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Henry Joseph (Harry) Keenan

May 9, 2023

On May 9, 2023 peacefully at home.  In his 93rd year.  Dearly loved husband of the late Patricia (Pat), loved father and father-in-law of Wayne and Juanitta (Wanganui), Paul (Hokitika), Rex and Anthea (Kaniere), Karen and Nigel Andrews (Orewa), Barry and Maree (Hokitika) and Noel and Jessica (Auckland).  Much loved grandad and G-Dad of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a loved brother and uncle.

Messages to the Keenan Family, 9 Park Street, Hokitika 7810 or may be left on Harry’s tribute page  at  A special thank you to the Hokitika District Nurses for their wonderful care of Harry.

A service to celebrate Harry’s life will be held in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Seaview Terrace, Hokitika, on Thursday May 18, commencing at 1.30pm.  Following the service Harry will be laid to rest with his wife Pat in the Lawn Section of the Hokitika Cemetery.  Recitation of the Rosary at Thompsons Riverside Chapel, on Wednesday at 7.00pm. 

Harry’s service can be viewed below.


  1. Janet Keats

    Thinking of you all as you say goodbye to Harry. Many special memories of times while Harry was in the grocery shop, on racing committee, and pool competitions while we were in club hotel.
    Jan, Gerald, Phillip and Leeanne Keats.

    • Maxine

      Sincere sympathies Anthea and Rex on the passing of your father and father in law. R. I. P.

      • John Englefield

        Sorry to hear about Harry.
        Good memories working with him for the Westland Racing Club and spending time playing Golf and Pool.
        John and Deb Englefield

  2. Rosalie O'Neil

    Deepest Sympathy to all the family on the passing of Uncle Harry. Fondly remembered as a gentle uncle and a true gentleman.
    Rosalie, Carolyn, Monica & Huseyin

    • Doug & Yvonne Cochrane.

      Sincere condolences to the Keenan Family with your sad loss of Harry.
      Memories from delivering to and shopping from his Revell Street shop to playing golf in more recent years.
      A true gentleman.
      RIP Harry.🌹🌹🌹

  3. Sally Bateup(McMurtrie)

    Sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. I have fond memories of our across the road neighbour growing up on Revell St.
    Thinking of you all.

    • Paul and Kenny Summers

      Thank you for the wonderful memories Harry many stories and always lot of laughter when all the family had their get togethers,you will be greatly missed. An uncle much loved. Pauline and Kenny and family. 💜

  4. Diane & John Craig

    Thinking of you all as you farewell Harry. We both have fond memories of Harry over the years. A true gentleman.

    • Carole Jones

      Deepest sympathy to Rex& Anthea and all the Keenan family.Fond memories of the gentleman behind the counter in his Revell St grocery shop. RIP Harry

  5. Allen & Vicki Hurley

    The passing of a true gentleman who was always happy for a chat and who loved a game of pool and golf. RIP Harry

    • Coghlan Family

      Uncle Harry, the fond memories of you we do have. Such an important role you played in our lives and wonderful memories you have left us with. We will miss you and remember you always with love Barbara and Dave Thomason, Michelle Coghlan

  6. Noeline Pullan

    A much respected man, remembering his little shop on Revell street opposite Fairlies at the time.
    My sincere condolences to all the family.

  7. Gary Sinclair

    Sincere condolences to the family our thoughts are with all as you farewell Harry

  8. Tony Copping

    Condolences to all.

    • Sharyn Symons

      Condolences to Paul Rex and family at the loss of your dad and grandad. Thinking of you at this sad time

    • Sue and Peter Coghlan

      A lifetime of memories to remember a wonderful Uncle, a patience tested on many an occasion, so many laughs and good times Harry. We will miss you dearly. 💙 RIP

  9. Peter Arthur

    Sincere condolences to the family at this very sad time.

  10. Roger & Beryl Agnew

    Sincere condolences to all of the family.

  11. David Lyes

    My sincere condolences to all the Keenan family and friends of the passing of Hokitika legend Harry.
    Harry was an intricate part of the fabric of the town and will be missed hugely of course.
    RIP Harry
    David Lyes

    • Sheila Coghlan

      A message from Sheila, a sister who shared wonderful childhood memories and loved her brother Harry so much.
      RIP Harry, you were such a wonderful brother, I will miss you dearly.
      Love always, your sister Sheila ❤️

  12. Shona and Murray Marshall

    Condolences to the family of Harry, Both him and Pat were lovely people. RIP

    • Marilyn Butt nee Jones

      Thinking of you Rex and Anthea. My condolences to you all.

  13. Liz and Kyle Scott

    Sad to see the news of such a remarkable man.
    Harry was just so full of fun.
    What an amazing long life full of wisdom take it with you on your next journey
    Love and sympathy to all the family

  14. Gray Eatwell

    To work with Harry on the Westland Racing Club committee was a privilege. He was a loyal servant of the racing club right up to the very last race day. RIP Harry.

  15. Judy and John Tacon

    Our sincere condolences to you all. Another legendary gentleman has departed on his next adventure.. He will be sadly missed.
    Love and sympathy to you Rex, Anthea, Tony and Ange and the entire Keenan clan.

  16. Rob and Kate Fearn

    Very sorry to hear of your loss Rex, Anthea and Family. Harry was a lovely bloke.

  17. Rose Keenan

    So sorry for your loss. Uncle Harry was a lovely man & will be missed. RIP. I will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers.

  18. Cheryl Hutchison

    Sincere sympathy to the Keenan family in your loss of Harry.
    A true gentleman. RIP.

  19. Marie and Trevor Molloy

    So sorry for your loss, fond memories.

    Marie and Trevor Molloy

  20. Tarn Murtha

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Thinking of Harry’s family and friends. Reflect on the happy times & a life well lived. May he rest peacefully

  21. Chris and Dianne Ward

    Our sincere condolences to Barry, Maree and family.

  22. Jeremy Clayton

    Sorry for yor loss. I have fond memories of your amazing putting skills and winning the business house ambrose with you. You will be missed

  23. Ann Bradley

    My sincere sympathy to the Keenan family. Harry was a gentleman. Fond memories back to the days of the store in Revell st. RIP Harry.

  24. John Bourgeois

    So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing, he was a lovely character and I was priviliged to have quite a few very enjoyable games of golf with him. His golf “short game” was amazing and his “long game” through life was equally impressive. RIP Harry

  25. Hokitika Golf Club

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Harry our Club Patron. Harry was a great club member and a very ‘handy’ golfer. He enjoyed a beer and catch up after the game and was always happy to help out where needed and was a tireless worker in the beer tent at the Wildfood’s festival for many years.
    Our thoughts are with Harry’s family at this time. May he rest in eternal peace.

  26. ShirleyKeenan

    Condolences to Harry’s Family. Fond memories of him always up for a Chat at his wee Grocery Store

  27. Dean Hetherington

    RIP Harry.
    A top man – a true Hokitika gentleman.

  28. John & Margaret Atkinson

    To the Keenan Family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved Harry.

  29. Shaz Keenan

    A lovely Uncle. Will always remember his smile and his stories of our Dad Jimmy.
    Thinking of you all as you lay Uncle Harry to rest. May he rest in peace and love ❤️

  30. Maree Hutchinson (Wanganui)

    Thinking of you Wayne & Juanitta & Keenan family at this very sad time. Reading the tributes your Dad was one special man! With much sympathy to you all. Doc will have a story or 2 to discuss with you on your arrival in heaven.

  31. Gary Lee

    Our sincere condolences to all family members

    What a great Hokitika identity who will missed by all

    “A man of great character “

    Gary Lee & Alanah Reid

  32. Rex Keenan

    Our sincere appreciation for years of friendships, sporting groups, family of Harry. In recent times, hospital care. The messages of sympathy, floral tributes & gifts. Thanks Thompsons Funeral Directors, Father Joachim and St Marys team for assisting with Rosary & funeral Mass and too Julie Taggart & Russell Gugich for well spoken tributes. We gave Harry a celebration of Harry’s life, send off to eternal rest. Thankful for patch of sunshine at the Cemetery and for Sexton care. Appreciation Railway Hotel for warmth & hospitality. Special thoughts to you all from Rex & Anthea.


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