Joseph F. Hennessey, M.D., of Huntingdon Valley and Lake Ariel, died Monday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his wife, the former Marie Harding. They were married for 52 years.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of J. Edward Hennessey and Helen Golan Hennessey and the stepson of Catherine Gillern Hennessey. He was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and a 1959 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. He went on to graduate from Temple School of Medicine in 1963 and served in the Air Force in Orlando, Fla. He studied pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia before beginning his 39-year career as a pediatrician. He was on staff at St. Christopher's Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Nazareth Hospital in the Philadelphia area. He was a member of the Irish American Pediatric Society and enjoyed traveling with the society.
He was known for his care and compassion for children, his patients and their families. He loved boating and enjoyed spending time on the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Ariel. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. His greatest accomplishment was his family and he was the true definition of a family man.
Also surviving are two sons, Joseph and wife, Marianne Hennessey, Upper Moreland; and Patrick and wife, Yvette Hennessey, Huntingdon Valley; five daughters, Bridget and husband, Kevin Weir, Kendall Park, N.J.; Elizabeth Hennessey, Dunmore; Kristen and husband, Conal Clarke, Scranton; Erin and husband, Matthew Butler, Scranton; and Meghan and husband, Christopher Farrell, Lancaster; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Caitlin Hennessey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Albert the Great Church, 212 Welsh Road, Huntingdon Valley. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.
Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. at the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.