John Joseph Kennedy

December 29, 1941May 25, 2018
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John Joseph Kennedy, 76, of Red Bluff, CA passed away May 25, 2018. John was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 29, 1941 to William and Mary (O'Malley) Kennedy. John left South Boston in 1959 at the age of 17 to join the United States Navy. John visited many foreign ports as well as ports in the states. He met and married Patsy Due, who brought four children with her to the union, making a ready-made family for John that he absolutely loved and raised as his own. John served 32 years in the Navy, upon retirement he signed to serve Military Sealift Command where he served the next 23 of his life. John retired in 2017 and for the next year and a half he spent time enjoying his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and thier families. John is survived by his good friend Patsy DoMoe, his children Patty Robertson (Terry), Gerri Romestan (Michael Mantooth), Micke Parkin (Philip), and John Kennedy (Ruby). 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His siblings Joan Soucie (late Richard), Patricia Hayward (Robert), Michael Kennedy (Gail) and Peter Kennedy (Dolly), along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Mary (O'Malley) Kennedy and his brother William Kennedy. By request of John, there will be a private service on June 14, 2018 at 2:00pm.


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Bill Watson

July 26, 2018

Worked with John on the USS Tolovana back in 64/65. Never forget the stories he would tell of the characters that he knew from a tavern in S. Boston. Had a few run ins with the Nuns in grammar school. He was a great guy, and a lot of fun to be around. He was a good boxer and welder, for sure. Wish I had been able to contact him over the years. A good guy that many will never forget. RIP my friend.

Maria La Porte

June 6, 2018

I remember Mr Kennedy as a very proud and funny man. The few times i saw hin he always treated me like a part of the family. And cracked jokes. He always had me in stiches but was serious when he has to be. I was sorry to hear he had passed and will be remberesd. And Missed by all that knew him. Until we meet again. Rest in peace. Mr Kennedy.

Love. Ri

Maria LaPorte

June 5, 2018

I remember Mr kennedy as a kind and funny man. When i would visit Gerri he would crack jokes and have me in stiches But he also had his serious side He was a good man and will be very much missed. My sincere condolencias to family

Love Ri

Dolly Kennedy

June 4, 2018

I remember John as always smiling and laughing. You could feel the love and pride he had for Patty, Gerri, Mickey and John as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren every time he spoke of them. My deepest sympathy for all of you at this loss.

John will always hold a special place in my heart. I have many awesome memories of him and all that he accomplished during his life. I will miss him very much and will never forget him and his kindness to all.

John will be remembered always to all who knew and loved him.


Peter Kennedy

June 3, 2018

Farewell to my brother John.

A mariner of all the seas and kindred spirit to the heavens above. Fiercely loyal to all that's true. Kind and compassionate to whomever he met. As comfortable in the presence of Admirals as well as his mates. Traveling the world over he never forgot where he came from, a true son of South Boston. Above all else he was a proud Father and Grandfather whose voice resonated with love and tenderness every time he spoke of them.

With Love,

Maureen Towers

June 1, 2018

Although I did not see my uncle John often, l remember he always took the time to talk with me in depth and seemed to have a true interest in me and my life when he came to visit my grandmother. Rest in peace Uncle John ! Peace to his family and all who loved him! Maureen Soucie Towers

Patricia Boyce

June 1, 2018

Uncle John was always smiling and had a fabulous laugh! Thank you for sharing so many photos! Brings back a lot of memories! May he rest in peace!

Janice Kennedy Amato

June 1, 2018

I'll miss Uncle John's laugh and smile, both were always contagious. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

Michal Mantooth

May 31, 2018

I would just like to say how deeply sorry I am to the family of John Kennedy. He was a good man. He accepted me and treated me with the utmost respect when I was around as a kid. And being with his daughter Gerri, I was around a lot.
My family moved and his family moved. There have been many years in-between the last time I saw him and now. He accepted me being around and this time with me being an adult not only did I become one of the kids, we became friends. Friends enough for me to become one of his care givers when he was I'll.
Mr.K whom I affectionally called Pop Pop was an amazing, loving, kind man and I am so very sorry that you, we had to lose him.
He will internally always be loved and forever missed.
My condolences.

Gerri Romestan

May 31, 2018

Some of my most favorite times spent with my Dad were our Friday afternoon lunches. We would run to Burger King and he would order a hot dog and a soda. We would talk about anything and everything. Share some really old memories and have great laughs. Boy was he animated. Sometimes we had other customers laughing.
One Friday we were talking about my buddy Michal and I when we were kids in San Diego. Dad asked what my favorite memory of Mike is. I responded, sleeping naked with him. Dad almost spit out his soda. Customers at two other tables laughed out loud. Dad did too.
We could talk about anything and be brutally honest. I miss those Friday lunches.