Obituary of James Kennedy, Sr.
James Joseph Kennedy, Sr.
Age 73, of Bolingbrook, IL and formerly of Indiana and New York, passed peacefully Thursday, April 20, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 17, 1943 in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Dolores (Hart) and James E. Kennedy. A U.S. Navy Veteran and proud SeaBee, James retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the Naval Reserves after 27 years of dedicated service. James also served over 20 years as a Systems Analyst at the DFAS in both West Point, NY and Indianapolis, IN.
Survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Kathleen (Chayka) Kennedy; loving father of James J. (Kristina) Kennedy, Jr. and Kevin Kennedy (Rachel). Devoted grandfather of Ella and Emelia Kennedy; dear brother of Dolores Kennedy, Joseph (Rosanne) Kennedy and Michael (Fran) Kennedy. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and his Aunt Patricia Macleod also survive.
Preceded in death by his parents.
James was a past Commander of the American Legion Post #1796 in New Windsor, NY; past County Commander of the American Legion, Orange County, New York as well as Chef De Gare of the 40 and 8 of Orange County, New York #476. A lifetime member of the Navy League, the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association and the Navy SeaBees of America. Mr. Kennedy was also a member of AF & AM Masonic Lodge 140 and the Knights of Columbus both of Indianapolis, IN as well as the Fleet Reserve Association.
An entreprenuer, James was the former proprietor of Jim's Cards and Coins in Indianapolis and Jim's Sub Shop near West Point, NY. Plank Owner of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation.
Visitation for James Kennedy will be held Monday April 24, 2017, 4 - 8 pm at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet, IL. Funeral services Tuesday April 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Interment to follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the USO or Naval Seabee Veterans of America would be appreciated. For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com
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