James William Kennedy

August 24, 1948November 28, 2012

James William Kennedy was born to Joseph and Elizabeth Kennedy on August 24, 1948 in Detroit Michigan. He passed away on November 28, 2012 in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

James was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the United States Army. He later became a member of the American Legion Post 32 in Livonia and worked as an Account Manager for Alliance Shippers.

James was the beloved husband of Jane. Loving father of Jennifer (Brian) Sheehan, Jessica (Jim) Mathison and Joseph. Dear grandfather of Erin Sheehan, Daniel Sheehan, James Mathison and Juliette Mathison. Cherished brother of Robert (Arlene). Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

James' family will receive friends on Sunday December 2, 2012 from 3-9 pm with Service 6 pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd. (east of Newbugh and I-275) in Livonia.

He will be laid to rest on Monday December 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

For those who wish to make a donation in James honor the family suggests donations be made to:

the National Museum of the United States Army c/o Beth Schultz 2425 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201


  • Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Interment Monday, December 3, 2012

James William Kennedy

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Kevin Burke

December 3, 2012

To Jane & the Kennedy Family,
I too had the pleasure of playing softball with JIm in the over 50 league.
Besides being an excellent hitter and infielder , he was more importantly a great teammate & friend... This year he loaned me his favorite "White" bat and wth his encouragement I got a hit to left field. Thanks "Jungle" we will all miss you but will carry on in your memory . May God bless you & your family.

Suzanne Sumey

December 3, 2012

Jane, I am so sorry to hear Jim has passed. My mother-in-law told me just this morning. He was a great guy and will sorely be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Suzie

Roland David

December 3, 2012

Subject: Under the Radar Kennedy
Almost six years ago when my Father died in late February Jim had a severe cold and missed visitation or the funeral. Several weeks later he dropped by the house and swapped a corned beef from Eastern Market for a couple beers and expressed his condolences on our loss. May I never forget good friends are hard to find and even harder to replace.
Slainte Jim,
Roland & Cindy David

Steve Yuhasz

December 2, 2012

As friends of Patrick Belanger, Bill McDermott and I would show up each year, for many years, at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Detroit, almost as complete strangers, but Jim ALWAYS welcomed us as though we were family. I will never forget his generosity and positive attitude. We will really miss him.

Emily Kennedy

December 2, 2012

There is not enough I can say about Jim, he was funny, lively, loyal, and always had an opinion. Caseville nights, conversation and many bottles of wine will not be the same without him! But his memory will never leave us. I'm so sorry that the kids and I couldn't make it to the funeral home, sick kids this time of year is the norm around here. I hope that we see you in a couple weeks for a holiday gathering, until then my prayers and sincere thoughts and love are with you Jane, Jennifer, Jessica and Joe, Erin, Danny, Jimmy, and Juliette. Love from Brian, Emily, Braden and Addison

Tammy Sowers

December 2, 2012

I am so blessed to have been Jim's friend and coworker at Alliance. I already miss hearing him greet me with, "Tam! How the hell are ya kid?!". Just recently he was telling me about the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival and how I had to experience it as I am a huge "Parrot Head". I'll be thinking of him when I do make it to the festival! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. Rest in peace Jim.

Larry & Martha Becker

December 2, 2012

To the Kennedy Family:
We had the privilege knowing Jim through the American Legion Post 32. We would meet friends on Friday nights for a fish dinner. There were many great stories told a fun way to end the week. We looked forward to those dinners and the friends that we made. We will miss Jim for his stories, sense of humor and friendship. Rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

December 2, 2012

Jim will be greatly missed by many. We spent many hours listening to his stories and laughing at his jokes which make great memories for our family. Whenever we saw him, he always asked how the rest of our family was doing and made sure to acknowledge everyone present. Jane, we send you and your family our love and prayers. The Hall family will greatly miss "Jungle."

Denise Blohm

December 2, 2012

Among many, I'm blessed to have known Jim. His jolly spirit and welcoming personality would always result in a grin. Many great years and fish tales shared. He's already missed. Sending peace and love to Jane and family.

December 2, 2012

Dear Jane Jessica Jennifer and Joe: I am deeply saddened by your loss. I will always remember how kind Jim was to his Aunt when she lived at Marquette House. Please know we send our love and deepest sympathy. Kathy Waldo