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KENNEDY, William D. Jr.

KENNEDY - William D. Jr. 88, of Kenmore, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Bill was born on June 5, 1929 to William and Elizabeth (Caldwell) Kennedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a proud graduate of Findlay Township High School and Duquesne University, and served in the US Army in Korea as a First Lieutenant. Bill lived and worked in Elmira, NY for many years, retiring as an industrial salesman from Gierston Tool Company, Inc. Bill is survived by his loving daughters, Susan Kennedy (Patrick Kane) of Mentor, OH, Linda Kennedy of New York, NY, Kathleen DiLaura (John); and granddaughters Jenette and Renee DiLaura, of Grand Island, NY; brother, Edwin Kennedy; mother of his children, Diane; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Honey and Wilson Campbell, Betty and Dean Anderson; and sister-in-law, Marie Kennedy. Bill was a devoted father and grandfather. He loved attending church, spending time with his family and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. His optimistic outlook was never-ending. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Special thanks to long-time family friend, Bob Rucker, and Fresenius Kidney Care of Tonawanda, for their support during the last few years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 11am at Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Buffalo. Those wishing may direct donations to the Kidney Foundation of WNY, 110 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203.

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