Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Leo Man, Sox Fan, Grand Catholic Gentleman Jim McKeever ( Leo '54) Mend Quickly

Photo by John Konstantaras/Chicago News Cooperative

Few people on earth have more wit, heart and happiness than Mr. James McKeever. He should be happy - he's married to Peggy.

Jim McKeever has been the leading voice of the Leo High School Fight Song for as long as I can rememeber - with a nod to the estimable pipes of Mr. Gene Earner of course.

Jim McKeever helped Leo Men the late E. Michael Kelly and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Fitzgerald put White Sox great Nelson Fox in the Baseball Hall of Fame and spoearhead the efforts to the same for Billy Pierce.

Jim McKeever, Leo 1954, is Veteran and civic leader. He has helped White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf indentify needy families and causes for charitable support, like the Kevin Dowling Scholarship Program.

Jim McKeever has attended nearly every White Sox Opening Day and is present at every hospital sick bed, wake, family benefit and Leo Meeting within his abilities to make an appearance.

Leo Alumni President Rich Furlong just informed me that Jim McKeever had a bad fall and that he is in Holy Cross Hospital in recovery. The thoughts and prayers and of the Hickey Family merge with the massive Leo High School Family for Jim McKeever's speedy return to his active and important life.

Jim McKeever, Séamas Mac Íomhair Abu!, Facta Non Verba!, Eamus O Tibliala!Alba*!

* Jim McKeever, Up and At 'Em! - Deeds Not Words! Let's Go White Sox!

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