William Haller Kennedy

October 5, 1940August 30, 2017
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William Haller Kennedy, Bradenton, FL (formerly East Greenbush, NY) passed away after a brief battle with cancer on August 30, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. “Uncle Bill” was born on October 5, 1940 to Mary Haller Kennedy and John Robert Kennedy in Bluefield, WV. He was raised in Matoka, WV, and Columbus, OH. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly (Harseim) and their children, Kristina Babcock (the late John Babcock), Sarasota, FL and William Kennedy II (Meredith), Las Vegas, NV, and two beautiful granddaughters, Jessica and Belle Babcock; Bill’s daughters, Karen Kennedy DeMaria (Donald) from Key West, FL, Bridget Saraceno (James) from Jackson, NJ, Desiree Kennedy from NYC, and Dr. Tracy Kennedy from Ontario, Canada; grandchildren Dora DeMaria, Tyler Kennedy Collins and Cole Saraceno. Bill also leaves behind his Furbabies Angelica and Samson. Bill served with honor in the United States Air Force for 8 years and was stationed in Germany. Bill was a 3rd degree Mason with the Greenbush-Schodack Union Lodge #87 which he joined in 1978. Bill is a past Master having served in 1989 and past President of the Key Club for 2 terms. Influenced by Elvis in the mid 50’s, music would become the main focus of his career after the Air Force. As the front man for the bands “Wild Bill Kennedy and the Twiliters” and A-C Apple, Bill and his music would later be inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2003. After his music career, Bill focused his talents in the broadcast communications field working for Audio Video Corp. in Albany, NY, Panasonic, Secaucus, NJ and TVI, in Latham, NY . Bill and his wife retired to FL in 2015, where he turned his attention to volunteering for The Cat Depot in Sarasota as an adoption counselor, making sure every resident cat found their “fur-ever” home. Funeral services will be held at the Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Bradenton, FL on Monday, September 4th beginning at 8 am. Calling hours are Sunday, September 3rd from 5 – 7 pm. Burial will be in the Sarasota National Cemetery. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in East Greenbush, NY, at a later date to be determined. Memorial donations may be made to The Cat Depot, 2542 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234, to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) ,Tampa Bay Chapter, 9600 Koger Blvd #103, St. Petersburg, FL 33702. Bill leaves this world with his final quote: “My life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll!”

Arrangements under the direction of Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Bradenton, FL.


  • Funeral Service Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Burial Service Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Vistation Sunday, September 3, 2017

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Bill Kennedy

September 15, 2017

I have very fond memories with Bill, most precious was having 2 Bill Kennedy's playing on the same stage. Bill, you're a class act and will be missed by many.
Greatest condolences,

Bill Kennedy

Jim Norcross

September 8, 2017

Bill, You are Music, man. You helped inspire me to become a Musician for life. I thank you(and curse a little sometimes, too) for showing me how it's done, with heart, soul and Class. Later, man.

September 8, 2017

Bill was a valued member of our rock'n'roll discussion group. His posts were always entertaining and informative, especially bearing in mind that he was actually part of the story himself. We would like to send sincere condolences to Bill's family and friends. Thanks for all the fun, Bill. Your friends at Shakin' All Over Newsgroup.

Judy Redd

September 8, 2017

Bill, so sorry you are gone. You are missed by many people.

September 7, 2017

So sorry to hear of Bill,s passing. Our prayers and best wishes are with his family.
Always enjoyed Bill's visits to the station where we would share lies and tell tales of our USAF days and the "good ole days" at the at the "Saxony" in Northern NY. He was a wonderful rep for Panasonic and helped me out many times.
May you rest in peace, Bill

Maggie and Sarge Cathrall
Halfmoon, NY

September 5, 2017

Dear Bill,
Stephen told me about your Dad. Since then you and yours have been in my
thoughts and prayers.
Mrs. Bucci(Stephen&Michael Sidoti's Mom)

Laura Caponera

September 3, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family! Eternal life for Bill! He will be your guardian angel everyday! Sending love and strenght through this difficult time!

Mark Phillips

September 2, 2017

Bill, you will be missed. If it were Panasonic problems or just shoot the breeze you were a friend. Rock on my friend, rock on, and may God Bless your sole and give comfort to your family.

September 2, 2017

My heart goes out to the family during this most difficult time, for your deep loss. May you find comfort in prayer and gain strength knowing that God "hears your prayers - Jeremiah 29:12, 13 and that he feels your deepest pain - Zechariah 2:8

Deepest sympathy

Hans Bartels

September 2, 2017

Zimei and I met Bill in 2012 visiting them while they were vacationing in Madeira Beach Florida. That's when we decided to move to the west coast of Florida in 2013. A year or so Later Bill and Beverly moved to the west coast of Florida. We visited them and they visited us in Naples. Everytime we got togeher we had a great time. Bill was a great person to have a few beers with over lunch or dinner. RIP my friend, you will be missed by May and I and by many other. Your feathered friends in your backyard will miss their ferding time with you