Kenneth Keene of Bridgewater, CT, died peacefully on Thursday June 2, 2016 at Regional Hospice in Danbury, CT, at the age of 89.
He was born December 17, 1926 in Fort Meade, FL, son of the late Joseph and Anna (Keck) Keene. After graduating from P.K. Younge High School in Gainesville, FL, he served in the Navy for four years during WWII. When the war was over he finished his education at the University of Florida then received his masters from the University of Michigan. On September 7, 1968 he married Janet Corbett . Mr. Keene had lived in Brookfield for seventeen years before moving to Bridgewater two years ago. He was a V.P.for Metropolitan Life in New York City before joining Johnson and Higgins Insurance Brokerage Firm where he was a partner for seventeen years before retiring in 1987. He was a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and his Philanthropic efforts benefited the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, P.K. Younge High School and the Regional YMCA in Brookfield, CT.
He is survived by his loving wife Janet, his sons, James Keene (Farah) of Atherton, CA, John Keene (Barbara) of Newington, CT, Thomas Keene (Susan) of Avon, CT, his daughter Panet Katherine Campbell (Dean) of Clifton Park, NY, a former daughter in law Gayle Keene of Simsbury, CT, his grandchildren Kristyn, Laurie and Michael Keene, Heather and Thomas Olson, Aysha and Amira Keene and his great grandchildren Jack Olson and Oliver Pastore. He was predeceased by his son Jeffrey Keene on February 13, 1989 and his four brothers.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday June 9, 2016, 11:00 am at the Bridgewater Congregational Church in Bridgewater, CT. The Internment will follow in Bridgewater Center Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday June 8, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
The family has requested no flowers but contributions in his memory may be made to the University of Florida Foundation or the Jeffrey Keene Translational Diabetes Endowment at the University of Florida or The University of Michigan Residential College.