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Paul K. Kennedy, Sr.

Quincy, Paul K. Kennedy, Sr., age 71, of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester, died unexpectedly, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Boston Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in Boston to the late Patrick J. and Mary (Tierney) Kennedy, who had immigrated from counties Sligo and Clare, Ireland. He was raised in Saint Peter’s Parish, Dorchester and was a graduate of Boston Trade High School. He had lived in Quincy for forty-five years and also enjoyed his home in Wells, Maine.

He was the owner and president of P.J. Kennedy and Sons, Inc. of Dorchester, a respected, family owned mechanical contracting firm, established in 1925.

Paul was active in all phases of the mechanical trades and shared his knowledge and experience by serving on various professional boards, including as chairman and member of the Massachusetts State Board of Plumbers and Gas Fitters for fifteen years. Recently, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association.

He was also active in various community organizations, civic affairs, and he enjoyed politics. He was a former member of the City of Quincy Conservation Commission, the Quincy Christmas Festival Committee, and had served as Quincy’s Ward 6 Democratic Party chairman. He was also a former board member at the Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton.  

Paul was devoted to his faith, his family, and his work. As a man of strong faith, he and his wife, Ann, were active parishioners and Eucharistic Ministers at the former Star of the Sea Parish in Squantum.

He was dedicated to his family and especially proud of his grandchildren, actively supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for forty-five years of Ann M. (MacDonald) Kennedy.

Devoted father of Paul K. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Audrey of Quincy, Mark P. Kennedy and his wife Laura of Weymouth, Christine K. Robles and her husband Joaquin of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Ned, Avery and Clara Kennedy, Jackson, Ryan and Ainsley Kennedy, Alex, Ann and Caroline Robles.

Dear brother of Norah Curtin of Quincy, John F. Kennedy of Pembroke, and the late James P. Kennedy of Milton.

Cousin of Theresa Voelkel of Marshfield. Paul is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Peter’s Church, 311 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester on Saturday, August 12th at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Friday 3 – 8 p.m. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to The Fund for Cardinal Spellman High School, 738 Court Street, Brockton, MA 02302-2898 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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August 14, 2017
It was my great privilege to care for Paul and his family the last days of his life. Most of us pass through this life, never appreciating the simple things that make us connect. I am so grateful to have had some small connection with this wonderful family. Thank you. God Bless you all.

~ Tina Beverley RN


August 13, 2017
Ann and the Kennedy Family,, Betty and I send our sincere condolences,Paul was the most honorable man that I had the pleasure of knowing ,he was one of our finest contractors who made so many contributions to our union and the lager plumbing industry he service will be sorely missed. We will keep Paul and the entire Kennedy family in our thoughts and Prayers Betty and Kevin Cotter God Bless. May Paul rest in peace

~ kevin L Cotter


August 11, 2017
Paul was a man that used his influence to help others and never used it for personal gain, Paul was a friend a helpful ear and a person that made a difference in this world. I will miss him very much for the help and guidance that he has given me. Rest in Peace Paul you will be missed and your kindness and dedication will never be replaced. God Bless the Kennedy Family

~ Scott Padden


August 10, 2017
I will miss you very much Paul. We became great friends when I became a Business Agent for Plumbers Union Local 12 in Year 2000 for almost 18 years. Paul would call me I was ill in the Hospital, tell me to stop answering my phone in the Emergency Room or Hospital bed. He said he got a kick out of me. God Bless you Paul and your family.

~ George B. Donahue


August 10, 2017
Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

~ Mary Thayer


August 10, 2017
Ann, I am do sorry for your loss; You and your family will certainly be in my prayers as will Paul. And I am confident that you can pray to Paul since I am confident that he is already in God's presence. He was definitely an extraordinary human being -- a man of great faith as well as great talent. I feel privileged to have known him for so many years and I treasure his friendship. He will certainly be missed.

~ Sr. Thomasine


August 10, 2017
It won't be the same without you Paul. You touched many people in a good way. If you could help someone, you would. You treated me with respect and kindness whenever I met with you. You set a good example for everyone.

~ Hugh White


August 9, 2017
Paul was a fine man and a mountain of knowledge for our industry. I want to thank him for all of the help he has given to me over the years. God bless Paul and his entire family.

~ Shane Wise


August 9, 2017
Paul did so many great and wonderful things....all these testimonials tell the story of a life well-lived. As contractors, we will miss Paul very, very much. He was a friend and advisor to so many of us. Godspeed, Paul.

~ Hugh Kelleher, Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Assn.


August 9, 2017
I wish to express my condolences as I am unable to attend Paul's service. Serving with Paul on several plumbing industry committees was an opportunity to witness his outstanding ability to work with people of conflicting ideas and goals and to listen with respect and without prejudice to their thoughts. He and I, although sometime competitors, remained friends. Paul will be missed by so many. May he Rest In Peace.

~ Paul Harrington


August 9, 2017
I came to know Paul in his role as Management Trustee of Plumbers Local 12 Trust Funds. I always appreciated his wisdom and fairness concerning all matters that came before the Trustees. His wit and sense of humor always displayed a fundamental civility and decency of which our world could use much more. He will be sorely missed. God speed

~ John T. Fussell


August 9, 2017
So sorry for your loss Prayers to all may Paul RIP

~ Joe Bertoni


August 9, 2017
As a former Plumbing Board member I enjoyed my years with Paul. A good man and a good friend. You will be sorely missed.

~ Aldo Bertoni


August 9, 2017
It was a privelege to work with Paul on the Plumbing Board. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was an outstanding leader and dedicated professional who rose to every challenge. God bless.

~ Anne Collins


August 9, 2017
Sorry to hear of Paul's Passing I meet Paul from PHCC and from attending his meetings. He will be sorely miss by both His Family and His peers. May God bless you at this time of need

~ Chris Bowman CTPHCC


August 9, 2017
Although I have only know Paul for a few short years, I have witnessed during this time, his grace, his faith, his heart and his love for his immediate family and his work family. It was an honor to have been around him. He will be sorely missed by many.

~ Joseph R. Bourgeault


August 9, 2017
Paul was an icon in our industry, he shared his knowledge to all and did a great deal to assist the growth the Master Plumbers in our region.

~ Robert Fasullo


August 9, 2017
Paul was a dedicated man. He was dedicated to his family by showing them unconditional love, strength and honesty. He was dedicated to his friends by showing them loyalty, endless support and patience. He was dedicated to his faith by showing his devotion, generosity and his sacrifice. He was dedicated to his business, the plumbing and gas fitting industry and the many other responsibilities that he gladly accepted by showing his professionalism, fairness, encouragement, knowledge and ability to find solutions to the most complex issues. He enforced the code with conviction, consistency and treated everyone equal by being a coach not a judge. He set an example that we all should follow. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Paul for the last 15 years. I will miss him.

~ Joe Peluso


August 9, 2017
Very sad news to hear of Paul's passing. In the short time I new him he was a great man and highly respected by all of us here at Local 12. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers with his family..

~ Chad Perry


August 9, 2017
Paul Sr is the true definition of a gentleman the best I have ever had the pleasure of meet,knowing and working for. My heart goes out to the Kennedy family

~ John Ross


August 9, 2017
On behalf of the South Shore Plumbing and Gas Inspectors Assocation we are deeply sorry for your loss He was a great man and did wonders for the Plumbing Industry He will be greatly missed Gary A Young Pres.

~ Gary A Young


August 8, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family. God bless.

~ Gary Grillo


August 8, 2017
On behalf of the membership of the Bay Colony Master Plumbers Association I would like to express our sincere condolences for your loss. Paul was instrumental in moving our industry into the 21st century! He will missed!

~ George Greenwood, president


August 8, 2017
He did great things for the Plumbing Community he will be greatly missed. PHCC of Massachusetts President

~ Brian MacDonald


August 8, 2017
On behalf of Paul's Kennedy first cousins in Ireland, Kathleen McIntyre Henry (daughter of Paul's Aunt Annie Kennedy McIntyre), Padraic Boran and myself (son and daughter of Paul's Aunt Josie Kennedy Boran), I would like to send our sincere sympathies to all of Paul's family.It is so difficult to lose someone you love so suddenly and one must start a different life to the one you had before. We will be with you in spirit and hope to attend Mass at the time of the celebration of Paul's funeral Mass on Saturday. Marie Boran

~ Marie Boran


August 8, 2017
A wonderful man with a great family. I'm proud to say he was a great friend and mentor.

~ Wayne Thomas


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