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Donald F. Kennedy, Medina trustee, former mayor June 23, 1944 -- July 1, 2007

MEDINA -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Village Trustee Donald F. Kennedy, a former mayor of Medina and a civic leader here for more than 30 years, will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Mary Catholic Church, West Avenue and Eagle Street.

He died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, of injuries suffered in an auto accident on the Thruway earlier in the day. He was 63.

Born in Medina, he was a 1962 graduate of Medina High School and a 1967 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. He then joined the family business, Kennedy's, a clothing store that had been a mainstay of downtown Medina since the 1930s.

He and his brother David took over the store from their father, John, in 1978 and ran it together until 1986, when his brother retired. Mr. Kennedy and his wife then continued operations until 2000, when they closed.

He then served for more than five years as executive director of the Industrial Development Agency, developing business parks in Holley and Medina and helping attract the Washington Mutual Bank project and an ethanol plant. During the past year, he worked for Johnson Controls on a variety of municipal projects throughout the state.

Re-elected to the Village Board in April 2006, he previously served as trustee from 1978 to 1990, when he was appointed to complete the last months of an unexpired term as mayor, and again from 1996 to 2000. His father also was mayor of Medina.

Mr. Kennedy was past president of the Medina Chamber of Commerce, the Medina Business Association, the Medina Rotary Club and Lake Plains YMCA. He was the founder of Medina Development Inc.

An active board member of the Medina Memorial Hospital and the Hospital Foundation from 1992 to 1998, he was president and chairman of the Dialysis Fund Drive, which raised more than a half million dollars to create a kidney dialysis center in Medina. He also served on the board of directors for Orchard Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Kennedy enjoyed boating, fishing, gardening, traveling and reading.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Patricia Wilkins; three sons, George Wood, Jason Wood and Matthew; three daughters, Marcia Jolton, Michelle Capstick and Sarah; and two brothers, Thomas and David.

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