John Francis Keaveny, of Sharon, Pennsylvania left to go home to his heavenly family on Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Hope Center Memory Care.
Johnny was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1968 to the late Maurice P. Keaveny and Patricia J. Keaveny. He was one of seven children.
Johnny was born with Down Syndrome but his parents and siblings did not let that slow him down. His parents knew with early intervention that the possibilities for his growth and lifelong experiences were boundless.
He attended Crippled Children’s Center of Mercer County, Pa. at the age of 2 and then went on to Wengler Elementary School and West Hill Elementary School in Sharon, Pa.
At the age of 21 he was employed by MCAR (an employment opportunity for adults with special needs). John worked there for 24 years and touched many lives and developed numerous friendships.
He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and he was also an altar boy. He participated in Special Olympics, and enjoyed square dancing, bowling, bocci, boy scouts, musical shows, plays, movies and his favorite thing to do was to eat out at a restaurant.
After his mom passed in 2007, he and his dad became best buddies and Johnny went almost everywhere with his dad. He became his dad’s American Express card, didn’t leave home without him. Their activities were visiting family, golf, various church activities, and chilling at home.
He made the transition to Georgia after the death of his dad in 2014. He remained active and enjoyed many activities through the Fayette County Rec Center such as bowling, karaoke, yoga, Zumba, and particularly art classes. He played with the Miracle League of Fayette County and remained very active with friends and family.
John attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church, went to Sunday School at Flat Creek Baptist Church and VBS at Fayetteville First Methodist Church. John’s firm faith made him able to connect with people of other faiths. He was a special gift from God. He adored his family and Johnny had the sweetest personality and the biggest smile. He also gave awesome hugs. He dramatically changed the lives of everyone he came in contact with. He never met a stranger.
He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Harry Sever and his newborn great nephew, Knox Rogers. He leaves behind to cherish his memory three brothers, Pat Keaveny (Bonnie), Mark Keaveny (Marie), and Chris Keaveny (Chrissy); three sisters, Ann Sever, Kathy Warren (Tim), and Monica Nuzzo (Craig); and numerous nieces and nephews and two great nephews and a great niece.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday, February 3, 2020 and his Celebration of Life will be at 10:00 AM on February 4, 2020 at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home in Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Miracle League of Fayette County at 101 Tullamore Trail, Tyrone, Ga. 30290 or Southern Grace Hospice, www.SouthernGraceHospice.com.