Reverend Thomas L. Keenan


RUMFORD — Rev. Thomas L. Keenan, 79, Pastor Emeritus of Saint Margaret Parish, Rumford, died Monday, September 4, 2017.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Gilbert L. and Mary Ruth (Sweeney) Keenan. He attended Sacred Heart School in East Providence and La Salle Academy in Providence.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick Neck, and at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1963 in Louvain, Belgium by Archbishop John Patrick Cody.

After a summer assignment at Saint Joseph Parish in Central Falls following ordination, Father Keenan served as assistant pastor at the following parishes: Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence (1963-67); Saint Edward Parish, Pawtucket while teaching at Saint Raphael Academy, Pawtucket (1967-69); Saint Edward Parish, Providence while teaching at Saint Raphael Academy (1969-70); Saint Thomas Parish, Providence while teaching at Saint Raphael Academy (1970-71); Saint Charles Parish, Woonsocket (1971-75); and at Saint Mark Parish, Cranston (1975-79). Father also served as Administrator of Mount St. Francis Day Care Center, Woonsocket (1971-75) and of Carter Day Nursery, Providence (1975-79).

Father Keenan was pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Pascoag (1979-91) and of Saint Margaret Parish, Rumford (1991-2006), from which he retired as Pastor Emeritus. In addition to his parochial duties, Father Keenan served one term as Dean of Northern RI Deanery #13.

During retirement, Father Keenan resided in Pawtucket. In his final years, he lived at the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home in East Providence.

He leaves a sister, Mrs. Kathleen M. Monahan and a niece and nephew.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was offered for the repose of his soul on Saturday, September 9 at Saint Margaret Church, Rumford with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin serving as the principal celebrant and Deacon John Needham serving as the homilist. Bishops Robert C. Evans and Louis E. Gelineau and other priests concelebrated the funeral Mass

Burial was in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery in Pawtucket.