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Alvin "Al" Kennedy

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Alvin “Al” Kennedy, 81, a resident of South Park Street, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, May 10, 2004. Mr. Kennedy passed away at his home following a brief battle with cancer. His name “Alvin” - meaning: “One who is greatly loved” - was truly God-given. He shared his kind and caring spirit generously, and his humor and cheer was enjoyed by all who knew or met him. No one was a stranger to him.

Mr. Kennedy was born in Bennington, Vt. June 17, 1922, son of the late Alvin James and Alila (Carpenter) Kennedy. He received his education in the Bennington schools and was a 1941 graduate of the former Bennington High School. Mr. Kennedy was a World War II Navy veteran, serving as a radio operator on submarine patrol planes on flights in the Carribbean. Following the war he worked for New England Telephone Co. for 18 months when he re-enlisted in the United States Air Force. During that time he served as a radio operator on command aircraft and heavy bombers. Mr. Kennedy retired in 1962 with the rank of senior master sergeant. Mr. Kennedy married the former Elizabeth Myers on April 2, 1945 at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

Following his military career Mr. Kennedy owned and operated a janitorial service in Ridgewood, N.J. until 1979 when he and his wife moved to Cambridge where they purchased the Blue Willow Motel which they sold in 1984. Mr. Kennedy was a member of both the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion in Cambridge. Al fell in love with flying at the age of 2 when his father took him up with a “barnstormer.” For the rest of his life, his love of flying was surpassed only by his love for his wife. He enjoyed oil painting, short wave radio, local history and sports. Mr. Kennedy was an avid musician who played the bass viola in many local bands in the 1930s and 40s and also during his military career.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Kennedy of Cambridge; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Jan Kennedy and their sons Andrew and Peter, who resided with him in Cambridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lee and Keith McParland of Sayville, (L.I.) and their children Dawn (McParland) Civello and her husband Lou of Selden (L.I.) and James and Melissa McParland and their son Zachary (Alvin’s great-grandchild) of Deltona, Fla. Mr. Kennedy is also survived by a sister, Audrey Kennedy Smith of Farmington, Pa.; two brothers, John and Robert Kennedy, both of Bennington, Vt.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 11 a. m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The wake service will be offered Tuesday afternoon.

Burial will take place in the family lot in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Cambridge.

Should friends desire contributions in his memory, they may be made to St. Patrick’s Council, Knights of Columbus in Cambridge through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 11, 2004
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