ST. ALBANS — Mr. John Joseph Kennedy, age 82, of St. Albans and formerly of Keeseville, N.Y., passed away on April 22, 2015 at Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester. He was born to Harold and Helen (Wry) Kennedy on Sept. 24, 1932 and was the youngest surviving grandchild of Captain Thomas B. (Cedar Creek) and Catherine Howrigan Kennedy. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School and after graduating from The College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., he served in the Army from December 1954 to August 1956. John then entered the National Guard Reserves where he served until 1962.
While in the Reserves, he completed his Masters of Arts at St. Michael’s College where he met his future wife, Mary Carrigan, of Pittsford, Vt. They were married in 1959 and moved to Keeseville, N.Y., where he taught in the AuSable Valley School District for 30 years. While in Keeseville, John was active in many organizations, including the Keeseville Free Library, the Keeseville Elks Club, and the Kiwanis Club. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary (Carrigan) Kennedy, three daughters and their spouses, Maureen and Gary Badger of Georgia, Kathleen Kennedy and Tina Claussen of Springfield, Mo., and Colleen Kennedy and Michael Linders of Philadelphia, Pa., a sister Patricia Kennedy of St. Albans, a sister-in-law and her spouse Patricia and Fred Coveney of Mooers, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford and Green Mountain Nursing Home for their competent and compassionate care during the last two years of John’s life.
A Funeral Service for John will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Kennedy family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Keeseville Free Library, 1721 Front Street Keeseville, New York 12944 or the Keeseville Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 8 Pleasant Street, Keeseville, NY 12944 or the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to his family at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.