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John Kenefick, a man who loved coaching his kids' soccer games, treasure diving, hard work, ice hockey, the Florida Keys, playing the guitar - and most of all - his family, passed away on April 7, 2013.
John and his wife, Theresa, arrived in Melbourne, Florida in 1968 from Ohio, where John earned a master's degree in geodetic science from The Ohio State University. In 1973, he started John F. Kenefick Photogrammetric Consultant, Inc. (JFK). His favorite projects included the mapping of Mt. Rushmore in 1990, featured in Life Magazine, and the Walt Disney World castle, just in time for Disney's 25th anniversary. In 2008, John retired from JFK. He had a love for the ocean and a passion for treasure diving. He spent countless summer days searching for treasure from the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet, near Sebastian Inlet, and the 1659 shipwreck, San Miguel Archangel, off Jupiter Inlet.
He and his wife, Terry, were incredibly devoted parents. John coached the soccer teams of his children, Ann and Christian, from day one when soccer first came to Brevard County in 1977. He rarely missed a practice.
John leaves behind his wife, Terry; daughter, Ann (Chris Dolin) and their sons, Will and Ethan; son, Christian (Joy Kenefick), and their daughters, Ana and Sara. He is also survived by his brother, George Kenefick.
Please join his family in a memorial service on Tuesday, April 16, at 10:30 am at the Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, located at 1010 Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne, FL. A reception will be held shortly thereafter at 12:00 pm at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, located at 100 Datura Dr. in Indian Harbour Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Candlelighters of Brevard County (candlelightersofbrevard.org).
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home
1010 Palmetto Avenue Melbourne, FL 32901
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2013