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Mack Memorial Home

1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ

OBITUARY

Donald John Kennedy

November 13, 1946October 29, 2019
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Donald was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. Donald was a proud Marine. He joined the United States Marine Corp. and served 13 months in Vietnam. He always anticipated Memorial Day services to honor fallen brothers and Veteran’s Day to speak to students at school about the meaning of serving his country each of these days and the sacrifices veterans made. In May of 2016 the Mayor and Town Council honored Don as the Outstanding Veteran of the Year from the town of Secaucus. He was also honored as one of the Grand Marshalls during the Memorial Day parade in 2015. Don would always have a smile on his face, when he was wearing either a baseball cap, tee-shirt or jacket with the Marine Corp. emblem on it. Donald retired from the Secaucus Police Department as a sergeant in 1995. He was a life member of the Secaucus PBA Local 84, American Legion Post 118, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3776, Vietnam Veterans of America Bergen County Post 800 and the Disabled Veterans of New Jersey. He was also a devoted Met fan. After retirement, he enjoyed cooking, traveling, his friends, and loved to spend time in the country. Don was blessed to have a loving family, and supportive friends. He was predeceased by his parents Martha and William Kennedy. Survived by his beloved wife of 48 years Barbara, nee Baumann, and their two sons, Stephen of San Jose, CA and Brian, wife Melissa, of Marlboro NJ and his adorable granddaughter Paige. Donald also leaves behind his brother William C., wife Marie Kennedy, of Rockaway, NJ, and his childhood friend Russel Potts of Lake Worth, FL. He was also blessed to have many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Mack Memorial Home, 1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, November 1st. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 2nd at the funeral home. Burial will take place immediately after the service at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Secaucus VFW Post 3776, 1400 Paterson Plank Rd. Secaucus, NJ 07094 or Vietnam Veterans of America Bergen County Chapter 800, 100 Main St. Little Ferry, NJ.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

Donald John Kennedy

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Matthew Juby

October 31, 2019

I have many great memories that were made with Uncle Don! From hunting ground hogs and working on the Farm to his stories of Policing and more! He will be missed! My condolences to Aunt Barb, Stephen & Brian.

Scott Olsen

October 31, 2019

I will always have fond memories of Mr. Kennedy. From PBA picnics, to fishing trips, to marching band and Tall Timbers...he was an all around good guy. May he be at peace from his labors. Warmest regards to Mrs. Kennedy, Stephen and Brian.

Lauren Kennedy

October 31, 2019

Dear Barbara and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Donald's passing. We have shared many happy family memories together. I will never forget how kind and supportive you were during Jack' s illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. God bless!
My warmest regards,
Lauren Kennedy

Rick Caruso

October 31, 2019

Donald was a great neighbor and was always willing to help those in need on the block. I remember him shoveling the sidewalks for people who could not. He was always smiling and I can't remember him ever saying some negative about anyone. He loved that Mustang and I always remember him driving it in the Parade.
Thank you for protecting our country during your time in the service.You will always be remembered.
The sun on Third Street will be less bright now that you are gone.
Rest in Peace!!!!!!

Mike Juby

October 30, 2019

I remember the time that Uncle Don brought his "piccolo" up to the farm in Canada to help with the groundhog problem. The population certainly dipped drastically when he played that piccolo! We also launched a lot of rockets that summer that were a lot of fun to gather out of the field too.

Russell Potts

October 30, 2019

Don was my best friend and my brother. I will miss him dearly. I'm glad I was able to spend time with him and make him laugh before I lost him. Our birthdays were one day apart and I would wait for his call to wish me a " happy old fart birthday", then return the favor the next day. I love you my brother and you will always be in my heart and prayers.

Suellen Moraitis

October 30, 2019

I am truly sorry for your loss. Donald will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace.

Mary Santorella

October 29, 2019

To my dearest and best friend Barbara, her sons Steven and Brian , family and friends:

Barbara and I have been best friends for over 50 years.
When she married Don, her sweetheart of 48 years, I knew this was a match made in heaven.

I saw the love, happiness and commitment between them grow over the years. With two fabulous sons, it was like a story book script.

Don was the most gracious host every time I came over their house. He also gave the best hugs. No one could top his Holiday cookies ...... they were the absolute best! You actually had to put in your cookie order request in advance ......or else you were out of luck!

Don was a warm, giving and kind person. I can’t imagine the world without him. He loved the military especially the Marines. Every photo I have ever seen of Don he was always at the VFW either cooking or attending an event.

He was true blue military. He gave to his country and to his family. He adored Barbara, his bride of 48 years, and there was no doubt .... she was everything to him. She was “the Queen.”

They spent every Sumner up the country in their mountain get a way.

When I visited, I was always treated warmly by Don and Barb and the love between them was always obvious.

I will always remember Don just like I described him........ the Big Teddy Bear who gave the best hugs.

He was one of a kind, a real sweet and giving person ....... a person who I will never forget

With our sincere condolences,

Much ❤️ Love,
Mary Santorella and Richard Seymour.



Donna Martin

October 29, 2019

I have memories of back when Barb and Don would visit my parent's farm, out in the country. Don would go way out to the back and help our Dad dealing with all of the beavers. And also cutting down trees, they would all come back to the farmhouse and just be all wiped out from the hard physical work!

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