Monday, September 23. 2013
Funeral services for Curtis Frances Kennedy, age 94, of Ogdensburg, will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:00AM at Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery following funeral services. Calling hours will be held from 2:00 to 4:00PM and 6:00 to 8:00PM on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Frary Funeral Home on 515 Caroline Street. Mr. Kennedy passed away at his private residence surrounded by his loving family on Monday morning, September 23, 2013.
Curtis is survived by his loving wife, Anita, of 72 years; two sons, Paul and his wife, Joan of Heuvelton and John and his companion, Peggy Neilson, of Hammond; four daughters, Carol K. Johnson of Port Richey, Florida, Kathryn Bateman and her husband, Steven of Lisbon, Mary Jane Lesperance and her husband, Michael and Patricia Smithers and her husband, Stephen, all of Ogdensburg; a daughter in law, Patricia Kennedy; twenty four grandchildren, thirty six great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Curtis was predeceased by his son, James Michael; four brothers, Carl, Robert, Richard and Daniel; two sisters, Marion Kennedy (Carville) and Dorothy Kennedy (Sullivan); a son in law, Nelson Johnson; a daughter in law, Diana Kennedy and two grandsons, Karl Johnson and Michael Kennedy.
Curtis was born on September 18, 1919, in Ogdensburg, the son of Daniel M. and Mary E. McDonald Kennedy. Curtis graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. He married Anita Rumble on June 21st, 1941 in Ogdensburg at Notre Dame Church with Father P. Leon Legault officiating. Mr. Kennedy was employed as a repair technician by Bell Telephone for thirty-eight years, retiring in 1981 and then went on to work independently installing and repairing phones. He also was President of the Telephone Pioneers of America and received the Pioneer of the Year Award. Curtis organized and started the life line throughout the St. Lawrence County area.
Mr. Kennedy was on the Ogdensburg City Counsel for eighteen years and Deputy Mayor of Ogdensburg for eight years. He served at the Notre Dame Parish as a 1st Eucharistic Minister and Lector where he also started and ran Bazaar and Bingo. He was in the Sacred Heart Society and affiliated with the Gospel Business Men Organization. Curtis was also a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Lifetime Member, as well as a lifetime member of the Elks Club. He had been a Boy Scout Leader for twenty five years as well as an organizer of the local chapter of International Toastmasters. Curtis had also been a director of Massaouapi Cabins in Hammond, New York.
Curtis enjoyed family gatherings and camping. He was also passionate about doing things for others; his philosophy was “There’s always something one can do.”
Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
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ANTIA, LINDA SHERRY, MY PRAYER'S GO OUT TOO ALL OF YOU,I'M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE DEATH OF CURTIS. I HAVE SO MY MEMORIES OF YOUR FAMILY, CAROL, AND JOHN, I REMEMBER THE MOST, AGAIN CAROL AND JOHN SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST OF YOUR DAD. GOD BLESS, ALL OF YOU AND MAY GOD GIVE ALL OF YOU PEACE, KNOWING THAT YOUR DAD IS AT PEACE. LOVE TOO ALL OF YOU. LOVE LINDA (SHERRY) WEHRLE LINDA SHERRY (WEHRLE)
#1 LINDA (SHERRY) WEHRLE on 2013-09-23 18:33
Our sympathy goes out to you in the loss of your Dad. He was such a nice man. I know you will all miss him terribly but I am sure he is at peace. Hold tight to all your memories.
#2 Anne/Dave Donnelly on 2013-09-23 18:43
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Kennedy. What a nice gentleman who I am sure will be missed by all.
#3 Richard & Jo Anne Lockwood on 2013-09-23 22:49
Prayers and thoughts for the Smithers family during your time of loss. He was a great man. I remember him from church always asking about his Grandsons.
#4 Paul Jacques & Family on 2013-09-24 10:54
My sincere condolences to the family of Curtis Kennedy. Joe DeFranco NORTH CAROLINA
#5 Joe DeFranco on 2013-09-24 13:00
Uncle Paul and the Kennedy Family,My condolences on the loss of such a dear man.Sissy
#6 Sissy on 2013-09-24 14:08
Mary Jane, Anita, and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Curt was a good man and always so sweet to his great grand-daughter in our interactions with him. We all will miss him terribly and he touched the hearts of so many people, that his memory will continue on long after. Love Katie and Olivia
#7 Katie on 2013-09-24 15:52
Anita, and family- I am so sorry to hear of Curt's passing. He was a wonderful man and a cornerstone of the community. Those that crossed paths with him were truly blessed, a great man! Mike Deschamps
#8 Mike Deschamps on 2013-09-24 17:09
Aunt Anita and Family, I was so saddened to hear of my dear Uncle Curt"s passing. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I will miss his smile and that twinkle in his eyes . He is at home now with the rest of his loved ones. God Bless you all. Your niece, Paula
#9 Paula Kubo on 2013-09-24 21:31
to the family my deepest sympathy and condolences. I can only say that a great neighbor ,community leader ,husband and father will for every be missed . Never forgotten. To my extended family in my home town. My love and respect at your time of loss. Tom
Sincere condolences to all of you on your loss. Mr. Kennedy was a fine man and will be missed. I am sorry I was unable to make it to the services but I will keep al of you in my thoughts and prayers.
#11 David Valois on 2013-09-27 08:15
Mrs. Kennedy: It has been so many years since I was one of your students and I still remember it today. Mr. Kennedy was a good man and someone I remember admiring in childhood, may his memory always bring a blessing and may he rest in peace. May you be comforted by those close to you and know that you and Kurt touched many people who will keep you in their thoughts and prayers.
#12 George Kelley on 2013-09-27 14:08
Mr. Kennedy always had a kind word to say, was so thoughtful and had a huge heart. He was a wonderful asset to our community and our church. He will be greatly missed by so many. He leaves behind a legacy to all the younger generations. To get out and volunteer your time for a good cause. Hard work never hurt anyone, it builds character. To the Kennedy family, we are so sorry for your loss. (Jacob & Melissa Carroll Durham, Camille & Abby Marshall.)
#13 Melissa Carroll-Durham on 2013-09-28 12:14
Our sincere condolences to each of you. When I think of Curt I remember him as a remarkable leader and example of Christian behavior in our Notre Dame community. Phillip and Paula Jacques
#14 Paula Jacques on 2013-09-29 11:48
Sorry to hear about your dad MaryJane.I know that you took good care of him and spent alot of time with him. I will keep you and your family in my prayers
#15 Lorraine Carney on 2013-10-02 09:32