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Doane Beal & Ames

160 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA

OBITUARY

Capt. Thomas F. Kenney

November 1, 1953June 5, 2019
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HYANNIS – Capt. Thomas F. Kenney, formerly of West Roxbury, passed away peacefully at his home on June 5, 2019, months after his retirement from the Hyannis Fire Department at the age of 65. He was surrounded by love, laughter, and comforting moments with family and friends every day since his devastating diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Tommy was the loving husband of Kathleen M. (Kilday) for 40 LONG years. He was the devoted father of Meaghann Kenney, Lauren Lynn and her husband John, and the proud “Cap” to his granddaughter Flynn. Tom was the beloved brother of Charles, Michael, Patrick, John and Timothy. He is also survived by many extended family members, loyal friends, and the brotherhood of fire departments throughout the country.

Tom’s career in emergency, fire, and training services spanned over 45 years, with an emphasis on technical rescue. A 1972 graduate of Roslindale High School, his distinguished legacy began as a volunteer member of the Boston Ambulance Squad and as an EMT/Paramedic with Boston EMS. Tom graduated from BCH’s first paramedic class (Medic 106) and later moved to Hyannis to become the first paramedic for HYFD. His service culminated with his retirement as the training captain with the fire department on October 19, 2018, a job he loved going to every day.

Tom demonstrated his technical rescue knowledge and expert teaching ability by traveling the country leading specialized courses at FDIC, the New Hampshire Fire Academy, Barnstable Fire Academy, and as partner/instructor of Heavy Rescue, Inc.

During his career, Tom proudly served as a rescue team manager for MA-TF1, with multiple deployment assignments, including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 1999 Worcester Cold Storage tragedy, and numerous natural disasters. Most notably, he was one of the first responders to Ground Zero the morning of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Tom served his community and country proudly. While he leaves an incredible legacy to his profession, Tom was and will always be in the hearts of his family who have been honored to have shared him as the bravest, strongest man they know. He was dedicated to whatever he did and will be remembered by his unique sense of humor, his trademark mustache, and the simple ways he enjoyed life.

Visiting hours will be 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10th at Doane, Beal & Ames, 160 West Main Street, Hyannis. A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main Street, Centerville. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12th at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, 990 Lagrange Street, West Roxbury.

The Kenney family wishes to thank all members of the Hyannis Fire Department for their immense support and the outpouring of love they showed to TK. To recognize the HYFD, the family requests that donations be made to the Hyannis Firefighters Relief Association (www.hyannisfire.org).

  • FAMILY

  • Kathleen Kenney, Wife
  • Meaghann Kenney, Daughter
  • Lauren (and husband John) Lynn, Daughter
  • Flynn (Tom was her "Cap") ~, Granddaughter
  • Charles Kenney, Brother
  • Michael Kenney, Brother
  • Patrick Kenney, Brother
  • John Kenney, Brother
  • Timothy Kenney, Brother
  • Captain Kenney is also survived by many extended family members, loyal friends and the Brotherhood of the Fire Departments throughout the Country.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Memories

Capt. Thomas F. Kenney

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Robert Pickering

June 13, 2019

Since i got the news of Tom's illness there have been hundreds of memories that have gone through my mind of the 16 years we spent working together.

I was excited the day he was assigned to my shift because i knew he would be a great and knowledgeable guy to work with.

We shared days and nights in those 16 years in so many circumstances and my life as well as our department was definitely better for having Tom Kenney on our team,

I will cherish those memories forever and can say from the bottom of my heart that "you were a good Jake" Rest in peace my brother.

R.Keith Pickering
Lieut. HYFD Retired

Richard Howard

June 11, 2019

Rest in peace, Cap. I remember the old days with you, Dave Chisholm, Jack Grant, and so many others who are now departed. I know you will stand as an example of excellence within the Cape Cod community of Firefighters and beyond. To the family, please accept my deepest condolences.

Dick Howard
B.P.D. Ret.

John Noyes

June 11, 2019

Sad news. Tom and I were friends since the early 1970s, back in his days at Boston City Hospital, where we both worked as EMTs. We remained friends as he advanced through the ranks, and I joined the Boston Police Department. Although our careers took different paths, we caught up again as friends, thanks to the internet, a few years ago, and had remained friends until I learned of his untimely passing.

Tom was a great man and a good friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was an exceptionally caring person. May he Rest In Peace.

Sincerely,
John Noyes

Captain Tom Kenney

June 10, 2019

Feel Not Sorrow

Feel not sorrow on my behalf
As I slip into the past
For my greatest accomplishment
Is a legacy that will last

I’ve dedicated the bulk of my life
To the service of my neighbor
But I’ve been rewarded time and again
For the fruits of my labor

Long ago I decided to become
A member of the “brothers”
Not fully knowing at that time
They were unlike all others

Firefighters share a brotherhood
Only we can understand
Helping keep death and loss at bay
Though woefully undermanned

I’ve seen many of my peers step up
Above and beyond the call
Risk their lives for perfect strangers
Their backs against the wall

Even after their acts of heroism
Are acknowledged with medals
Still what remains their bravest act
Has lifted them to this level

For merely signing up to do this job
Takes a special breed
It’s the willingness to risk so much
That’s their most heroic deed

It’s their bravery and dedication
That sets them apart
This is what makes them true heroes
Whether called upon or not

So when I leave this job ‘I’ll’ know
I’ve done the best I can
I won’t need anyone else to know
For they couldn’t understand

No one can do this work too long
It takes too much a toll
It’s very much a young man’s job
It slowly steals your soul

To toil longer in this vocation
Merely tempts your fate
For body and spirit is broken down -
Has taken all it can take

So to walk away with no regrets
Is a gift unto itself
I can place my firefighting in the past
Place my tools upon the shelf

I’ll always look back on these days
With fondness and affection
I even may long to ‘do it again’
But I must choose a new direction

The same can be said when I die
Feel not sorrow for me
For I’ve lived a life as full as possible
Being all that I can be

When Saint Peter greets me at the gates
I’m sure he’ll let me in
For as a fireman I’ve proven myself
Time and time again

RIP, Capt Kenney!!

Captain Tom Kenney

June 10, 2019

I knew TK only peripherally. Met him at a FD conference about 20 years ago. We joked at that time that we were both Lt. Tom Kenney, one Providence Fire Dept and one Hyannis Fire Dept. Some back and forths on Facebook over the years but we never met again. I tried to get to the Cape last year for his retirement party but couldn't make that happen.

Anyway, I think I understood him well enough (he did 36 years in the fire service and I did 35, we both loved the job, both the same rank, both retired recently and both diagnosed with cancer due to our time on the job) to believe that he would agree with the sentiments of this piece I wrote years ago.

These words ring true for many of us old time firefighters!

kathleen west

June 9, 2019

So sorry for your loss rest in peace my friend sorry we didn't get tospend some time after your retirement will always cherish all the laughs we had together many good memories

TIMOTHY HOLLAND

June 9, 2019

Dear EMS Family:
It is with my deepest sadness that I express my sympathies to the entire Kenney family.

I am certainly grateful that I had the privilege to know and work with Tommy during a time when Boston EMS was going through significant change operationally and clinically. I have fond memories as a classmate with Tommy in the first paramedic program at Boston EMS, joining him in receiving Massachusetts and National Paramedic certification in May of 1979, and working in the service with him as we accomplished numerous other clinical initiatives in prehospital emergency care. I will always treasure our memories and lessons exchanged.
Tim Holland, Superintendent, Retired.
Boston EMS

Bud&Natalie Dupuis

June 9, 2019

Dear Kathy and Girls,
We were so saddened to hear of Toms passing.
Bud especially will remember his sense of humor and unconditional support. Many times Bud would stop in the station when he would see his signature red truck parked in the lot.
Toms wisdom and his continued caring of his fellow man, made him the very special person we loved to be around.
We are sincerely sorry for your loss. Memories that fill our minds and heart will always keep Tom close by.

Neal Braverman

June 8, 2019

To ALL in the Kenney Family as well ALL those Friends Tom made wherever he was,, Please accept my sincerest condolences. Tom was a long ago Partner at times at Boston EMS and over the years we saw each other at many other and varied types of events. My Hopes are that you may ALL treasure the memories Tom left each and every one of us with!! May they let the healing begin as I know that is what TK would want.

Most Sincerely, Neal Braverman

EMS LT Peter "Doc" Wight (retired)

June 8, 2019

“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter the position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling.”
Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910

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