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Keelan Sr., (Ret.) Lt. Thomas W., 77, Everett, formerly of Johnstown and Hughesville, MD, passed away unexpectedly July 23, 2016 in Hagerstown, MD. Born March 29, 1939, Johnstown, to the late James and Dorothy (Patterson) Keelan. Preceded in death by his brother, James; and brothers-in-law, Gene Toth and Jack O’Leary. Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Janet L. (Reighard); children, Coleen and wife, Kathleen, Maui, HI; Thomas Jr. and wife, Kristin; granddaughters, Alison and Amanda Keelan, all of Hagerstown, MD; sisters, Dorothy “Toppy” O’Leary, Johnstown; Kay Toth, NY; and Patrice Keelan, Pittsburgh. Thomas was a 1957 graduate of Johnstown Catholic High and served in the United States Navy after graduation from ’57-‘59. He served as Lieutenant for the District of Columbia Fire Department Local 36 until his retirement in 1985. Thomas was a member of the Retired Firefighters Assoc., DCFD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a beloved and devoted husband, father, and grandfather; he loved life, his family, and especially his grandchildren. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he learned how to play the bagpipes in his 60’s. He loved to share magic tricks and going to yard sales with his wife. He was always quick to lend a hand to anyone in need. He smiled easily and laughed frequently, always ready with a joke or a story. Friends will be received July 28 from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 p.m. at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 1521 Frankstown Rd. Mass will be celebrated July 29 at 11 a.m., St. Gregory Catholic Church, 120 Boltz St., Fr. Robert L. Ruston, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the DCFD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums or DCFD Burn Foundation. Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com
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