We had a large family birthday/remembrance dinner in March and had cards made for the tables. It was really great evening as the focus was on celebrating his life and achievements as well as spending time as family together. Below are excerpts from the inside.
He collected writing pens, good watches and bassets. He could never have enough gloves, pen refills, hats and t-shirts with irreverent sayings, tin foil, coffee, cans of beans to make his chili, chocolate crème rolls, milk, oatmeal cookies to give as “treats” to the bassets, Chicken Rice A Roni with canned chicken to make his famous “Joe Keenan rice” which has become a Keenan staple, flour to make his Saturday biscuits and Manischewitz blackberry wine to have a swig of before he went to bed.
His famous one liners:
“You have got to be out of your rabbit ass mind.”
“Never trust a fart.”
“The movie Orlando is the worst thing I have E-V-E-R seen in my life.”
“Bassets evolved from seals-it’s true.”
“I am going to Sam’s Club while you’re gone”
“I just gave you money, get out of my wallet”
“Between me and my brother we know everything”
“Freddie Fender is the best singer”
He was color blind, he was a semi-pro tennis player, spoke Spanish poorly but understood German, was an avid writer, loved to listen to music of all genres, preferred pie for dessert, but mostly, he was one of the best human beings you would have ever run across. He wasn’t the President of the United States, he didn’t cure cancer-he was just Joe. This world is a better place because of him and EVERYONE is a better person for having known him. He will forever be missed and remembered.