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Lifelong Waterman John T. Keenan Dies at 57


John T. Keenan, a lifelong waterman, who spent his life aboard ships and joined his brother Chris at Essex Marine Group in Connecticut in 2012, has died. He was 57 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Keenan attended the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and circled the globe numerous times.

“This is a tremendous loss to the boating community — John was one of the good ones, among the nicest people I’ve ever met in this business,” said AIM Marine Group president Gary DeSanctis. “My sincere condolences go out to his brother Chris and his extended family.” Keenan was well known to members of the AIM Marine Group, which publishes Soundings magazine.

In lieu of flowers, the Keenan family has asked for donations to be made to Mystic Seaport.

Click here to read Keenan’s full obituary, to share a memory or send condolences to the family. 



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