Cornelius Kennelly

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Longtime attorney Cornelius "Neil" Ross Kennelly, 70, died June 6, 2007, at his Anchorage office of a heart attack.
Visitation will be at noon Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with a Mass beginning at 2 p.m. Archbishop Francis T. Hurley will officiate. A reception will follow at the church. A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. at the Gaslight Lounge, 721 W. Fourth Ave. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Angelus Memorial Park.
Mr. Kennelly was born Dec. 21, 1936, in White Plains, N.Y., to Dr. Edward Kennelly and Mary Kennelly. He was a 1954 graduate of Strepinak High School, received a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University in 1958, and graduated from NYU Law School in 1961.
Mr. Kennelly was a private practice attorney at law for more than 40 years.
He was a member of the Bar Association and the Catholic Church.
His family wrote: "Conversation with family, friends, colleagues, clients and even total strangers was Neil's favorite pastime. In addition to law, history and sports, Neil was also very knowledgable about Catholicism and religion in general. He was devoted and went to Mass several times a week. Practicing law was not only his profession, but also a passion for Neil, and he frequently commented that the day he died would be the last day he practiced. He died at his desk.
"Neil was a kind and generous man with a great appreciation for the simple things in life. He was selfless when it came to helping family and friends, and he treated all people with dignity and respect. He maintained the highest moral and ethical standards not only in his profession, but personal life as well. He loved his wife, SoNyum, and his family very much, and they will cherish his memory. Neil was a true Alaskan that touched many lives and was loved for that. All the people whose lives have been enriched through knowing him will miss him. May God bless Neil."
Survivors include his wife, SoNyum Kennelly of Anchorage; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Pattee of Denver, John and Hui Pattee of Anchorage, and Robert and Angela Jones of Arlington, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Eric Hopkins of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Carol Kennelly of Clifton Park, N.Y., John and Blanch Kennelly of Coscob, Conn.; sister, Sheila O'Connell of Maywood, N.J.; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 10, 2007