OBITUARY

Edward F. Kennelly

May 25, 1935March 18, 2018
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Edward “Ed” Francis Kennelly, 82, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 18, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Married for nearly 60 years, Ed considered Mary Ann (Vidic)—his “bride,” as he fondly referred to her—his greatest joy. He will be forever remembered as the patriarch of a large and lively family and a man of contagious energy, sense of humor, and wit.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ann (Vidic) and five children: Cindy (Gregg) Russo of Naugatuck, CT; Linda (Bill) Thompson of Wakefield, RI; Karen (Rich) Fournier of Southborough, MA; John (Amy) Kennelly of Cheshire, CT; and Kim (Steve) Swanat of Oxford, CT. One of his greatest legacies is his 15 grandchildren, who cherished him: Melissa (Daniel) Acosta, Mikael (Cristina) Russo, Daniel (Sean) Russo, Morgan Mary Russo, Jenny Thompson, Kelleigh Thompson, Scott (Emily) Thompson, Ryan (Zoila) Fournier, Aly Fournier, Danielle Fournier, Paige Fournier, Owen Kennelly, Aliza Kennelly, Matthew Swanat, and Rebecca Swanat. He is also survived by his beautiful great-grandchildren, Savannah & Kylie Russo and Clare & Will Thompson, in addition to the Acosta family twins expected this summer.

Born on May 25, 1935, in Waterbury, Ed was the son of the late Maurice and Bridget (Shugrue) Kennelly. He is survived by his brothers Rev. Daniel V. Kennelly and Joseph (Judy) Kennelly, his sister Nancy Habelka, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John Kennelly, and his two sisters, Irene Sullivan and Mary Conlon.

He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Danbury State Teachers College (Western Connecticut State University), and then received a Masters Degree from the University of Bridgeport. For over 38 years, Ed dedicated his life to educating the next generation as a math teacher in Bridgeport. His lasting impact on students came not only from the mathematics he taught, but also the value of hard work he instilled. This is a value he passed on to his family, always leading by example.

A true sports aficionado, Ed was a dedicated Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan. He could often be found supporting local hockey and baseball teams, relaxing at home with a ballgame on, or rattling off sports trivia to friends, family, and strangers alike.

A special thank you to his neighbors, Chris and Susan Shea for all the kindness and friendship they showed to Ed over the years. His smiling Irish eyes and profound presence will be missed dearly by all who had the opportunity to bear witness to his big personality and warm heart.

A visitation for Edward will be held Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike , Monroe, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will occur Friday, March 23, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude Church , 707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. Burial will occur Friday, March 23, 2018, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 1056 Daniels Farm Road, Monroe, CT.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Ed's memory be sent to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 275 Union Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06607. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.spadaccinofuneralhome.com for the Kennelly family.

  • FAMILY

  • Ed is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ann (Vidic) and five children: Cindy (Gregg) Russo of Naugatuck, CT; Linda (Bill) Thompson of Wakefield, RI; Karen (Rich) Fournier of Southborough, MA; John (Amy) Kennelly of Cheshire, CT; and Kim (Steve) Swanat of Oxford, CT. One of his greatest legacies is his 15 grandchildren, who cherished him: Melissa (Daniel) Acosta, Mikael (Cristina) Russo, Daniel (Sean) Russo, Morgan Mary Russo, Jenny Thompson, Kelleigh Thompson, Scott (Emily) Thompson, Ryan (Zoila) Fournier, Aly Fournier, Danielle Fournier, Paige Fournier, Owen Kennelly, Aliza Kennelly, Matthew Swanat, and Rebecca Swanat. He is also survived by his beautiful great-grandchildren, Savannah & Kylie Russo and Clare & Will Thompson, in addition to the Acosta family twins expected this summer.

    He is also survived by his brothers Rev. Daniel V. Kennelly and Joseph (Judy) Kennelly, his sister Nancy Habelka, and many loving nieces and nephews.

    He was predeceased by his brother, John Kennelly, and his two sisters, Irene Sullivan and Mary Conlon.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Burial Friday, March 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Edward F. Kennelly

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James HARGETT

October 4, 2018

Mr. Kennelly was my eighth-grade teacher at Prospect School, Bridgeport, CT, during the 1959-60 academic year. His influence on my life has been tremendous. Because of Mr. Kennelly, I pursued a college prep curriculum in high school, which helped to get me into college and later into graduate school. I eventually earned a doctoral degree in Chinese language and literature (long story!) from Indiana University and today I am a college professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. In the preface to a forthcoming book of mine I single out those mentors who, throughout my life, have inspired and guided me the most. Mr. Kennelly is among them and is mentioned by name in the preface.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Kennelly. Know that your student Jim Hargett has never forgotten you and the tremendous difference you made in his life.

Gaylord and Andrea Paddock

April 28, 2018

Our fondest memory of Eddie is watching him constantly mow his lawn. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed the exercise mowing gave him. He also enjoyed chatting with the postman, the neighbors, and kids on the street.
Andy's favorite memory was watching him paint one side of his house every year. At the time, it was red and the outside consisted of shake shingles. He always said that painting one side a year was a heck of a lot easier than doing the whole thing at once! Eventually, he and MaryAnn had the house sided so he didn't have to paint anymore.
Our all-time favorite memory is going to the Kennelly's for Holiday cheer every year and, when Buster was small, their coming to our house. They were always there for Buster as his godparents. We truly miss him. When we look across the street now, we can sense he's no longer there, and it makes me, Andy, cry. They were not just neighbors and friends but both are family. We will always love the both of you.

Diane (Dee ) DiStefano

March 21, 2018

Our sincere sympathies and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Kennelly. He was more than a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. To us, he will always be Mr. Kennelly, our 8th grade teacher from fifty years ago. He was our favorite teacher, and my inspiration to become a teacher in Bridgeport for 36 years.
Mr. Kennelly taught us so much more than mathematics. Although, he was the best math teacher I ever had! Every day we entered his classroom in anticipation of what would he do or say that day. We hung on his every word. No matter the subject, he somehow managed to sneak in a life lesson or two. Mr. Kennelly inspired and engaged us like no other teacher could ever do. He could be stern, kind, sarcastic and funny all at the same time. We loved his style of teaching. We had so much respect for him.
Many years later, my husband and I ended up living in the same town as Mr. & Mrs. Kennelly. We would see him around town from time to time. We would always reminisce about our 8th grade class; who was doing what now, and how much he enjoyed teaching us that year.
We will miss him dearly. Our memories of him and the life lessons he shared with us will forever live on in our hearts and minds.

With Love & Admiration,
Kenny and Diane (Dee) DiStefano

Kimberly Tenn Ford

March 21, 2018

Mr. Kennelly was my 7th and 8th grade math teacher at Sheridan and John Winthrop school in Bridgeport. You knew he was coming down the hall because you could hear him a mile away and he always had a pencil behind his ear. I remember when his daughter Kim was born because I always thought he named her after me. He was firm, fair and always supportive of his students. The other students always thought that Michele Macauda and I were his favorites because he let us sell pretzels for a class fund raiser. My condolences to his family who will miss him dearly. Not only did he leave a lasting legacy with his family but with all of students lives that he impacted.

Kimberly Tenn Ford

Bernadette (Bernie) Helling

March 20, 2018

This message is for Melissa and her entire family. Although I did not have the wonderful opportunity to meet Mr. Kennelly, I have had the privilege of working with Melissa. You can be very proud that you take after your grandpa. I read the fine qualities of a man that he was. He must have been a very amazing husband, father, grandfather, and teacher. May his legacy live on.

My deepest sympathies and prayers are extended to you, Melissa and your family.

Bernie from Arizona

Bob Phillips

March 20, 2018

Ed and I were classmates at Sacred Heart High during the years 1949-53.
I remember him as being a delightful, popular, quick-witted, fun loving young man. May God Bless Ed and his Family.

Bob Phillips
Wethersfield, CT

Robin Palen

March 20, 2018

Extending our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time.

The Palen's

carolyn durgy

March 20, 2018

Mary Ann and family Too many memories to share at this time. Prayers and thoughts are with you on your new journey.
Carolyn

Gregg Russo

March 20, 2018

Thanks for all you did for me. You were not my father-in-law but rather my father. I will do my best to make sure the Rangers don't fire Vigneault.

R.I.P Colonel. Your Gods army now. You will be missed.

Tony Occhineri

March 19, 2018

I first met Ed in 1994 at the New Haven Ravens games , so began 24 year friendship . He became friends with all of the guys for Ballgames and Hockey games , even going on road trips . A dear friend we will all miss him and cherish the time we spent together