Windham, Maine---------Joseph G. Kennedy, Sr., 86, of Windham, Maine, died on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at the Maine Medical Center, in Portland, Maine after a brief illness.
Mr. Kennedy was born February 29, 1916 in Weirs Beach, NH, the son of Ermon & Mary (Silva) Kennedy. He attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Quincy High School. In 1937, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Massachusetts State College where he captained the baseball and soccer teams.
Mr. Kennedy was an entomologist working for several years in the Florida Everglades, and later for the U. S. Government during World War II on malaria control. He later owned and operated several Movie and Drive-In Theaters in Maine and New Hampshire including the Key Theater in Laconia, NH and the Windham Drive-In Theater in Windham, ME, until his retirement in 1982. He was also a Deputy Sheriff in Cumberland County for many years. He enjoyed golf, hockey and baseball. He played in the Portland Men's Hockey League into his early sixties. He was also actively involved in many community and charitable activities.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph G. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Peggy, of Lancaster, MA and Thomas M. Kennedy of Swanzey, NH, a daughter, Kathleen R. Kennedy, of Lancaster, MA; 7 grandchildren and a great-grand daughter. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Graves.
There will be no calling hours.
The Funeral service will be private, at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be in the family lot at Bayside Cemetery, Laconia, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Special Olympics Massachusetts, Attn: Donations, 450 Maple Street, Building 1, Danvers, MA 01923.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.