In memory of
Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy
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In memory of
Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy
Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy, 96, formerly of West Hartford and Rockville, CT, died October 15, 2019 in South Hadley, MA with his son Paul and daughter Jane by his side. He was born February 20, 1923 in Persan, Seine et Oise, France, son of the late Clifton Granville Kennedy and Maire Louise Caillerez Kennedy. He grew up in Haverhill, MA and graduated from Haverhill High School in 1940. Pierre married Marilyn Blethen in 1949, and they had four children: Eric, Alan, Paul, and Jane. He retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT In 1986 as a Senior Design Draftsman in Jet Engine Design. He moved from Rockville to West Hartford in 1970 when he married Rosemary Rossi. During World War II, he was sergeant and tail gunner on B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with the 15th Army Air Force, 465th Bomb Group, 781st Bomb Squadron based at Pantanella, Italy. On October 13, 1944 he was shot down on a mission to bomb the Blechhammer Oil Refineries in eastern Germany. Two weeks later, his parents in Haverhill, MA received a Missing in Action telegram from the War Department. Sgt Kennedy parachuted, and was captured upon landing. German police took his two dog tags which contained his identification. This later led to his being threatened with execution for having no identification, and being a possible spy or saboteur. Later on, he was given back one dog tag and two crudely stamped German metal pieces with his POW number 4113. He was sent to Stalag Luft 4, a prison camp for some 9,000 captured Allied airmen, located at Gross Tychow, Pomerania, now Poland. That German prison camp was evacuated February 6, 1945 when Russian armies advanced into Eastern Germany. Sgt. Kennedy took part in the 86 day forced march to the West, endured by the captured airmen from Luft 4. In later years, when giving a talk to a school group, he would summarize this experience by saying "We were always cold and always hungry. We had to leave men sitting in the snow, exhausted, with German guards threatening to shoot them if they did not re-join our column. It was very difficult to survive. I don't know what happened to those men." Sgt. Kennedy was liberated from German control on May 2, 1945 by the tanks of British General Miles Dempsey's 2nd Army, 94th Armored Division near Hamburg. He was very proud of his military service. Pierre was Adjutant for the Connecticut Chapter, American Ex-Prisoners of War. He attended Northeastern University and M.I.T. and was a member of Merrimack Lodge, A&FM, Haverhill, MA. He enjoyed writing and published a book about his family's genealogy. He was a contributor to the editorial section of the Hartford Courant. He leaves his four children: Eric Kennedy of Boston, MA, Alan Kennedy and his wife, Laurie of Blue Bell, PA, Paul Kennedy of Chicopee, MA, Jane Kennedy-Tenzar of Chicopee, MA; and grandsons, Michael and Justin Kennedy. He Also leaves three Step-children and Step-grandchildren. Mr. Kennedy leaves a nephew and 2 nieces. He was predeceased by his wife Rosemary and former wife Marilyn Newton, and his brother, Donald Earle Kennedy. The Kennedy family appreciates the care given to Pierre during his time at Vero (Wingate) at South Hadley, MA. Members of the staff were exceptional. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7 PM at the chapel of the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 6 pm to 7 pm. Burial with military honors, will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 11 am, at Elmwood Cemetery, 96 Salem St., Bradford, MA. Memorial donations may be made to: American Ex-Prisoners of War National Headquarters, 3201 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com .
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In memory of
Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy
Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy, 96, formerly of West Hartford and Rockville, CT, died October 15, 2019 in South Hadley, MA with his son Paul and daughter Jane by his side. He was born February 20, 1923 in Persan, Seine et Oise, France, son of the late Clifton Granville Kennedy and Maire Louise Caillerez Kennedy. He grew up in Haverhill, MA and graduated from Haverhill High School in 1940. Pierre married Marilyn Blethen in 1949, and they had four children: Eric, Alan, Paul, and Jane. He retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT In 1986 as a Senior Design Draftsman in Jet Engine Design. He moved from Rockville to West Hartford in 1970 when he married Rosemary Rossi. During World War II, he was sergeant and tail gunner on B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with the 15th Army Air Force, 465th Bomb Group, 781st Bomb Squadron based at Pantanella, Italy. On October 13, 1944 he was shot down on a mission to bomb the Blechhammer Oil Refineries in eastern Germany. Two weeks later, his parents in Haverhill, MA received a Missing in Action telegram from the War Department. Sgt Kennedy parachuted, and was captured upon landing. German police took his two dog tags which contained his identification. This later led to his being threatened with execution for having no identification, and being a possible spy or saboteur. Later on, he was given back one dog tag and two crudely stamped German metal pieces with his POW number 4113. He was sent to Stalag Luft 4, a prison camp for some 9,000 captured Allied airmen, located at Gross Tychow, Pomerania, now Poland. That German prison camp was evacuated February 6, 1945 when Russian armies advanced into Eastern Germany. Sgt. Kennedy took part in the 86 day forced march to the West, endured by the captured airmen from Luft 4. In later years, when giving a talk to a school group, he would summarize this experience by saying "We were always cold and always hungry. We had to leave men sitting in the snow, exhausted, with German guards threatening to shoot them if they did not re-join our column. It was very difficult to survive. I don't know what happened to those men." Sgt. Kennedy was liberated from German control on May 2, 1945 by the tanks of British General Miles Dempsey's 2nd Army, 94th Armored Division near Hamburg. He was very proud of his military service. Pierre was Adjutant for the Connecticut Chapter, American Ex-Prisoners of War. He attended Northeastern University and M.I.T. and was a member of Merrimack Lodge, A&FM, Haverhill, MA. He enjoyed writing and published a book about his family's genealogy. He was a contributor to the editorial section of the Hartford Courant. He leaves his four children: Eric Kennedy of Boston, MA, Alan Kennedy and his wife, Laurie of Blue Bell, PA, Paul Kennedy of Chicopee, MA, Jane Kennedy-Tenzar of Chicopee, MA; and grandsons, Michael and Justin Kennedy. He Also leaves three Step-children and Step-grandchildren. Mr. Kennedy leaves a nephew and 2 nieces. He was predeceased by his wife Rosemary and former wife Marilyn Newton, and his brother, Donald Earle Kennedy. The Kennedy family appreciates the care given to Pierre during his time at Vero (Wingate) at South Hadley, MA. Members of the staff were exceptional. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7 PM at the chapel of the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 6 pm to 7 pm. Burial with military honors, will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 11 am, at Elmwood Cemetery, 96 Salem St., Bradford, MA. Memorial donations may be made to: American Ex-Prisoners of War National Headquarters, 3201 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com .
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The Farewell Too Soon™ Bouquet is a blushingly beautiful way to convey your deepest sympathies for their loss. Pink and lavender roses are offset by pink Asiatic lilies, solidago and lush greens, perfectly arranged in a clear glass vase, to offer warmth and comfort to those facing the loss of their loved one.
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