Patrick J Kennedy
August 22, 1925 – December 4, 2013
Patrick John Kennedy was born on August 22,1925 to William and Elizabeth Kennedy and was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. He passed away on December 4, 2013 in Gresham, Oregon. Patrick was born in Havre, Montana. He moved to Great Falls, Montana at seven years old and attended St. Thomas School. Patrick moved to Oregon when he was 17 years old and graduated from Carlton High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in the South Pacific during World War ll until he was honorably discharged. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Patrick and Marcella Bergeron were married in June of 1948 and had three daughters. Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College and his master’s degree from the University of Portland. He taught a number of years in the Portland Public School district. After Patrick left teaching he worked selling educational material to school districts throughout Oregon.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. He is survived by daughters Kathleen Haslebacher of Silverton, Oregon, Rosemary (Paul) Westby, and Teresa (Glenn) Miller both of Portland, Oregon. Grandchildren, Nathan (Teresa) Miller, Melissa Miller, Arianne (David) Cakarnis, Sabrina (Shane) Sawyer, Lindsay (James) Caron, and Joseph Haslebacher. Also, great-grandchildren Quinn and Briggs.
For the last few years of his life Patrick was lovingly cared for in Pleasant Home adult foster care by honorary family member and caregiver, Mimi Infante. His healthcare was compassionately coordinated by Providence Elderplace in Gresham. Patrick was a wonderful, considerate, and loving father and will be greatly missed by his family.
- Visitation Thursday, December 12, 2013
- Rosary Thursday, December 12, 2013
- Funeral Service Thursday, December 12, 2013
Patrick J Kennedy
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December 11, 2013
Uncle Pat generated my interest in genealogy many years ago when he asked me to transcribe a taped interview he had with a lady named Josephine Murphy. That was my introduction to the Murphy-Kennedy family connection in Missouri. He encouraged me to attend a family reunion in Chillicothe where I met many new [to me] relatives (even some who were living in Portland, Oregon!), and I learned new information about my Kennedy ancestors from cousins I didn't even know I had. Thanks, Uncle Pat, for introducing me to such an interesting hobby and to so many nice people. I think of you whenever I am researching Kennedy ancestors. I hope you have found peace.
December 10, 2013
I will greatly miss visiting Granddad at his caretaker Mimi's home during my visits to Portland. His kind and humble smile always made me feel at peace.
December 10, 2013
I, too, remember Uncle Pat with his camera in tow at the Kennedy family functions. One particular photo has stuck with me - the entire clan in our front yard in Milwaukie - everyone very young. Nice to be able to look back at his old photos and dust off the memories.
I also remember his interest in his Irish ancestry. A Irish toast to you Uncle Pat:
"As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, as we remember them."
December 9, 2013
I remember Uncle Pat being the official
photographer of all the events with his siblings and we, the cousins. I would not have those memories of the events without his photos.
December 8, 2013
He had that great Kennedy smile, twinkly blue eyes and a crooked smile