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On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the age of 75, after a three year battle with Alzheimer's disease. "Jack", as he was known to his friends, is a graduate of Carnegie Tech and served in the United States Navy where he flew jets from the USS Ranger. A native of Pittsburgh, he lived in Sewickley for 44 years. A loving father and husband, he will be remembered for his quick wit and his selfless nature-always putting others before himself. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Suzanne (Scott) and is survived by his five devoted and loving children Bryan (Milly), Amy Kennedy (Steve Miller), Linda Cavalli (Craig), Scott (Laura) and Michael (Michelle), 10 loving grandchildren: BK (Mary Lauren), Mimi, Will, Emma, Scott, Abby, Erin, Jay, Ryan, Adam and one great-grandchild, Elle. Visitation Monday from 9 AM until prayer at 9:30 AM at COPELAND'S SEWICKLEY, 702 Beaver Street, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. James Catholic Church. Burial in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2009.
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December 28, 2009
Dear Linda, Amy, Bryan, Scott, Michael and families:
I am so happy that I got to know your Dad and will always remember his quick smirkey (in a good way) smile. My heart goes out to you as you deal with the death of your Dad so soon after that of your Mom. My prayers are for God's blessing and peace as you comfort each other at this time. Love, Joye
Joye Wells
December 28, 2009
Dear Kennedy Family,

I worked with Bryan at PQC and have fond memories of him, especially when we spoke about our Irish heritage. I introduced him to the Claddaugh ring and I believe he purchased a few for you folks.

I want to offer you my condolences and also thank you for sharing such a wonderful and gentle man with the rest of us.

Toni Meister
December 27, 2009
Dear Linda,
May your father's memory be eternal. You are all in our prayers. Love, James, Claire, Jamey & Anna Gilmore
December 26, 2009
Dear Linda and Family,

We are keeping you and your father in our prayers and remembering all of the good times celebrating with your family here in Atlanta. He will be greatly missed by many.

Tom, Marie, Kevin and Meredith Gage
December 25, 2009
Linda & family,
Blessings to you. May you be filled with joy as the stories of your dad's life begin to be told. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cindy, Hayne, Luke, Joseph & Hannah
December 25, 2009
Dear Scott and family, We are saddened to learn of the death of your Dad. May the Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow. With love, Dickj and Helen Fronko
December 25, 2009
Dear Kennedys,

I'm so sorry to hear bout Uncle Jack's passing. He and Aunt Suzie (and all of you!) were a big part of my early life. I will always think of him in his flight suit, cooking over an open fire in Algonquin...smoking a pipe.....and Aunt Suzie wearing that bonnet with Mom at Lake Couchiching.....or working the grill, beer in hand, during the famous Memorial Day cookout on Thorn Street.

Here's a couple of my favorite Uncle Jack stories....

After my father passed away, I came to visit the Kennedy home for a weekend. Uncle Jack came to pick me up in Mt. Lebanon and was asked by Mom to talk to me about the "bird and the bees".....I'm not sure who felt more awkward - your dad trying to bring the subject up, or me trying to tell him "don't worry - I'm up to speed". SO, the subject quickly changed to sports or something.....

About 2 years ago, I was paired up with two guys on a golf course at Kiawah Island. One of the two was retired and after some small talk during the 1st couple holes, we determined that heworked with your father at US Steel (Dick Robinson?)...immediately we traded stories. His story was a classic...while in a meeting at work, the phone rang and it was for your father. After a couple "Ok, yes I see's", he got up and nonchalantly announced, "I need to head home. The house is burning down." in the calm manner that your father patented...we had a wonderful time trading stories about him.

He and you mom were my parents best friends and I think of them and all of you as part of our family. I will miss them both and to have had them in our lives was truly a blessing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Joe Lawrence
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