John H. Kennedy, 91, formerly of Pittsfield, Vt., and Quakertown, Pa., died Monday morning, April 1, at Cedar Hill Continuing Care in Windsor following a prolonged illness.
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He was born in Pittson, Pa., the son of Joseph and Mary (Fisher) Kennedy. His only sibling, Katherine Oberland of Baltimore, Md., passed away in 2003.
He graduated from St. Mary's School in Pittson and eventually moved to New York City, where he was working in Advertising Design until the start of World War II, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was selected to be in the 603rd Engineer Camouflage Battalion, (23rd). He was part of a unique unit of soldiers who helped create illusions/camouflage to deceive the German Army, like D Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, he went to and graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art in 1948 with a degree in Advertising Design. There, he met Helen Schmidt, whom he married in 1949. They had two girls, Lynn and Lisa.
After graduation, he worked as an art instructor for the Moore College of Art, freelanced, and worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin. In 1965, he was hired by the TPF&C (now Towers Watson) in Philadelphia as an Art Director. Later, he became the first (head) Corporate Art Director for the company. He retired in 1982, but continued to work as a design consultant for Talone and La Braska, with special projects like the Rodale Theater in Allentown, Pa.
He was past president of the Philadelphia Art Directors Club, worked on local planning commissions and other community groups.
John and Helen were members of Richland Meeting in Quakertown, Pa.
In 1985, he and his wife moved to Pittsfield, Vt. He was active in volunteering, especially for the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vt. He also continued his cartooning art; some were featured in The Saturday Evening Post and a weekly series in The Herald of Randolph called "Local Color."
His creative projects continued well into his years of decline.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years, Helen E. Kennedy of Windsor; his daughters, Lynn Kennedy of Bellows Falls, Vt.; and Lisa McGinley and her husband, Mark of Washburn, Wis.; and one granddaughter, Krista McGinley of Madison, Wis.
John loved gardening, music, playing baseball, tennis, the environment, landscaping, creative stone walls, nature, animals, his beloved friends, family, pets and Vermont.
There will be no funeral service. Burial will be at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vt.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor assisted with the arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 5, 2013