Kevin L. McKeen

Life Story

Kevin L. McKeen, age 72, passed away on October 11th, 2020 at Maine General Hospital in Augusta, Maine after a long battle with complications due to Asbestosis.  Kevin was born on September 6th, 1948 in Houlton Maine, the oldest of four children of William P. McKeen and Ethna (Joan) McGarry McKeen, both deceased.

Growing up in Bridgewater, Maine, Kevin was a boy scout for several years with the local troop, and spent several summers at Camp Roosevelt.  Always a hard worker, Kevin was a “sunriser” for the Bangor Daily News for 3 years, walking a 3-mile route, 6 days a week.  Kevin attended Bridgewater Classical Academy and graduated from Central Aroostook High School the first year of consolidation.  

Kevin volunteered for service with the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam Conflict from 1967-1971.  He was a Blue Water Sailor who joined to “see the world” and received training in Boiler and Machinery Repair.  

 During his service, he was stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, USS Zellers, and the USS Hartley.  From the western Pacific to the eastern Mediterranean, he treasured his memories of the sights he saw and the adventures he had during his service.

After discharge from the Navy, Kevin attended Northern Maine Vocational Technical School and was the first student to earn a certificate in the then new Plumbing & Heating course.  He obtained his Associate’s degree in Plumbing and Heating, and went on to earn his Master Plumbers, Master Heating, and Unlimited Oil and Solid Fuel Licenses.  Kevin was later to become a partner in L&M Plumbing and Heating, concentrating on industrial boiler construction and service.  This experience, in addition to his Navy training led to him being recruited by U.S. Energy Corporation to head-up the Maintenance department for their new solid fuel power plant in Fort Fairfield.  During his 20-year career at this facility, Kevin received his B.S. degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Southern Maine, and a First-Class Stationary Engineering license.  Kevin held several management positions including several years as Plant Manager.  He later became a Project Manager for the owners of the Fort Fairfield and Ashland power plants until retirement in 2007.  Kevin owned his own business, Boundary Line Mechanical, and consulted on several solid fueled power plant projects in New England during his retirement years.

Kevin enjoyed fishing and camping and made several trips to northern Quebec pursuing this passion.  He also had a passion for woodworking in his workshop, having built several strip canoes and other assorted projects.  Kevin was a past member of the Elks Lodge in Centerville, N.B. and a life member of the VFW Frazer Post in Presque Isle.  While living in Bridgewater, Kevin had the pleasure of being a town selectman, a volunteer firefighter, a member of the town planning board, and a member of the Cemetery Committee.

Kevin married his childhood sweetheart, Carla Tilley, in 1970, with whom he celebrated their 50th anniversary in April of 2020.  In addition to being survived by the love of his life, he also leaves behind their one son, William A. McKeen and his wife Angela, and two grandchildren, Chase and Sean McKeen,  whom he treasured, all of Lewiston.  Also surviving him are his brother, Garry McKeen and his wife Myrna of Presque Isle, his sister Carolyn, of Bridgewater, his brother Brent McKeen and his wife Barbara of Westmanland, and his sister-in-laws Connie Hagan of Houlton, and Cathy Tilley of New Limerick.  Additionally, Kevin leaves behind many nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

Kevin was always willing to give good advice and help solve tough issues.  He loved reading, travelling and all things historical, especially visiting monuments and museums.  “Papa” will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

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