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James B. Kenary Jr.

WORCESTER - James B. Kenary, Jr. died peacefully on May 7, 2016 surrounded by his family at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester.

He was born on May 16, 1928, the son of James B. and Harriet (Wilmouth) Kenary.

Jim lived on Coolidge Road for over 80 years and was a lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Church, where he attended grammar school. He graduated from Classical High School, where he lettered in 5 varsity sports and was named All City All Star in Football, Basketball and Baseball from 1944-46. His athletic talent was celebrated in 2007 when he was named to the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jim graduated from Harvard College, where he also played varsity baseball and football, in 1950. Though drafted by the Chicago Bears, he chose to return to Worcester to join local brokerage firm Kinsley & Adams. He spent 1950-52 as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps 2nd Division before commencing what would be his lifelong career in investments and financial management.

Jim was named a Partner at Kinsley & Adams in 1964 and became sole owner, President & CEO in 1970. With a growing client base, a team of brokers and a full office of employees, Kinsley & Adams was purchased by Shearson / American Express, in 1980. Jim's son, James B. Kenary, III joined him at 'The Kenary Group' in 1982 and they worked together until Jim III's death in 2007. Two of Jim's grandsons – James B. Kenary, IV and Samuel Kenary – also joined what has become The Kenary Group at Morgan Stanley and formally took over the business when he officially retired in 2015. Nothing gave Jim more pleasure than working with his son and grandsons in a business that he truly loved.

Through the years, Jim has served the Worcester community in many capacities including Chairman of the Bishop's Fund, President of the Worcester Economic Club and the Worcester Young Businessmen's Association, and Trustee of Old Sturbridge Village. He served for several years on the Board of Directors of St. Vincent's Hospital, Hanover Insurance Company, State Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield TV Broadcasting and St. John's High School. The organization closest to his heart was the Worcester Boys Club. After volunteering at the South Boston Boys Club while at Harvard, he was actively involved in the Worcester Boys Club for over 50 years. He was a lifelong member of the Worcester Rotary Club and loved to attend Rotary lunches around the world when traveling.

Jim was a man of great humor, faith and compassion. He was an example to his family, his friends and his community of staying humble and quietly helping others. Jim was a great source of wisdom for so many – particularly his children and grandchildren who happily recall the many lessons he passed on through stories. He always seemed to know just what to say and how to say it.

James is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Kenary; his daughter, Rachel Kenary Egan and her husband, Jay Egan; his son, Daniel C. Kenary and his wife, Julie Joyce Kenary; his daughter-in-law, Alison Clarke Kenary; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his sister, Marie Reardon; and brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and MaryLou Kenary.

James was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Maryanne Kenary; his eldest son, James B. Kenary, III; and his sister, Ruth Kenary.

A Mass to celebrate Jim's life will be held Wednesday, May 11 at Noon at Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant Street in Worcester. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours.

The family respectfully asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610.

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester, is directing arrangements.


Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 8 to May 9, 2016.
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