James McKeon

James B. McKeon

1988 - 2022

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                                                       James B. McKeon

                                                          “Smiling James”

                                             October 1, 1988 – May 5, 2022

James was a natural in every sense of the word.  His unique presence was a sparkle that could disarm the hardest heart.

His athleticism:  A ridiculous arm and accuracy (ambidextrous) from the age of three!  He could pitch, rifle a football, knock a T-shot 300 yards and score that winning goal!  To watch him skateboard was to catch a glimpse of his best alacrity, free flow, always in the zone and breezing forward with his funny cackle laugh and big smile.  A talented glass blower, he loved the slow, meticulous intensity of the process and the beauty of the translucent, fragile end result.  James had a knack for creating moments of pure joy, flow, and love in a chaotic world.

Above all, James was unapologetically himself.  His spirit too bright to be contained by this world (or these words).  His unconditional love for his family was infinite.  His smile, laugh, big squeeze hugs and radical kindness will live on as a beacon for all those who were lucky enough to know him.

Polite, kind, in motion all the time. Head to toe in ink, his body, a work of art.  James was a hippie spirit who had so many interests.  He loved his Siamese cats, collected owls, loved biking and hiking in natural surroundings, gardening, and photography. He loved the city, was a minimalist, lived “van life”, loved traveling in his van, by train and plane making friends from PA to CA and beyond!   He saw and experienced life to the fullest.  James loved music and followed the band Phish this past year.  I can see him dancing, not a care in the world, taking it all in.  This was James….

The anguish we feel will never heal.  Our lives are dimmed.  We know intrinsically James moves around us.  In the light, the love, the energy and the universe.  That is what will give us respite, reprieve, and hopefully someday, repose.

James is Preceded by his (Maternal Grandfather), his namesake, James Siciliano.  He is survived by his (Maternal Grandmother), Angela Siciliano, (Mother) Ann, (StepDad) John Drapikowski…(Brother) Joseph McKeon (Kellee)[Alyssa+Emylia},…. (Brother) Christopher McKeon, (Gina){Nyla+Mira}, (Father) Joe McKeon (Deb), James leaves behind Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends from near and far.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to:


Angels At Risk     

This non-profit was started by the actor Ted Danson and its focus is on teenage drug addiction and their affected families. The charity works in tandem with high schools in order to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and they also allocate some of their fundraising towards scholarships so that teens can get treatment or private counseling.


Dreamcenterforrecovery.com 1-877-978-3148




Kessler Foundation (Traumatic Brain Injury)

It seeks ways for people with disabilities to overcome obstacles and lead full, productive lives and is based in New Jersey.


Kesslerfoundation.org 973-324-8362


Rest In Eternal Peace James.

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1988 - 2022

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