Paul J. "Jay"
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Paul J. "Jay" Kennedy, 55, of Springfield, died at 1:48 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 26, 1958, in Springfield to Paul J. and Ramona Tippit Kennedy, Jr. He married Shelly Endres on Nov. 6, 1993.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John Kennedy.
He is survived by his wife, Shelly; three children: Paul J. Kennedy IV, Kallie M. Kennedy and Fallon E. Kennedy, all of Springfield; grandson, Will Karter; parents, Paul J. and Ramona Tippit Kennedy, Jr.; one sister, Janet Kennedy; one brother, James Kennedy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul was a lifelong resident of Springfield and a member of St. Joseph's Church. He graduated from Lanphier High School and attended Lincoln Land Community College. He was employed for 38 years as a Supervisor of the print shop with the Illinois Dept. of Human Services.
Jay loved his children so much and adored his new grandson. He enjoyed NASCAR, White Sox, old cars, canoeing and Oh, the horseshoes! And not the ones you eat! He also loved to cook for all his family and friends, the grill worked all year long, in rain, sleet, or snow.
Jay was a very kind soul. He would help anyone that needed anything. He is missed a zillion!
Visitation: 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at St. Joseph's Church.
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. Steve Janoski officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
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