Born in Weymouth, he was the son of the late Edward M. and Josephine (Andrew) Keohan. He was raised and educated in Weymouth and was a graduate of Weymouth High School. He continued his education at Boston College graduating in 1954. He then entered St. John Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1959.
Father's first assignment was as associate pastor at St. John Church in Haverhill (1959-1961), he then traveled to Peru and served as a member of the Society of St. James the Apostle (1961-1966). Upon his returned he was assigned as associate pastor of St. Charles in Woburn (1966-1972), St. Rose in Chelsea (1972-1984). He was then made Chaplain of Salem Hospital Complex (1984-1987). His longest tenure would come as Administrator of St. Mary's Italian Church in Salem where he served from 1987 until 2003. He was then Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Revere (2003-2005). He became senior priest in residence at the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem. He was again called to serve as temporary Administrator of St. Margaret's Church in Beverly Farms in 2009. He spent many years serving the catholic community of the North Shore and more recently resided at Regina Cleri and Marion Manor.
Reverend Keohan served where he was called to the best of his abilities through many transitions in his parishes while never losing his faith and the faith of his parishioners was always at the forefront. He was an ardent supporter of Boston College and the Boston College Eagles Football team and would often go to games. He was an animal lover who enjoyed walking the Salem Common.
Father Keohan is survived by his brothers, John Keohan D.D.S and his wife Marilyn of Hingham and Peter Keohan and his wife Mary of Weymouth, his sister Jean O'Malley of Hingham and 21 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and great nephews. He was the brother of the late Mary Lou Bicknell and Richard J. Keohan.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated in The Immaculate Conception Chapel of Marian Manor, 130 Dorchester St., South Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 16th at 11 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Francis' Cemetery, Weymouth is private. Reverend Keohan will lie in state at The Immaculate Conception Chapel of Marian Manor, prior to the mass from 9 to 10:30 A.M.. All are welcome to pay respects at that time. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Boston College, Boston College, Office of University Advancement Cadigan Alumni Center 140 Commonwealth Ave. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or to Marian Manor 130 Dorchester St., South Boston, MA 02127. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.