APPLETON — Edward Ray Kennedy passed away at the VA Hospital Aug. 1 at 12:42 p.m. with his wife by his side, at the age of 72.
He was born in Camden, March 18, 1949, and was the son of Robert E. Kennedy and Margaret H. (Fuller) Kennedy, of Lincolnville. Ed will be forever remembered by his loved ones and all who knew him as a strong and honorable man who loved old cars, old music, including building and racing vintage stock cars and building street rods.
Following graduation from Camden High School, he served in the Navy from February 1968 to October 1973, as a jet engine mechanic. On June 14, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Patricia A. Miller.
After leaving the Navy, they settled in Appleton, where they adopted two boys in 1973, Stephen E Kennedy (previously deceased) and Scott A Kennedy. During this time, Edward worked at Bath Iron Works as an electrical engineer for 35 years, before retiring. Edward was a member of the American Legion Post 30 in Camden, as well as Am Vets Post 150, in Liberty. In 1991 they welcomed a daughter, Samantha E. Kennedy, and in 1993 another daughter, Sarah H. Kennedy.
Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia A Kennedy; his mother, Margaret H Kennedy; his two brothers, Dana E. Kennedy and his wife, Karen, Bradley A. Kennedy and his wife, Thelma; son, Scott A. Kennedy, two daughters, Samantha E. Kennedy, Sarah H. Bear and her husband, Nathan; his five grandchildren, Nathanyl Kennedy, Caleb A. Crouse, Cayden Alan-Edward Kennedy-Jacobs, Jayce E. Kennedy- Jacobs and AnneBeth H-L Kennedy-Jacobs; as well as countless other family members and friends.
Ed will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St. in Camden, Monday, Aug. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Pinegrove Cemetery in Appleton. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.