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KENNEDY After a lifetime championing human rights, cultural heritage and environmental stewardship, author and activist Stetson Kennedy, 94, passed away on August 27, 2011. The last known surviving author in Roosevelts 1937 WPA Florida Writers Project, William Stetson Kennedy was born in Jacksonville on October 5, 1916, to George and Willye Stetson Kennedy. For a summary of Kennedys rich life, accomplishments, and honors, see http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2011-08-25/story/jacksonville- author-civil-rights-activist-stetson-kennedy-dead-94 During the past two decades, Kennedy has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from the University of North Florida, and admission into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2005. Accolades include the Literary Legends Award by the Florida Heritage Book Festival, the Florida Folk Heritage Award, Dorothy Dodd Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Historical Society, the Ghandi, King, Ikeda Award, Peace and Unity Award, Jules Verne Medal of Honor, and the NAACP Freedom Award. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Sandra Parks, author, educator and former St. Augustine City Commissioner. Family members include his sister, Jean Kennedy Curran, and her daughter, Deborah McLaughlin, both of Jacksonville; his son, Loren Stetson Kennedy (Barbara) of Raleigh, NC, and grandson, Sean Kennedy (Jennifer) of Austin, TX, as well as Sandras children, John Howland Wing of Washington, D.C., Nancy Wing Buehmann of Westminster, CO, and Jennifer Wing Pastore of St. Augustine. His late wife, Joyce Ann Kennedys daughters are Katherine Jones of Newton, MA, Becky Gay of Jacksonville, Karen Roumillat (Randy) of Jacksonville, and Leslie Reda (Kip) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. His step-grandchildren are Greg Garmil, Tessa Gay, Ramie Stradley (Ben), Fetoun and Ashley Reda, Katherine and Joseph Buehmann, Jessica and Stephanie Pastore, and great grandchildren, Leah and Luke Stradley. The family invites you to share your Stetson stories on the Foundation website, www.stetsonkennedy.com. In lieu of flowers, donations to continue Stetsons work may be sent to the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, 1523 S.R. 13, St. Johns, Florida 32257. Kennedys final birthday, memorial celebration will be held at 2 pm on October 1st, 2011 at Beluthahatchee on State Rd 13 in Fruit Cove. For information, please call 904-287-0452. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 30, 2011
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