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Joseph Kennedy

January 13, 1927 — March 22, 2019

Joseph Eugene Kennedy passed away surrounded by family at his Martha's Vineyard residence at the age of 92. Prior to moving to his son's Oak Bluffs home in 2015 he was a sixty year resident of Whitman. Born in Providence, RI., he was the oldest of three children to the late Eugene J. and Kathleen A. (Carroll) Kennedy. Joe was a graduate of LaSalle Academy in Providence, RI and a United States Coast Guard Veteran of WWII serving in the radio-corps and troop transport in the Japanese theater of operations. Following his honorable discharge in 1946 he moved to Whitman and began a career in retail management purchasing and operating the Whitman Store, which was located on Washington Street in downtown Whitman before moving on to Edgar's Department Store, W.T. Grant Co., and Almy's Department Stores. Following his retirement he and Lillian owned the This n That Shop on Washington Street for ten years before Lilly became ill.

Later in life he was a much beloved mail courier for the Brockton School System. An active athlete his entire life he was an outstanding pitcher in many fast pitch softball leagues throughout Brockton and the South Shore well into his 60's but he found his greatest joy being with his family and friends, caring for his Martin Street home playing self-taught music on the guitar and organ and watching Boston Red Sox baseball.

Joseph was predeceased by his cherished wife of 49 years Lillian M. (Jache) Kennedy who passed in 2005, "his special" daughter-in-law Susan Elizabeth (Pio) Kennedy 2016 and his sister Carol A. (Kennedy) Malloy 2013.

Joe is survived by his two sons Jay M. Kennedy of Somerset, PA and Brian P. Kennedy of Oak Bluffs, MA

his two grandsons Joshua T. Kennedy of San Francisco, CA and Andrew J. Kennedy of Oak Bluffs his brother John D. Kennedy of Riverside, RI his dear friend and caregiver Teresa M. Temple as well as twelve nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday July 5th at 11:00 A.M. at the VA National Cemetery in Bourne.

Memorial donations would be deeply appreciated to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center P.O. Box 1747

Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

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Graveside Service

Friday, July 5, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Massachusetts National Cemetery

Connery Ave, Bourne, MA 02542

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