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William B. Keegan Jr., 71, of Windsor, beloved husband of Patricia (Roarke) Keegan, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 7, 1939 in Hartford, son of the late William and Kathleen (McLaughlin) Keegan.

Bill grew up in Hartford and had lived in East Hartford before settling in Windsor. A resident of the Rainbow Rd. section of Windsor for over 37 years, Bill worked for the Hartford Fire Department and retired in 1996 as Captain of Engine Co. #1, after 34 years of service. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed fishing, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Besides his wife, Patricia, he leaves his son, Matthew Keegan and his girlfriend, Jennifer Blais of Windsor, daughters, Catherine Essik and her husband Richard of Ohio and Maureen Mockalis and her husband Steven of Windsor Locks, a brother, Mike Keegan and his wife Louise of Newington, sisters, Ann Mannikas and her husband Rich of Windsor, Kathy Lester and her husband Phil of East Hartford and Mary Ann Carey and her husband Paul of FL, a granddaughter, Sheana Keegan and his beloved dog, Jimmy. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Keegan and his grandson, Ricky Essik Jr.

Family and friends may gather for a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, 10 am at St. Joseph Church, 1747 Poquonock Ave, Windsor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Poquonock. His family will receive friends on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. (Rt. 159) Suffield.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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