WORCESTER- Gerald Robert Kennedy, 85, passed away Monday, June 5 in UMASS Medical Center.
Jerry leaves his wife of 44 years, Kathleen M. (Scanlon) Kennedy; four children, Eileen Martin, her husband: Shaun and their children: Seamus, Liam, Flynn and Delaney of Rye Beach, NH, Michael McDonnell of Worcester, Jacqueline Head, her husband: Truman and their children: Jackson, Tanner, and Lillian of Worcester, and Kara Pimentel, her husband: Bert and their son Finbar of Westford. He also leaves his beloved dog, Pedro.
Jerry was born in Worcester, the son of James and Mary (Shanahan) Kennedy. He attended St. Peter’s from first to twelfth grade. After graduating high school, Jerry joined the Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge from the military, Jerry attended New England School of Accounting.
A devoted City of Worcester Employee, Jerry retired from the Water Department in 2007, after 39 years of employment.
Spending time with his family, travel, delving into sports and politics were Jerry’s truest passions. He treasured countless family vacations with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He especially cherished the trip he and his beloved wife Kathy took to Ireland with the Retired Men’s Club of Greendale.
A true history buff, Jerry went so far as to enroll himself in Worcester State University classes as a retiree to deepen his understanding of US & World History. Jerry was an avid reader and loved reading anything to do with history as well as sports. Jerry’s passion for sports was quite evident. He vociferously supported most local major league sports and loyally followed the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins.
A man of his word, Jerry always made sure to share his infectious smile and joy for life with all those that he met. He never missed an opportunity to let his loved ones know just how much they meant to him.
Visiting Hours will be held Sunday, June 11 from 2 to 5 pm at Callahan Fay Caswell Life Celebration Home, 61 Myrtle St. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, June 12 at 11:30 am in Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant St. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Food Pantry, 931 Main St., Worcester, 01610.