William "Bill" Kennedy

Tuesday, April 15th, 1930 Monday, January 27th, 2020

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Obituary for William "Bill" E. Kennedy

William E. "Bill" Kennedy, 89, of Enfield, beloved husband of Karen (Scozzafava) Kennedy for 62 years, entered into eternal peace, Monday, January 27, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. The son of the late John T. and Mary (Dowd) Kennedy, Bill was born April 15, 1930 in Hartford. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his service, Bill earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and later earned a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Hartford. He dedicated 35 years of his career in education, with most of his employment taking place with the Enfield Public Schools. Bill served as Principal at Harriet Beecher Stowe School and later Eli Whitney School in Enfield culminating with 30 years in administration, retiring in 1992. In his free time Bill enjoyed supporting UCONN men's and women's basketball, as well as his favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees. He also loved the theater, and was a season ticket-holder at the Bushnell.
Besides his wife Karen, he is survived by three children, Michael Kennedy and his wife Linda of New York, NY, Patricia O'Connor and her husband Kenneth of Somers, Christopher Kennedy and his wife Cynthia van Zelm of Ellington, two grandchildren, Christopher and Kathryn O'Connor, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother John Kennedy. Visitation hours will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. Thursday January 30, 2020 at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road Enfield. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at Leete-Stevens for a procession to Holy Family Church, 23 Simon Road, Enfield, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Committal, with military honors, will follow at St Patrick's King Street Cemetery. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Enfield Food Shelf, PO Box 699, Enfield, CT 06083.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Mass

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Holy Family Church
    23 Simon Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Friday, January 31st, 2020
  • Interment

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 |
    St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery
    King Street
    Enfield, CT
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    Friday, January 31st, 2020

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Karen S. Howard

Karen and family, it is with deep sadness that I send my condolences on Bill's passing. During the many years that I grew to know Bill, both as a parent of two daughter's who attended Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary school, and as an officer in the Stowe PTO, Bill's patience, insight, leadership and mentoring helped me to grow in confidence as both a young professional working with children and their parents, and as a young parent raising my children. His 35+ years as a dedicated educator made such a very positive impression on so many people whose lives he touched, that his memory will live on fondly for so many years to come. He will be dearly missed. Karen Howard
Comment | Posted at 08:04pm via Condolence

Richard M. Fahey

Karen and the Kennedy family I want to express my deepest condolences of the passing of Bill. He was a highly effective administrator and supported the integration of the arts in education.
"May his soul bask in the light of God for all eternity and his spirit live on in our daily deeds."
Richard M. Fahey
West Hollywood CA
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Keeping you, Chris, and your Family in my prayers and thoughts. Your Colleague, Terry Grant
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Liz Trapanese Patria

Dear Karen and family,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of “Mr. Kennedy”. He was my first principal when I was “practice teaching” in 1974 and always remained an inspiration during my 38 teaching years. His insight, his leadership, and his dedication to the Enfield Public Schools is admirable. Maybe he rest in peace and may you and your family know we will keep you in our prayers.
Liz Trapanese Patria
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Rachel and Ryan

Sending love and light to a wonderful family - we are so sorry for your loss. Pa was a special man who will be deeply missed. With love,
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