John Kennedy

Obituary of John Kennedy

John Joseph Kennedy "Jack"

January 23, 1923-June 23, 2017

Monroe, NY

John Joseph Kennedy entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 23, 2017 surrounded by his family, at his home of 50 years in Monroe, NY. He was 94 years old.

Jack was born in Manhattan, NY on January 23, 1923 to the late Thomas Kennedy and Margaret Stokes Kennedy. He attended Our Lady of Good Council Grammer School and Benjamin Franklin High School. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II, earning several medals of commendation.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge for his military service, Jack went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He worked his way through the ranks and ended his career at the Grand Central Station Main Office as a Senior Customer Service Representative. He received many awards and citations for his diligent efforts. Upon completing his successful thirty-seven year career, Jack retired from the U.S. Postal Service. After several restless months of retirement he soon re-entered the workforce. He joined the Accounting Department for the O.C. Department of Social Services, until he and his wife, Margaret retired together in 1994 and began volunteering and traveling, especially cruising.

Jack married his sweetheart, Margaret Arra on September 12, 1953 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan. They began their life together in Queens, NY and in 1967 they moved to Monroe, NY with their four sons, John Jr., Kevin, Steven, and Sean. Less than two years later, they added to their family with the birth of their daughter, Kathleen.

Jack loved to live life to the fullest and cherished every moment of the day. Jack and Margaret loved to cruise and travel throughout the United States and abroad, especially when their grandchildren came along. He was a member of St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Harriman, and also the Monroe Senior Center, where he loved to play bingo. Jack was a former member of the Elks. Jack volunteered at Arden Hill Hospital, and then ORMC for a total of 22 years.

He also enjoyed baseball and old classic movies, and of course, an occasional tug on the slot machines. One of his favorite memories was of the Monroe Bowl-O-Fun, where he and his cronies bowled on Thursday evenings. Jack loved reading all kinds of books, especially non-fiction. He was a huge fan of Bing Crosby and also the Big Band era. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Anyone that knew Jack knew he would always have a story to tell about his grandkids.

John enjoyed supporting charitable causes including Operation Smile, Unbound, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in his memory to St. Jude.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Robert Dinsmore and the Crystal Run Medical team for their professionalism, loving care, and concern that they provided to Jack for the last 16 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of nearly 64 years, Margaret Arra Kennedy, their four sons, John Jr., Kevin, Steven, and his wife Joyce, and their children, Paige, and Patrick, and Sean and his wife Susie and their children, Kaylin, and Sarah. Jack is also survived by his daughter, Kathleen Imhof and his son-in-law Scott, and their children and the loves of his life, Jaclyn, Kelly, and Kyle Imhof. Jack is also survived by his brother Michael of Florida, and sister Elizabeth Dragovits of Pennsylvania and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack was predeceased by his sister Margaret Daly, brother Thomas Kennedy, and sister Ann Cronin.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28th at Smith Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe, NY 10950. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29th at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Still Road, Monroe, NY. Interment will follow in St. Anastasia Cemetery, Harriman, NY.