Earl James Keogan, 91, passed away on June 08, 2020 at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon from complications following a stroke. Jim, as he was known, was born on August 5, 1928 in Biggar, SK; the son of James T and Betty Keogan.
Jim left school early to help his dad on the farm. In 1948 Jim hired on the railway (CN) as a locomotive fireman, very soon after that he promoted to locomotive engineer and worked in that capacity until his retirement in 1988.
Jim was a founding member of the Biggar Council of the Knights of Colombus. Jim was also very active in the Biggar Elks, holding the position of Exhalted Ruler on numerous occassions. After Jim’s retirement he was an active volunteer at the North Battleford Western Development Museum, assisting in rebuilding and running their numerous steam tractors.
Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rose Keogan; sister, Sheila Pickett of Biggar, SK; sons, Michael (Bonnie) Keogan, Tim (Cathy) Keogan, Jeff (Kathy) Keogan and daughter Lisa Keogan as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by his granddaughter April.
A private Catholic funeral service ‘following Covid-19 protocols’ will be held on Thursday, June 11 at 2pm at St. Gabriel’s Parish Church in Biggar, SK. Interment will follow at the Biggar Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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