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Michael F. Keane, Jr.

Obituary for Michael F. Keane, Jr.

September 23, 1948 - March 28, 2015
Hanover, Massachusetts | Age 66


Michael F. Keane, Jr. 66 of Hanover died on March 28, 2015 at the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. He was born in Brockton, son of the late
Michael and Marilyn J. (McCarthy) Keane, Sr. and was raised and educated in Rockland. He was a graduate of Holy Family School and Rockland High School with the Class of 1966.

Michael has made his home in Hanover for the past 20 years. He was a world-renowned marine artist. His works are considered to be pre-eminent in the genre. A fine arts painter for over a half-century, Keane's works have been eagerly sought after by astute collectors for many years. His work is so admired and loved that rarely does a piece of it ever come up for resale. Production of Keane's work remains limited, because of the time involved in their creation. Year after year, Keane's work holds its value and steadily appreciates. His paintings remain a lynchpin for that elite group of art collectors who continue to eagerly seek his work.

Michael served an eight year apprenticeship with a noted local landscape painter, Edward Harrigan- starting at the ripe old age of 8! From there, he served a four-year apprenticeship with noted marine artist Marshall W. Joyce. After that, he studied for four years -and then taught- portraiture and figure painting with Clemente Micarelli in his studio. Michael Keane majored in Visual Design at UMass, and afterward taught painting for 17 years. All the while, he continued his own personal fine arts career as a marine artist.

Mr. Keane's fine artwork first achieved national status during the 1980's, when his paintings were 'discovered' by several art collectors. He was soon catapulted into the limelight, and his painting subject and style subsequently became the benchmark for a whole following of marine artists. His work has achieved awards and international fame, and his rare skills have also warranted many feature magazine articles written about Mr. Keane and his work.

Truly a Renaissance man, with many talents and interests. He was a skilled sailor. Michael also has the unique qualifications, depth and technical knowledge that was garnered from serving nearly seven years as a Marine Quality Assurance Inspector, while working alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping.

A vintage automotive enthusiast, and an historian, designer, builder and gardener. Michael was a member of the ROMEOS Car Club and the South Shore Corvette Club.

He is survived by his wife, Christine (Chandler) Keane, a son, Michael L Keane, II and his wife Abigail of Brockton. His precious grandchildren,
Finnegan A. and Eamon A. Keane and his siblings, Maureen A. Glynn of Hanover, Diane M. Mincone of Rockland, Gary L. Keane of Carver and
Robert D. Keane of Sagamore. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Keane family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate his life on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135
Union St. Rockland, MA from 4:00-8:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM in Holy Family Church. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Holy Family School, 403 Union St. Rockland, MA

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