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Obituary: Thomas Michael Kennedy

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Thomas Michael Kennedy, age 85, died Saturday July 28, 2001, of complications from congestive heart disease. He died surrounded by his family at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he had worked as a volunteer for over 5000 hours during his lifetime. His family wishes to thank the staff of the VA Hospital for their care and sensitivity during his final days. Tom was born in Cambridge, MA, on August 13, 1915, the eldest of six children. At age nine after the death of his mother, he helped nurture and raise his brothers and sister. He remained devoted and attached to his siblings throughout his lifetime. He attended high school in Somerville, MA, and went to Boston College, and he was in the Massachusetts National Guard. Tom worked for Hires Bottling Co. as a super-intendent of plants in Minn-eapolis, MN and Boston, MA and as manager in Milwauk-ee and Madison, WI. He served in the U.S. Navy (Pacific Theater) from 1944-1945 on the U.S.S. Gallatin as a surface radar operator. Tom served as Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #1 in Milwaukee, WI. He was Commander of VFW Post #8483 in Madison, WI, and was Commander of VFW Sugar House Post # 3586 in Salt Lake City. He also served as State Commander of the Utah Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was active in the Footprinters Association, was a practicing Catholic and served as an altar boy and as chaplain for the Footprinters. He greatly enjoyed these friendships he made in each of these organizations. Tom greatly loved his family and was very proud of his sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved to talk to and about them.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Eleanor Carlson Kennedy; his brothers, George (and Louise) Kennedy and Jim Kennedy; sisters-in-law, Mary and Bernice Kennedy.

Tom is survived by his brothers, Paul Kennedy and Eugene (and Dorothy) Kennedy; his sister, Kay (and Ray) Kennedy, Jr.; and John Paul (and Jill) Kennedy; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren, all of whom loved him dearly.

Memorial services will be held Monday, July 30, 2001 at 3 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.