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James J. Keenan, of Hornell

James J. Keenan, of Hornell

Hornell / Rochester-James J. Keenan, 83, of 7 Pine St., Hornell, died Saturday afternoon (July 26, 2014) at McAuley Manor in North Hornell, following a brief illness.

Born in Jersey City, NJ on January 31, 1931, he was the son of James & Wilamena (Pritz) Keenan.

When he was 5 years old, Jim’s family moved to Rochester, NY. He was a graduate of West High School (class of 1948). He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving his country in the US Navy.

Jim was employed as a firefighter in Rochester for 30 years, retiring in 1988. He lived in Florida for about 17 years and has resided in Hornell since June, 2008.

He was married on May 4, 1957 to the former Jean Herzog who died January 18, 2014.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Mary Frances (Ronald) Spataro of Rochester, Wendy (Richard) Chapel of Geneseo and Kathleen (David) Hillman of Hornell; 1 son, James J. Keenan of Rochester; several grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter, nieces & nephews.

The family of James J. Keenan will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Newcomer Funeral Home, 2636 Ridgeway Ave. Rochester, NY where a memorial service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6:00 PM with the Rochester Fire Department Chaplain officiating.

Local funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Jim’s family request that memorial contributions in his name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.

In recognition to Jim’s service to his country during the Korean Conflict, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.

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