Francis Clifford Kearney Jr.

April 12, 1926November 18, 2018

Francis Clifford Kearney, Jr., a resident of San Diego, California, since 1955, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 18, 2018, age 92.

He was survived by his wife Jeanne, with whom he shared 64 years of loving marriage; his three sons, William, Thomas and Neil; his four grandchildren: Caitlin, Kyle, Corey and Claire; and his sister, Margaret McGowan.

Frank Kearney was born April 12, 1926, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from Holy Cross College in 1946 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He rose to the rank of Commander and retired after twenty-two years of active and reserve service.

Frank Kearney spent most of his career working as a civil servant for the United States Navy in a variety of civilian personnel management positions, including Personnel Director at the 32nd Street Naval Station.

A loving husband and father and a devout Catholic, Frank Kearney was also an enthusiastic volunteer in many organizations: the Boy Scouts, the San Diego Historical Society, the Maritime Museum, Trailsetters, and the Railway Museum. After a rosary at 10:30, a funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 27th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church at 13208 Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside, California. A reception at the adjacent Holy Family Center immediately follows. A committal service for Francis will then be held between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm at Miramar National Cemetery.

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  • Committal Service Thursday, December 27, 2018

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William Kearney

December 30, 2018

Francis Clifford Kearney Jr. eulogy.....

My Father, Francis Clifford Kearney Jr., was born in 1926 and raised in the Philadelphia area. He was known to his family as Barney. He grew up during the great depression and received a Catholic education. He would be a devout Catholic his entire life.

Frank enlisted in the Navy V-12 college training program during World War II and held the rank of seaman. He was commissioned an officer upon graduation but the war was over and he was discharged. He re-enlisted during the Korean War where he commanded patrol ships on the eastern seaboard. Captaining those vessels was his proudest achievement while in the Navy. It was during this period he met my Mother, also a naval officer, and the rest is history.

Dad would later retire from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander. My Dad had a long and successful career with the Naval Civil Service but his family always came first. We all have countless wonderful memories of those many years.

Frank lived his life with the upmost integrity and honesty. His moral compass was always true. He was a loving and devoted husband to my mother for 64 years. He was the best father myself and my bothers could ever have.

My Dad pursued many interests such as railroad history and Chinese cooking. He was an eager volunteer for many organizations ranging from the Boy Scouts to the Star of India.

I miss my father dearly. I miss his advice and his dry sense of humor. I will miss his love most of all, but that, like his soul, is eternal.

Jim Lundquist

December 23, 2018

Frank was a good man. I recall volunteering with him at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. We shared good times. Saving history and sharing with our visitors is what we were doing together. RIP Frank.