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John K. Keenan (Jack), 88, of Little Silver passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 4 after a short stay at Riverview Hospital.

A Navy veteran, Jack circled the globe twice and saw naval combat during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a fireman at NWS Earle for several years before joining the US Postal Service where he worked for over forty years, first in Red Bank and then in Little Silver. He loved talking with patrons and knew everyone in town, although he jokingly referred to himself as “Oscar the Grouch”.

After his retirement, Jack kept busy, and in touch with the community, through several part time jobs (including working as an usher for Thompson Memorial Home) and volunteer work. He was an usher at St. James RC Church in Red Bank and did volunteer food delivery for The Center in Asbury Park for many years.

Jack's love of dogs led to a lifelong hobby. He trained and exhibited Schnauzers and Border Collies for years before becoming a licensed AKC Obedience trial judge, traveling to shows throughout the country. He served several terms as president of the Bayshore Companion Dog Club.

He was a devoted family man. His daughters' friends all knew him as the dad who drove them to Girl Scout camp, youth group and sports activities. He coached rec basketball. When his grandchildren came along, attending their activities and sporting events was one of his favorite pastimes.

Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Roberta (Platz) Keenan, his daughter Stephanie and her husband James Keenan, his daughter Jennifer and her husband Michael Forrar, and grandchildren Elizabeth Keenan, Colin Forrar and Grace Forrar. He was predeceased by his parents John J. and Elizabeth (O'Sage) Keenan and his brother Thomas Keenan. He is survived by his twin brother Joseph.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Wednesday, August 11 from 4 to 7 pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial  will be celebrated on Thursday, August 12 at 10 am at Saint James RC Church, 94 Broad St, Red Bank. Guests are invited to celebrate Jack's life by wearing his signature style, plaid.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Parker Family Health Center, 211 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701 ( or the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, 23 Main Street, Holmdel, NJ 07733 (


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740