J. Keane was born on February 21st 1944 in Webster, Massachusetts.
After attending St. John’s Prep in Worcester he enlisted
in the Air Force. He was stationed in Germany and then transferred
to Seville Spain, where he met his wife Monica. The couple was
married in 1965 in Gibraltar. During their 36-year marriage they
had five children.
Mike had a great love for travel. His adventures began during
his tour of duty when he visited the majority of the European
Continent. Before his death he completed a lifetime goal of visiting
all 50 states in the US. He also traveled all over the world:
Sydney Australia was one of his favorite cities.
Mike was a true salesman. During his 25-year career with Mutual
of Omaha, he was appointed to several high management positions,
including General Manager in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before computers
of any kind were widely in use, Mike used his knowledge of technology
to develop a program to sell life insurance. The innovative approach
used equipment available at the time, including a tape recorder
that acted as a floppy disc, a keyboard to enter data, and each
client’s TV as a monitor. The setup served as a precursor
to laptop computers widely used by agents in the field and in
all professions today. He truly was ahead of his time.
After leaving Mutual of Omaha, he pursued his lifetime dream
of being self-employed. He saw the potential and recognized the
expanding power of what was then the new Worldwide Web, and tried
many ventures. He loved to network with people all over the world,
and to share his knowledge. At the time of his death he was very
successful with Care Entrée, a company that helps provide
medical care at a discount for people who do not have insurance.
He found it fulfilling to work with a company that could provide
him with a good living while helping others.
He loved the ocean and sailing. He spent many happy hours in
his own small sailboat. He was also very interested in the space
program, and while living in Cape Canaveral witnessed all the
manned moon launchings from his home.
Mike was loved and will be missed by his family and friends.
He was excited to find out about Celestis memorial spaceflights
before his death, and his wish was to have his body donated for
use in scientific research. He was happy to know that part of
his remains will be rocketed into space as a continuation of his
adventurous spirit, and wanted his grandchildren to look at the
sky and know their grandfather lived on as “Star Dust.”
The Family of Michael J. Keane