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Paul Joseph Kenny

8 October, 19669 April, 2020
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It is with shattered hearts and deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Paul Joseph Kenny, 53, of Hammonds Plains, NS on April 9th at the QEII Halifax Infirmary.

Born in Halifax, NS on October 8th, 1966 and raised in Bridgewater, NS, he was the beloved son of Bertha “Bert” (McQuaid) Kenny and the late James (Jim) Kenny.

Paul will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife, Lana (Gallant) Kenny and children Dylan, Emily and Anna. He is also survived by his mom, “Bert”, brother Jimmie (Evelyn), sister, Lynn Brown (Rob), sister/ brother-in-law, Lynn and Alain Blackburn. Paul cultivated very special and lasting relationships with everyone he loved, but especially his nephews, Tim, Connor and Joe, and his nieces, Therese, Aarika and Shannon, as well as his many uncles, aunts and cousins and his family out West.

Paul was predeceased by his father, Jim, sister-in-law, Paula Gallant as well as many other loved family members.

Paul was the love of Lana’s life for almost 25 years; her best friend; her calm in any storm; her confidant; her rock; her life. Their love and respect for each other was admired by all who knew them as they truly were in harmony on every front and an absolute pleasure to be with. Paul was the most protective, affectionate and patient dad, and a dedicated teacher and exemplary role model to his wonderful children. His sense of humor, kind soul and gentle mannerism has been instilled in each of them and they will forever remember him as the “World’s Greatest Dad.”

Paul’s career in the IT sector provided him with the opportunity to work for various companies over the last twenty years. He not only took great pride in his work and contributions but, most importantly, he met many wonderful people who became lifelong friends. As many have said over the years, “Paul was just that guy … the guy you felt like you knew your whole life.”

He had a great passion and respect for music and was a fan to many of the great artists including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and John Prine. He would often pick up his guitar in the quiet of his home and strum a tune. As babies, his children had the great blessing of his music at bedtime which will forever be imprinted in their hearts. He loved animals, especially his last dog Kaylee who he taught to sing along as he strummed the guitar. He was known to feed every stray animal who dropped by for a visit and threatened to adopt every single one. If Paul could choose anywhere to go in the world, it would always be his family cottage in PEI. It was his “happy place” where he would enjoy his morning coffee on the beach at sunrise or his glass of rum at sunset trying to capture that perfect picture of the beauty he was so inspired by and appreciative of.

Paul’s life was enriched by the large circle of friends he had in his life. Whether it was sharing a glass of rum over some stories in his gazebo he was so proud of building, going on golf trips, playing a game of cards or socializing as a couple with the many friends he and Lana both shared. Every person Paul met became a friend.

Lana and family have embraced every message sent and want to acknowledge that they have a heart full of gratitude for all the love being extended.

Compassion, unconditional acceptance and love, a dry and quick sense of humor, kindness, empathy, gentleness and living each day to the fullest are the gifts Paul has left with us that we will forever treasure and always carry in our hearts.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to J. A Snow Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at a later date. To place an online condolence, please visit www. Jasnowfuneralhome.com Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

And in the words of Bob Dylan:

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me

I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me

In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you

Rest in peace Paul with the music, the sunsets and the love of your family and friends.

Services

  • A Funeral Service will be held at a later date.

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Norm Conrad

21 June 2020

I went to high school with Paul. I wish I could say say I knew him better but it wasn't meant to be. I knew him a loyal member of basketball team and in our school in those days - that was a big deal. Our school athletes really were school heroes and he among them.

By words and pictures it seems he continued to be a hero ; much surrounded by family, friends and workmates

He was a fellow Viking, I am sorry to see him go.

Condolences

Joanne (Doane) van Kessel

3 May 2020

So very sorry to hear of Paul’s sudden passing, my goodness-way to young. He was always one of the good guys in high school and I have such fond memories of him. These are crazy times being in isolation when you need to be surrounded by loved ones. Please know my heart goes out to you and your family.

Jean Marie Stewart

25 April 2020

Dearest Lana, children and Aunt Bertha -
It was a horrific shock to us to hear of Paul’s passing. My family (cousins and Aunts and Uncles) have such a deep place in my heart and Richard’s too. We will forever remember how important Paul held his family in his life. He certainly saw life as a place to live. Forever he will be remembered. ❤️

Lisa Walker

25 April 2020

Lana, Dylan, Emily and Anna,
We are heartbroken for you and have been keeping you close to our hearts. You are a beautiful family that made a point of making memories. We hope that in the days ahead, these memories help you through. Paul was a wonderful person that will be missed, but not forgotten. ❤️

Love from Lisa, Jeff, Rachel and Sydney xo

Natalie Keyes

24 April 2020

I am heartbroken for all of you. Paul had such a gentle and easy way about him and all the stories Lana would tell would bring a smile to my face. I hope all the wonderful memories you have will, in time, bring you some comfort. With all our love.
Natalie, Julia & Laura

Denise Boutilier

24 April 2020

Lana, Lynn and families,
We were heart broken to hear of Paul's passing. Fond memories hanging out at the pool when the kids were young and Dylan was just a toddler. I will always remember Paul's sense of humour.
xoxo Denise, Erika & Chantal

Kim McNeil-Smythe

24 April 2020

Lana, I know what it’s like to lose the love of your life and your best friend. The days, weeks and months to come will be difficult. Allow yourself time to grieve, to cry, to remember. What I have learned is that you will NEVER forget, you will smile again and your dear, sweet Paul will always be with you albeit in a different way - just like my Paul.

Sean & Denise Reid

23 April 2020

Lana & Family,

Denise and I are deeply saddened to learn of Paul’s passing. It’s been a long time since we’ve last been together. Whether it was evening at the Power’s or a day on the golf course during our annual trip, I always looked forward to celebrating or complaining about the Leafs, a few drinks and many laughs with Paul. For those of us that enjoy that annual golf trip, he will be a part of that forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rest easy Paul

Luc Pelletier

23 April 2020

Dear Lana & Family,
My deepest condolences to you all, a very sad event during challenging times. Met Paul several years ago while attending a semi-annual golf weekend with 12-16 friends (that has been ongoing for several years now), so I only saw Paul twice a year, but always looked forward to it. A “super” pleasant man, I had the chance to have many conversations with him. He definitely was passionate about his family, and enjoyed the odd beverage while discussing guitar playing and music. He had a great outlook on life in general and would always see the “positive” side of the story first – that tells a lot about someone. Brought my guitar along at our last event and was able to strum a few tunes with Paul, glad we got to do that. My thoughts and prayers to you Lana, and your family. Paul will be greatly missed,…so sad.

Jamie Green

22 April 2020

Paul was one of the few people I trusted. Was a person you could sit down and have a fantastic conversation with.

My heart goes out to you Lana and the family. I can imagine the devastation you feel. But know you are not alone.

Thoughts and prayers for you all.

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