VERONA ISLAND – Capt. John “Jack” Frederick McKeen, passed away Dec. 24, 2006, after a five year bout with cancer. He was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Millinocket, to Ora and Bell McKeen. He graduated from Camden High School in 1943. Jack entered Maine Maritime Academy in the fall of 1943 and graduated as an ensign with a 3rd mate commission in the Navy. Beginning in 1945, he served as a licensed deck officer in the merchant marines shipping troops and equipment to Europe. He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War. Jack worked for the American Export and Victory Carriers Lines. In 1945, he received his coast guard masters license for unlimited tonnage. From July 1961 to May 1986, he had a distringuished career piloting ships in the Panama Canal, which included piloting nuclear subs, aircraft carriers, super tankers and passenger ships from all over the world. Jack still holds the record for the fastest transit of the Panama Canal after taking the U.S. Navy’s hydrofoil USS Pegasus through the canal in two hours, 41 minutes, in 1977. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Klara; sons, Bruce, Bryan and Mark; their spouses, Karin, Arlene and Debi; his grandson, Seth; their extended families and numerous nieces and nephews. A private service will be held in Prospect. Arrangements by Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.