William K. Keenan, insurance manager
William Kearney Keenan, an independent insurance agent who managed Zurich Insurance’s Baltimore branch, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday at his Baldwin home. He was 84. Born in Baltimore and raised on Forrest Street, he was the son of James Ignatius Keenan, a Baltimore police officer, and Mary Kearney, a homemaker.
He attended St. John the Evangelist School and was a 1950 Loyola High School graduate.
He served in the Army in Korea and attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now Loyola University Maryland in 1959.
He worked for Travelers Insurance and Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co., and later joined Zurich Insurance in Mount Laurel, N.J.
After returning to Baltimore in 1978, he managed Zurich’s Hunt Valley office.
He later sold commercial insurance with the Community Insurance Agency in Towson.
Mr. Keenan was an Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan. He also enjoyed attending his grandson’s baseball games. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, where he was an active member and a former member of its parochial school board.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Helen Patricia Ward, a retired secretary; a son, Dr. Mark W. Keenan of Macon, Ga.; a daughter, Maureen P. Keenan Franz of North East in Cecil County; a twin brother, James I. Keenan Jr. of Rodgers Forge; and two grandchildren.