Praying that we meet again in Eternity. God bless your family.

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