Joseph Daniel Kennedy
Joseph Daniel Kennedy
Visitation Information
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Visitation Time
2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm
Visitation Location
C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish, NS
Service Information
Service Date
Friday, October 2, 2020
Service Location
Private family funeral - St. Andrews Church
Burial Information
Burial Location
Public Committal Service in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery following 11:00 Mass
Requested Charity
St. Francis de Sales Cemetery
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Kennedy, Joseph Daniel, age 83, of St. Andrews, Antigonish County and formerly of Giant’s Lake, Guysborough County, passed away suddenly on September 26, 2020.

Born in Ogden, he was the eldest son of the late Hazel (Richardson) and Jack Kennedy.

Like so many of his generation, Dad was a hard worker and tough to the end. As a cancer survivor, he perservered with a trust in God and his family. Dad had a great love of the outdoors and started working very early in the lumber camps. A plumber by trade, Dad worked at Silver and Hannifen for some time, but the farm and woods were calling to him.  He and his loving wife Annabelle settled in Giant’s Lake (where she was born and grew up) and raised their large family on the small farm that will be forever referred to as "home".  Horses and Christmas Trees were the second loves of Dad’s life.  He was a long-standing member of the North Eastern Christmas Tree Association, St. Francis de Sales Church, the Oak and Owl Club, and the Eastern Nova Scotia Draft Horse Association.  He was also a former member of Local 244 of the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Welders.  Along with his outdoor activities, Dad enjoyed playing 45’s and a good fiddle tune.  In the past three years, Dad settled in with his friends and neighbors at SASHA, who made it feel like home…and we will be forever in their debt.

He is survived by his children John (Judy) Kennedy, Bible Hill; Deb (Herman) van de Ven, Lower Sackville; Mary Kennedy, Antigonish; Linda (Billy) Kelly, Fort Saskatchewan, AB; Joe (Tasha) Kennedy, Stewiacke; and Charlene Kennedy-Chisholm, Springfield.  Loving Grandad to Candace, Becky, Tyler, Carter, Maurice, William, Kyle, Sarah, Isaac, Josie and Thomas; and Great Granddad to Brayden and Connor. 

Will be greatly missed by his siblings, John (Pauline) Kennedy, Greg (Gertie) Kennedy, both of Fraser's Mills and William Kennedy, Ogden; sisters: Rose (Malcolm) Reid, Kingston, ON; Bertha Chisholm, North Ogden; Nina (Raymond) Halloran, Guysborough; Sheila MacDonald, Calgary AB; Florence (Buddy) Murphy, Lochaber and Ann Marie MacHattie, Copper Lake and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his loving wife, Annabelle (MacIsaac), brother, Bernie; sisters, Mary MacDonald, Judy Budgell and Phyllis MacDonald; brothers-in-law: Allan B. MacDonald, Fred Chisholm, and Brian MacHattie; and nephews, Dale Kennedy, Duncan MacDonald, and Trevor MacHattie.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who made Dad’s life a bit easier especially the last few years while he continued his journey without Mom by his side.  The VON Nurses and Homemakers of both Guysborough and Antigonish Counties.  Dr. Booth, his long time GP. The community of Giant’s Lake for all their unending support and love.  Special thanks to the EMS staff who assisted in Dad’s last moments with professionalism and compassion.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College Street, Antigonish.  Social distancing protocols must be followed, and masks are mandatory.  A private family funeral Mass will be held Friday at 11:00am in St. Andrew’s Church, St. Andrews, Reverend Andrew Gillies presiding.  A link to a recording of the funeral will be made available on the funeral home website.  Public burial in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Giant’s Lake, and social distancing protocols will apply.

In Memoriam, donations to St. Francis de Sales Cemetery Fund appreciated. Online condolences:

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" Psalm 73:26

Joseph Daniel Kennedy