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Frank H. “Pete” Kean III

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On January 14, 2019 @ 3:48 pm In Obituaries,South Euclid | 14 Comments

FRANK H. “PETE” KEAN III age 80, beloved husband for 21 years of Jan (nee Jaquays); loving father of  Michele Kean Markouc (husband Robert deceased) and Laurel Kean and stepfather of Linda Black (husband David Smith), Laura Davis (husband Thomas Clapper), David Davis and Jody Beaty (husband Richard); devoted grandfather of Robert and Samantha Markouc, step grandfather of 7 and step great-grandfather of 7; dearest brother of the late Jeffrey Kean; dear uncle of 2 and friend of many.

Pete was born in Reading, MA on July 9, 1938 and passed away peacefully listening to the Patriots game on January 13, 2019. He graduated from Reading High School in 1956 and continued his education at the University of Maine where he was a TKE fraternity member. Pete taught French and was the Chair of the Language Department at University School from 1967 to 1997, as well as the JV soccer coach. After his retirement, he and his wife Jan moved to Hilton Head and volunteered their time as the property managers of their condominium development. They absolutely loved to keep everything looking nice. Pete was a true Red Sox and Patriots fan, but still had a place in his heart for the Browns. He was a true craftsman. Pete could make most anything out of wood. He and Jan adored their garden and traveled often. Pete was a voracious reader and had a passion for family history. He enjoyed quizzing friends and family with various trivia questions, especially from the 50s. Pete and Jan enjoyed listening to 50s music while sitting out by their tiki bar. He truly loved to be around people and “shoot the breeze.” Pete had a great sense of humor and was a real romantic. He was laid back and enjoyed life. Pete will be most remembered as peaceful and kind. He will forever be missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Pete to Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village 15463 Chillicothe Rd, Novelty, OH 44072. Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7pm at the FUNERAL HOME.  Graveside service will take place on Thursday at Knollwood Cemetery at 2PM. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Pete at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just east of Green Rd.) WEDNESDAY 3-7PM.



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Condolence from Agnes Harichovszky on January 14th, 2019 4:56 pm

Dear Michelle and Lori.
My deepest condolences for your loss. I was very found of your father and We celebrated many birthdays together years ago since we shared the dates. I remember him as a kind and gentle sole. May he rest in Peace. Agnes and Harry Harichovszky

Condolence from Jim Sellers on January 14th, 2019 4:58 pm

I am saddened by the passing of my classmate and close friend. He was a fellow “Rocket”. A wonderful and caring man. He will be missed by many. Condolences to Jan and the family.

Condolence from Sue Lohkamp on January 14th, 2019 6:43 pm

So terribly sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. It has been many years since I last saw him with Jan at Hilton Head. I remember him more from years ago visiting his family in Reading as we grew up and Thanksgivings at Nana Kean’s and then taking turns between our house in Weston, and the 3 brother’s houses in Woburn and Reading. Much love to the family, (cousin) Sue Moore Lohkamp

Condolence from Ken Latham on January 14th, 2019 6:57 pm

Pete will be missed by all of his friends and classmates of Reading High School, Class of 1956.

Condolence from Katie O’Keeffe Swank on January 14th, 2019 11:00 pm

Michele and family,
I am sorry about the passing of your father. May he be at peace.

Condolence from Deborah Francis on January 14th, 2019 11:29 pm

My heart aches tonight here in California. I just learned of my cousins passing. I never had the chance to meet his two daughters, nor his wife Jan, but somehow I felt a part of his world as he many times shared such kind loving words about his family. My heartfelt condolences to you all during this tender difficult time
Pete was our one and only “first” cousin…and he lived so far away. Our dad, Richard, and his mother Eleanor were siblings. He constantly kept in touch with both mom and dad at long distance over the years, before they passed away. After that he would send mom and his 3 cousins in CA an annual sentimental anniversary card, in memory of our dad. Who does that? When mom died, he continued the connection with phone calls to us. I will miss that. I will miss his calming, gentle New England accent voice. I will always remember his “hi cuz!” when I’d answer the phone. I called him a few weeks ago to wish him a healthy new year. We both chuckled at that. He reminded me he was 80 and that I would always be 10 years younger than him. Saying goodbye to hang up the phone wasn’t easy. So we didn’t. We just finished our call with “I love you” Another star will be twinkling in the heavens tonight. Goodnight Pete. Thank you for who you were. Thank you for your gift to the world. Blessings to his family and friends for our loss. You cuz, Deb

Condolence from Sandi Hutchins on January 15th, 2019 2:19 am

When your heart tells you to contact someone….you listen. And I’m so glad I listened shortly there after Christmas. It was the last time we spoke.
And so it is now…as when there needs to be one to make ‘THE’ phone call announcing someone you love has passed away. (thank you Laurie)
I feared it within the still small voice which I heard, “call him, before it’s too late”. (I also heard something in Pete’s voice).
Recent steps in which Pete reached out contacting my brother Ric asking for a photograph of him and me, and pictures of Ric’s place. Which we worked on last week….heart aches those photo’s will not be shared.

Pete Kean, my first cousin. I never had a cousin I could share relations with while growing up…. on either side of the family tree.
But Pete made efforts to contact family. Although we both had only met once when I was a little girl and his being annoyed as hell he and his brother Jeff had to take me out in a canoe on the lake one summer visit back east. I’ve only a photograph taken of me and ‘our’ grandparents on that particular day. Vague as it was I remember it well.
As the years went by, Pete would always keep in touch with my folks, for he’s the reason they met to begin with! As you may well know, Mom was Pete’s babysitter. Dad went over to his sister Eleanor’s to do yard work one Saturday afternoon and seeing him out the kitchen window Mom thought, “Oh, wow..someday he’s going to be mine”! And 70+ years later it’s due Pete I’m here to telling that story.

Years ago, sister Deb and Ric had opportunities to meet cousin Pete while he’d visit the folks in Sunnyvale Calif. Unfortunately residing in Southern Calif. then, I never had the pleasure. But Pete’s sentimentality and family values, would have him keep in touch for getting to know each other in conversations. His compassion gave a sympathetic ear; especially when Dad passed, then Mom, and still once again when my Mike passed 3 years ago. We were married 45 years. Pete was a pillar of strength in his cards and those conversations. It’s my hope you know I extend that same strength to you.
No, it’s never-ever welcomed to get that phone call….but know, I truly will always-miss-his. I Love you Cuz (as we’d end our talks)

We as well may not ever meet, but please know my sincerest condolences to you my extended family. To you Jan; this still fragile heart of mine is with you, hold on dear one…may the Holy Spirit grant you strength thru family and friends being by your side. And you my second cousins who so thoughtfully called, I’m very grateful. I pray your memories bring smiles and divert your tears.
Much Love to You All

Condolence from Bruce Freedman on January 15th, 2019 5:58 am

Laurel, so sorry for your loss. I remember our conversation last year about your Dad. Having lost my parents I know how painful this is and offer two thoughts that may comfort you. First, while you’ll always remember your father, time will make the pain subside. Second, the sorrow you feel is for yourself. Your dad is just fine and in a better place now. Condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you, Bruce.

Condolence from Sheila Wells, WHS Clinic on January 15th, 2019 7:59 am

My condolences to the Kean III family. At this time of your grief, May God wrap you in his arms and fill the voids in your hearts with his love. Michele, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Janice(Murphy)Butler on January 15th, 2019 10:03 am

So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing ,truly one of the good guys.I am a classmate from Reading High School class of “56. I did not know we shared the same birthday.My best to his loving family.

Condolence from Roger Yedid on January 15th, 2019 10:58 am

It is with great sadness that I received the news of Pete’s passing. I worked with him at US from the beginning of my career there and I always enjoyed his company and friendship. He was always very kind and never had a bad word to say about anyone. I will miss him.

Condolence from Bill Champ on January 15th, 2019 2:05 pm

I have many memories of great teachers and friendly people from my years at US, but Pete, (Mr. Kean), not only taught me French, but he was my soccer coach. I’ll never forget the tandem of Pete and George Johnston leading a raucous bunch on the JV team in the early 80’s. The atypical coaching attire of a jean jacket was not the norm! Mr. Kean was a memorable teacher, briefly a friendly colleague, and mostly, he was a kind man and I am very sorry to hear of his passing.

Condolence from Gale Heine on February 3rd, 2019 8:34 am

Jan just heard about Pete’s passing. He lived
a long and happy life. Always inspired by volume of books he would read.
I did not know him long. Enjoyed coming to Hilton Head to visit.

Condolence from Tim Freeman on July 22nd, 2019 3:33 pm

My condolences for everyone’s loss…I met Pete when he dated, and married my mother Sharon around 1973. He made my mother so happy, and accepted and raised myself, and two brothers. We stayed in touch for many years sharing in old memories and making new. I was so saddened to find out by accident, that he passed. I felt that we should have been contacted as i always called him a dad. My family surely would have paid our deepest respects, perhaps we were not supposed to know. I fail to understand how a man that was my Hero growing up would have died and I would not be contacted. RIP Pete…as I will never forget you…thank you for being in my life…..

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