OBITUARY

Rev. Robert T. Kennedy

May 20, 1929March 28, 2019
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Rev. Robert T. Kennedy was born in 1929 in Boston, MA to Thomas J. Kenedy and his wife, Mary McCarthy Kennedy. After completing his primary education, Bob attended and graduated from Iona Prep (1946), the College of the Holy Cross (1950), and Harvard Law School (1953). Bob then worked as the Law Clerk for Judge Charles Fahy on the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Bob was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1959 in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He was then sent to study Canon Law at the Lateran University in Rome. It was there that he completed his course work and received his J.U.D. degree. Upon his return to New York, Bob served in three parishes, chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Assistant Chancellor of the Archdiocese and professor at New York’s St. Joseph Seminary. Beyond New York, Bob has served as a consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a member of the Papal Commission for the Development of Administrative Law in the Church, and as the O'Brien-O'Connor Scholar in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America for over 30 years. Bob was elected president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1970, and six years later, received the Canon Law Society's highest award. A few years later, he followed Joseph Cardinal Bernardin as the recipient of the rarely-given "Prestigious Award" of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. His growing scholarly reputation led to visiting professorships at Princeton University, Maryknoll School of Theology and New York University School of Law. Retired from Catholic University, Bob served as chaplain at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland for six years, 2007 to 2013. Bob continued his priesty work beyond his second retirement. There were weddings, funerals, and many, many consultations initiated by those charged with the Governance of the Church. His guidance was sought by and thankfully received by many, both religious and laity. Bob’s earthly journey ended on March 28, 2019. Surely God welcomed him home with the words: “well done, good and faithful servant.” He is at rest now and living in eternal happiness and peace. Bob was the beloved brother of the late Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr.; dear uncle of Richard J. Kennedy, and the late Barbara Kennedy Shortell; great uncle of Christopher Kennedy Shortell, Catherine Kennedy Shortell Nuzzo, and Meghan Elizabeth Kennedy Shortell-Fratantonio; beloved cousin of Ellen and G. Ann Kiel; also survived by other nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family will receive friends in the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc. 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial celebrated at the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, 13717 Cuba Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030 on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:00 am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Theresa of Avila Church, West Roxbury on Friday April 12, at 11:00am. Interment Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed in Rev. Kennedy’s memory to the College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester, Massachusetts 01610 and/or Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Rev. Robert T. Kennedy

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Patricia Hogan

April 7, 2019

Julianne Dowd

April 4, 2019

Fr. Bob - Thankyou for all that you are to
me and my family. I will treasure our time together. You married Matt and I and baptized our sons and adored our daughter. You reminded us to treat them like the prince’s /princesses that they are. We loved all the home masses and you allowing the kids to be at your side. We love you and will miss you! Until we meet again. ❤️❤️

Eleanor Dowd

April 4, 2019

Frank and Eleanor Dowd.

Fr Bob, you will be deeply missed by all who knew you, family, friends, fellow priests, lawyers, professors and other colleagues. As the first child of the McCarthy Sisters:( Mary, Josephine, Esther and Eleanor) you were born to lead this family through wonderful times and difficult times. Whether celebrating a toddler's first steps, a little leaguer's home run, a college graduation; orchestrating our weddings, baptisms or consoling us through the loss of a loved one, you made each of us feel so very special. Whatever the event we all had your unending attention and love. All of our lives have been enriched by your love, wisdom and most wonderful humor. We love you and will miss you every day!

PATRICIA L'HEUREUX

April 4, 2019

MY DEAREST COUSIN .. OH HOW DO I PUT IN WORDS THE MANY MEMORIES AND LOVE THAT WE SHARED. FROM THE EARLY DAYS WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WHEN HE WAS BLAMED FOR KNOCKING OVER THE CHRISTMAS TREE RIGHT IT WAS ME .. TO THE DAY HE MARRIED ME .. HE MUST HAVE GIVEN MY HUSBAND ABOUT TWENTY CHANCES TO GET OUT OF IT .. OR WHEN I WAS AT HIS HOUSE ON THE CAPE, HE WAS PLAYING THE PIANO WHEN SUDDENLY HE STARTED RECITING ... SAIL ON SILVER GIRL ....... OH BOB I STILL HAVE MOST OF THE CARDS YOU SENT .. I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH.

Carolyn & Jim Cullen

April 4, 2019

Fr Bob will be sadly missed by our entire family and many of our friends who had the privilege of meeting him. He was at our beck and call for countless Marriage and Sacrament ceremonies. His phone messages and voicemails were “ endless” and humorous, we would leave them on our voicemail as long as we could to laugh each time we repeated them . He had away of making everyone feel important to him from the last baby born in our family (Jolene) to the “oldest” Matriach (Patsy) whom he teased continuously! His presence will be missed intensely but his Priestly example will always be remembered with admiration and love.

Anthony Gagliardi

April 3, 2019

My brother Jerry and I served his first Mass at St. Augustine’s. We were so proud of that.

Janet Williamson

April 2, 2019


Favorite memories Father Bob...many Easter masses at his mother’s apt in Delray Beach, Fla. Another favorite memory was a mass for my mom’s bday (I think) at Katy and George’s. Father Bob was saying mass. Zach (my dog) was tied to a tree outside barking nonstop. Father Bob without missing a beat said, “At least someone wants to be in here.” I know This One and That One will be there greeting you with open arms . 🙏

FROM THE FAMILY
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Uncle Bob & Ryan, August 2014

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Uncle Bob at his niece Barbara Shortell's house for the annual Christmas Eve Mass

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Uncle Bob & Ryan, August 2014

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Uncle Bob at his niece Barbara Shortell's house for the annual Christmas Eve Mass

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Meghan Shortell's Baptism, 1989

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Family picture during April, 2017 visit to Baltimore

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Ryan serving Mass with his great-great-Uncle, Christmas 2014

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Uncle Bob and his great-nieces, Catherine and Meghan Shortell, at Meghan's First Communion in April 1996

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Uncle Bob at Meghan's First Communion, 1996

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Uncle Bob with his great-great nephew, Ryan John Shortell, and Tracy Shortell

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Uncle Bob with his great-great nephew Ryan

Biography

Rev. Robert T. Kennedy was born in 1929 in Boston, MA to Thomas J. Kenedy and his wife, Mary McCarthy Kennedy.
After completing his primary education, Bob attended and graduated from Iona Prep (1946), the College of the Holy Cross (1950), and Harvard Law School (1953). Bob then worked as the Law Clerk for Judge Charles Fahy on the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
Bob was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1959 in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He was then sent to study Canon Law at the Lateran University in Rome. It was there that he completed his course work and received his J.U.D. degree.
Upon his return to New York, Bob served in three parishes, chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Assistant Chancellor of the Archdiocese and professor at New York’s St. Joseph Seminary.
Beyond New York, Bob has served as a consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a member of the Papal Commission for the Development of Administrative Law in the Church, and as the O'Brien-O'Connor Scholar in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America for over 30 years.
Bob was elected president of the Canon Law Society of America in 1970, and six years later, received the Canon Law Society's highest award. A few years later, he followed Joseph Cardinal Bernardin as the recipient of the rarely-given "Prestigious Award" of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
His growing scholarly reputation led to visiting professorships at Princeton University, Maryknoll School of Theology and New York University School of Law. Retired from Catholic University, Bob served as chaplain at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland for six years, 2007 to 2013.
Bob continued his priesty work beyond his second retirement. There were weddings, funerals, and many, many consultations initiated by those charged with the Governance of the Church. His guidance was sought by and thankfully received by many, both religious and laity.
Bob’s earthly journey ended on March 28, 2019. Surely God welcomed him home with the words: “well done, good and faithful servant.” He is at rest now and living in eternal happiness and peace.
Bob was the beloved brother of the late Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr.; dear uncle of Richard J. Kennedy, and the late Barbara Kennedy Shortell; great uncle of Christopher Kennedy Shortell, Catherine Kennedy Shortell Nuzzo, and Meghan Elizabeth Kennedy Shortell-Fratantonio; beloved cousin of Ellen and G. Ann Kiel; also survived by other nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family will receive friends in the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc. 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial celebrated at the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, 13717 Cuba Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030 on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:00 am.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Theresa of Avila Church, West Roxbury on Friday April 12, at 11:00am. Interment Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed in Rev. Kennedy’s memory to the College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester, Massachusetts 01610 and/or Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303.