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Bob Keane and I served on the Amelia Island Genealogical Society Program Committee for over 10 years. He researched and worked hard to develop quality programs for AIGS. Bob was always amiable and pleasant to work with. He will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to his family, Janet & Bob Loveless
Bob and Judy Frey
We always consider Bob to be smart; after reading his obituary, our opinion was more than confirmed. Bob was a truly great man!
James L. Shroads, president, Amelia Island Genealogical Society
The officers, directors and members of Amelia Island Genealogical Society mourn the loss of Bob Keane, one of our directors and a friend to all. His quiet competency and thoughtful contributions will be missed.
Bob Keane was a very kind and caring brother in law, who brought stability and love into the family.
Mr. Keane was my customer when I worked at State Farm. It was always a pleasure to work with him . He was so young at heart.
Robert E. Keane
Robert E. Keane, age 97 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Saturday, September 9th, 2023 at Osprey Village. Born on May 9th, 1926 in Jersey City, NJ to Francis A. and Anna Frederica Edmunds Keane. He grew up in Summit, NJ and graduated from Summit High School in 1944. He began his college education at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH but left to enlist in the U.S. Navy. After being honorably discharged, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1947 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and went on to complete an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Dartmouth College as well. He then became an instructor in Civil Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Bob worked at United Engineers and Constructors, Inc. as a Cost Engineer for 35 years. He then worked as a Cost Estimator for Nielsons, Inc. and eventually formed Keane Associates as a Construction Management Consulting firm. During his working years, he lived in various places includig Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and Colorado. After he retired, he spent several years on Lummi Island, Washington before settling in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Bob was an accomplished sailor and enjoyed investigating family history through genealogy. He was an avid reader who loved crossword puzzles, sudoku, and jigsaw puzzles. In his younger years, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, and hiking. He was active in many community groups, receiving the American Red Cross Northeast Florida Disaster Services Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and Amelia Island Genealogical Society 2019 President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service. Bob also participated in the Men’s Newcomers Club and Nassau County Emergency Management Team. He loved his Friday morning breakfasts with the ROMEO group and was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Bob was pre-deceased by his parents; siblings Patricia Barnard and Philip Keane; ex-wives Barbara Matthews and Anne Bustanoby-Keane; and his beloved son, Robert E. Keane, Jr. He is survived by his daughters Joanne K. Noreika (Jay) of Philadelphia, PA and Judith K. Galvin (Terry) of Medford, NJ; grandchildren Robert Keane, Patrick Keane, Sarah Noreika, Michael Noreika, Katya Noreika, Matt Noreika, Brendan Galvin, Melissa Galvin; ten great-grandchildren; and step-children Mia Nickels and Steven Glover.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at the Nassau County Council on Aging, 1901 Island Walk Way int the Grand Ballroom. His ashes will be laid to rest at Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the American Red Cross, Council on Aging, or Community Hospice.