Michael Mike L. Kennedy

July 9, 1944January 22, 2013

Michael Lynn Kennedy Freeport - Michael Lynn Kennedy, 68, a longtime resident of Pleasant Hill Road, Freeport, ME passed away January 22, 2013 after a brave battle with cancer. Born in Old Town on July 9, 1944, a son of Ernest Daniel and Effie May (Drake) Kennedy, he grew up in Greenbush, ME. He graduated in 1961 from Lee Academy High School in Lee, ME where he met and married his beautiful soul mate, Cynthia Jane Ringrose. Michael was skilled at carpentry which was his first job. After 35 years of working as dispatcher & trip supervisor for Greyhound Bus Co. and later, MaineLine Tours, he changed careers to take over a wholesale clamming business until his retirement in 2009. A lifelong hunter and fisherman, he especially enjoyed his trips to Northern Maine near St. Pamphile, Quebec where he and a group of friends known as the "Red Camp Association" have a renovated logging camp as base for their outdoors adventures and special comradery that has been on-going since the early 1980s. Returning from camp, Michael enjoyed telling stories to his family of the game and scenery he had experienced in his beloved vacationland. It was after returning from his latest trip this past fall that he learned of his health challenges and took on this new battle with dignity, strength and the will power of a true huntsman. He continued the fight with humor and love and leaves his family with some very fond memories. Michael is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Cynthia (Ringrose) Kennedy of Freeport; his children all of Freeport: Melanie Connor and her spouse Ann Marie; Patty Kennedy and her partner Mike Hill; Cheryl Kennedy and her partner Melodie Bowden; Jennifer Turner and her spouse Matt; eleven grandchildren: Michael Bailey and his spouse Allison; Deanna and Kenneth Connor; Thomas, Steven and Matthew Schultheis; Megan Chaney; Shane and Sierra Ryan; Traci Turner; one great-grandson, Colby Ryan; one brother Barry Kennedy and his spouse Star; one sister, Lorraine Laliberte and her spouse Adrian; two brothers-in-laws: Gordon Ringrose and his spouse Jane; Larry Ringrose and his spouse Donna; several nieces and nephews, and many special friends. Family and friends are invited to First Parish Congregational Church located at 40 Main Street in Freeport for a celebration of Michael's life on Saturday February 2 at 1PM. Reception will take place in the Parish Hall after the service. Please visit to view a video collage of Michael's life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family. Contributions in his memory may be sent to: The Red Camp Association, c/o Jay Jordan, 55 Cemetery Road, Buxton, ME 04093.



  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 2, 2013


  • Reception immediately following

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Melanie Connor

February 6, 2013

The Ice Cream is Good – a poem to remember the gifts of Dad and help us with healing on our loss of him.
By Melanie 01-27-2013

Dad, you are the provider, the protector;
Always working hard to keep the family safe,
And in humble service, you use your gifts to help others.
Don't think I didn't notice the life lessons you taught me about working hard,
Not wasting resources, being responsible, preparing for the future and sharing
with others.
Thinking back to a time –
Looking out my window, I saw you sand my driveway.
Didn't know you were coming –
But not surprised.
Same thing when you came with wood and stacked it;
Or strung Christmas lights when your grandson wanted some;
Or blew leaves into a pile for jumping, then blowing them for jumping in
Late night, across two towns, you come with medicine for the teething
Later you come with clams, zucchini, tomatoes and strawberries.
You come again to build a TV stand, fix the door, the furnace, the
plumbing –
Remove a tree, start a generator –
Moving out or moving in another one with a need.
See our growing diverse family,
With its monthly birthday gatherings?
Your openness and love helped to create this.
Make a wish and blow the candles out –
But not while they're still on the cake (silly!)
Oh well…. Dad will have just the ice cream today!
Fast forward to when I last saw you –
Sitting up straight in your bed
Eating ice cream and barely catching your breath.
Worried, I say, “Are you sure you should have that right now?”
“It's always a good time for ice cream”
You say and finish it with a smile.
“OK, Dad, you are right”
And we laugh and say goodnight –
Not knowing it was for the last time on this earth.
I close my eyes and dream I see you now again,
Smiling and at peace in the Great North Woods.
Free from the distractions of the man-made kind.
Just the whisper of wind through the leaves,
The smell of dirt, moss on trees.
Within view of a curious deer,
Bubbling stream, flowing river.
A flirting splash from a nearby fish,
But pole cast aside for an endless dish –
To be shared now with Jesus.
It's another good time for ice cream!
Rest well, Dad, the provider, the protector.
I love you.
Your gifts were appreciated.
Your work here is done.

Laurence Ringrose

February 2, 2013

To a brother-in law that I could always count on being there, when I need help or just someone to talk too. My love and thoughts go out to you and my twin sister on our lost. I know we will meet again. Love you, Larry.


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Skip Mulligan-Thompson

January 30, 2013

I was a graduate of Lee Academy Class of '61. My condolences to his family and close friends. RIP Mike.

Sharon Liberty

January 30, 2013

Cindy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss,Art and Mike were such great friends. They have left us so many memories of their times at Greyhound and the Red Camp. May we both take comfort in the
memories we have of our beloved Husbands.
Sharon and family of Art Liberty Jr.

Gearld O'clair

January 29, 2013

Wish our condolences to Michael's family,From our family,We are sorry for your lost. From~ Bob O'clair (Barry Kennedy's brother in~law) ( Etta's brother) Its Been years but i remember Michael fondly. :)

Regina Chandler and Family

January 29, 2013

Cindy, Melanie, Patty, Cheryl and Jennifer;
I am so sorry for you loss our deepest sympathy. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your loving memories of your family help heal the pain.

Peggy Donahue

January 28, 2013

Dear Patty and Matthew,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathies for you and your family.

Russ, Peggy, Mark and Scott Donahue

Melodie Bowden

January 27, 2013

Thank you Mike for you, the love and family you created. I have been so honored to be part of your family. I will miss you at the end of the table playing cards and smoking your pipe as I walk through the door. I will miss our talks about gardens, mechanics, sawing wood, and yes...the Patriots. You will be forever in my heart. To Melanie, Patty, Cheryl and Jen...Dad would be so very proud to know Mom has been and will be in the very best hands and will not have to go through this journey alone. Love to you all.