Dec. 19, 1953 – Aug. 3, 2013
John F. “Jack” Kennedy, a car salesman known for his devotion to family and his deadpan sense of humor, will be remembered at a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.
Friends and family are heartbroken that he will not be with them at the church two days later, when one of his two sons will be married.
Mr. Kennedy died Saturday after he became ill outside his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 59.
He was a highly successful car salesman at Zeigler Honda in Amherst, formerly known as Don Davis Honda, and he was active in volunteer activities at St. Christopher’s Church, Carly’s Club and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kennedy was raised in Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda, where he attended Sweet Home schools. Fellow members of the Sweet Home High School class of 1972 elected him their class vice president, largely on the strength of the comedy routines he performed at school events with his friend and classmate, Rick Johnston.
A talented artist, Mr. Kennedy also put his deadpan sense of humor to work in cards and posters he drew for friends and family members throughout his life.
He spent two years working in an automobile factory and about 20 years working at an auto-detailing company run by his family before finding his true niche selling cars.
His sales figures won him both local and national awards.
Mr. Kennedy was an avid fan of classic cars, the Buffalo Bills, Notre Dame football and “anything Irish,” according to his brother Joseph. Mr. Kennedy was married for 33 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Erin McGinty.
“One of his sons, Jimmy, will be married Saturday at St. Christopher’s,” Joseph Kennedy said. “Jack will be buried two days before that.”
In addition to his wife, his son James and his brother Joseph, Mr. Kennedy is survived by two daughters, Megan Cudzilo and Heather Paolucci; another son, Patrick; a sister, Kathleen Leonard; and two other brothers, Thomas and Michael.