Joseph McKeown

Joseph Edward McKeown

Tuesday, January 26th, 1943 - Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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With broken hearts, we announce the death of Joe McKeown, on Thursday, July 25, while vacationing with his beloved family in Prince Edward Island. He was 76 years old.

Predeceased by his parents, John and Kathleen McKeown and siblings Marion McKenna, Alice McKeown, Ralph McKeown, Theresa Smart, Jack McKeown. He is survived by sister Patricia Proderick.

A much loved and loving husband of 53 years to Micheline (Lalonde). Unconditionally loving and proud father to John and his wife Judy McKeown, Alison and her husband Alex Volonte, Elizabeth and her husband Matt Smith, Doug McKeown, Emily and her husband Grant Sonier and Marc and his wife, Louise Deault.

Joe was happiest in the company of his beloved grandchildren, Brooke, Mckenzie, Casey, Abigael, Olivia, Isaac, Annie, Ben, Madeleine, Jack, Ellie, Henry, Charlie and Rory. He will be dearly missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was known for his warmth, wit and generous spirit. His love of babies was legendary. He loved all sports but none more than golf. Joe’s perfect day was reading his morning newspapers, solving crossword puzzles and a round of golf at the Brockville Country Club. He was a special man who will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville on Wednesday July 31st from 2-4 and 6-8 pm.The Liturgy of the Christian Funeral will be celebrated in St. Francis Xavier Church on Thursday at 10 am. As expressions of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care or Loaves and Fishes will be gratefully acknowledged.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 10:00am
    St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
    66 Church Street
    Brockville, ON K6V 3X6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Brian Price


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Denise Owsianicki

Posted at 11:17pm
Dear Micheline & family, So sorry to hear of your loss and sending sincere condolences and prayers.
Sincerely, Denise Owsianicki

Sandra Greer-Miles

Posted at 09:20am
Dear Mich, I send my condolences on the loss of your dear husband. Sandra Miles.

Dick Anka

Posted at 10:49am
Dear Micheline & Family. Despite the fact that it's been decades since we have spoken to or seen you and Joe I can tell you that when I heard the news of Joe's sudden passing from a mutual friend, an explosion of memories instantly came to mind. Being in Joe's company was always an enjoyable experience whether it be at law school, the golf course (Cataraqui in Kingston and Chaudiere in Aylmer/Hull), the Albion Hotel and other pubs, travelling together on the U of O golf team, dining at Aunt Lucy's, spending time with Joe and his boyhood chum Don Schlicter, and seeing you both at our first apartment in Toronto and at your first home in Kingston and remembering both of you assuming the role of Tarzan and Jane as newleyweds. For a couple who once thought you might never have any children you have certainly generated an impressive progeny. I counted 6 children and 14 grandchildren in the obituary but I was never good in math. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God love you all. Dick & Angie Anka

Andrew Preston

Posted at 04:30am
I’m extremely saddened by this news. I’ll always remember Joe fondly — for his sharp sense of humour, his common-sense wisdom, and his kindness. His large and loving family is the most fitting testament to him, and I send my thoughts and deepest condolences to the entire McKeown family.
Andrew Preston

Posted at 07:58pm
I'm so sorry for your loss Liz and family. I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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