Warren B. Kennedy, Jr., 88, known to his family and friends as Bailey, died at peace of natural causes in Venice, FL in early April 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife Susan, his daughter Leslie and her husband Chris (Lunenburg, MA), his son Seth and his wife Kristine (Stoughton, MA), his six granddaughters (Jillian, Ally, Samantha, Mira, Sylvie and Iris), his sister-in-law Priscilla (Newton, MA) and her children, Nicole and Peter (Natick & Stoughton, MA), and his daughter-in-law Adina (W. Hartford, CT). He is preceded in death by his father Warren B. Kennedy, his mother Marguerite, his brother Seward, his sister Betty and his son Geoffrey.
Born and raised in Newton, MA, Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and a master's degree from Boston University. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, serving stateside. He was employed as a software engineer with several defense contractors, including Raytheon and TASC, and finished his career as a strategic director with Private Healthcare Systems in Waltham, MA. After many years residing in Newton in the house he grew up in, he and his wife retired to Venice, FL, where he was an avid golfer and member of the Sarasota Ski Club.
Bailey was a lifelong runner and athlete, competing in track and field through college and later in multiple distance races and Boston Marathons. He skied as often as opportunity allowed, and enjoyed sailing, windsurfing and dominating fierce matches of ping-pong at the family's summer home on Oldham Pond in Hanson, MA. He was also a skilled carpenter and jack of all trades. He built and refurbished several homes, put up decks, constructed docks and tackled countless household projects with a high success rate.
He will be best remembered for the loving affection he showed his family and friends. He was active in the lives of his children and niece and nephew—coaching soccer teams, teaching them how to ride bikes and drive cars, as well as always supporting their many interests. Bailey was a doting grandfather, caring deeply for his grandchildren—he would go to great and goofy lengths to make them smile. His loyalty and love for his wife Susan helped them sustain a marriage of 50 years—they traveled the world together, were regulars at local theater productions and their houses were often host to wonderful gatherings for family and friends alike. They also shared a strong devotion to the numerous cats and dogs they lived with over the years, a love that was returned in spades.
He was a true Renaissance man who loved life, laughed easily, embraced kindness and treated all living things with compassion. Bailey will be deeply missed and his memory will be cherished by all who knew him.
Celebrations of his life will be held at future dates in the Venice, FL and Greater Boston, MA areas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Bailey's honor to your favorite no-kill animal shelter, the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (NY) or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research