Keenan, Hugh and Grace

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                                HUGH & GRACE KEENAN
                         Keenans celebrate 50 years together
                                   By Margery MacRae

Hugh and Grace Keenan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept.16. Hugh and Grace were married on Sept. 17, 1945 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Howard by Rev. A.A. McKinnon.

Their attendants were Gerard Keenan and Marie Holier. It was a nice warm day, Grace recalled on her anniversary, and since there were few cars in the settlement at that time, she was driven to the church by George Vickers, a friend.

"In those days, people got married in the morning, so after the ceremony, we all came back to my home for breakfast. Then George drove us to town (Newcastle) where we had our dinner at a restaurant, then we came home again to Hugh's parents' for supper."

For a few months, the young couple lived with Flora and Mary Keenan (Hugh's parents) before moving to the home of an uncle who had moved away. Later on, they built their own home where they reside today.

Ten children were born to the couple, two of whom passed away in infancy. The remaining family members include four daughters and four sons, and all of them except one live in the Miramichi area.

In the early years, Hugh worked in the woods to support his large family, and later with the government until his retirement.

About 150 people gathered at the Keenan home for an open house to express good wishes to the couple including their eight children, 16 grandchildren, and other family members and friends.

Congratulatory messages were also received from Prime Minister Jean Chretien; Governor General N.B.; Lieutenant Governor Margaret McCain; and Premier Frank McKenna and A-Bound Corporation.

All family members gathered at the Anglican church hall in Blackville for supper where family members presented their parents with a plaque containing all their names. A son acted as master of ceremonies. Musical entertainment was provided by Trent Stephens.

Source: Miramichi Leader – September 26, 1995

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