Lawrence C. Kenney, 45
Grafton - Lawrence C. Kenney Jr., 45, of Mashpee, departed this world unexpectedly October 28 after a massive heart attack at his childhood home in Grafton.
Larry leaves his family with happy and delicate memories of him. They will forever miss his contagious booming laughter and encyclopedia-like mind. Larry's role in the Kenney and Rafferty families was that of the "Gentle Giant". He was a humanitarian, a very spiritual and passionate soul, and also an avid lover of knowledge, rock and roll music, and the ocean.
As a big brother, son, and father, Larry's love for his family, his encouragement, and his optimism held us each in the highest regard. Larry faced his fair share of hardships, yet graciously shared his challenged strengths with many people. Words cannot describe just how much we love him and will miss his pure dedication to family and friends. His children were the main love and light in his life, along with a very large extended family.
He spent much of his time at the Cape in Eastham with his huge family at the "Rafferty Compound" by the ocean, as well as many memories at his family home in Mashpee. He loved his sports: the Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, and the Bruins. He was a lifelong hockey player. Larry was also a true avid fisherman who loved the sea; he was fine exploring, as he had a love and infatuation for marine life, always saying that he should have been a marine biologist.
Larry was a graduate of Grafton High School, Quinsigamond College, and American Business and Technology University. He was trained as a "CAD" engineer; and he used his gift for mathematics and creativity as a draftsman for multiple firms, Wolf Coach, Auburn, and Whatson Engineering Association, Mapleton N.H., and as Project Engineer for Mercadante Properties, Dennis, MA.
He is survived by his two children, Courtney and Kyle Kenney, and their mother, Kimberly Dolan of Mashpee; his father, Lawrence C. Kenney Sr. and stepmother Ellen Kenney of Worcester; his mother Dr. Teresa Rafferty and stepfather Michael Hull of Worcester; his brother Matthew Kenney, his wife Lori, and their daughters Ashley and Madison of Grafton; his brother Michael Kenney, his wife Krystal, and their children Owen and Emilee of Grafton; his brother Jason Kenney, and his children Logan and Kali; his sisters Spenser Rafferty, Crystal Kenney, and her daughter Ariana, and Michelle
Plouffe of Worcester.
Larry is also survived by his uncles Attorney Richard Rafferty of Northboro, Timothy Rafferty of Sutton; his aunts Christine Rafferty Morway of Webster, Lynn Rafferty of Grafton, his grandparents Richard and Joanne Rafferty of Venice, Fl.; several nieces and nephews, and a large family of cousins and many lifelong friends. He is predeceased by his aunt Kathleen J. Mooney-Rafferty.
Calling hours are Sunday, November 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held Monday, November 2, from the funeral home, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. John's Church, 40 Temple St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
Donations may be made in memory of Lawrence C. Kenney Jr. to The 365Z Foundation, 907 Pleasant St., Worcester, 01602.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2015.