West Haven- James E. Kennedy, 76, of Wilson Ave., husband of the late Ruth (Burkhart) Kennedy passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Milford Hospital. He was born June 11, 1930 a son of the late Justin and Mary (McGrail) Kennedy. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U. S. Army. James worked as a truck driver for 40 years for Local #443. He is survived by two sons and their wives, Mark and Donna Kennedy of Seymour, Ct and Craig and Donna Kennedy of West Haven and two grandsons, Ryan and Mathew Kennedy both of West Haven. He was predeceased by two grandsons, Jason James Kennedy and Mark Ryan Kennedy as well as several brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be private. The Beecher and Bennett-Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven are in charge of the arrangements. Contributions in James' memory may be made to W.H.E.A.T., 674 Washington Ave., West Haven, Ct 06516.

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  1. Dear Mark and Craig, I was very sad to hear of the passing of your dad. Although the last time I saw him was at your mom’s funeral, I have always kept him in my heart. My brothers, Bill and Joe, as well as myself have many fond memories of spending time at your home with you all when we were growing up. Of course, we were older cousins to you, and you probably don’t recall us… but both your mom and dad were very special people to us. They will always reside in our hearts and memories. All of us send our sincere condolences. Eileen (Kennedy) Paulauskas, Bill & Joe Kennedy, and our families (Jim’s older brother, Thomas, was our dad).

  2. Dear Mark and Craig, We are so sad to hear about the passing of your dad. He was such a great man and lived a great life. Your dad was always so proud of his boys and his grandchildren. As difficult as this is, know that he is in peace with your mom. Our family has always had high regards for you both. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Bonnie, Joe, Jennifer, Sherry, Marc, Jeff, Amy, Joe, Jr. and Heidi Pierpont

  3. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad, father-in-law, grandfather. He is happy now in heaven with your mom and his daughter and son. May he rest in peace. Our prayers are with you all. Janice & Lou D’Onofrio, Wilson Avenue, West Haven, CT

  4. Our deepest sympathy to the family of James Kennedy. He will be added in our prayers. My husband was a driver and knew your Dad for many years. I was office manager at Local 443 and knew your Dad. He was the tractor trailer instructor for many years and taught so many men and was very well liked. So very sorry for the loss of a great friend. Jo-Ann & Frank Savino Retired Teamster Brother & Sister.

  5. Our sincere sympathy goes out to you all — I have always thought about my brother Jim and his family. However I was never sure how deeply the rift in the Kennedy family went. Having lived in NY State for 15 years. He is now at rest along with your Mother. Ann and Ricard Rosenbeck

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