Leo J. "Lee"'s Story

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Leo J. “Lee” Kennedy, 78, of Gloucester, husband of Helena M. “Penny” (Ciarametaro) Kennedy, passed away at Lahey Hospital in Burlington after a short illness. Lee was born in Gloucester on August 9, 1939, the son of the late Francis and Emily (Lee) Kennedy. He graduated from Gloucester High School with the Class of 1957. After graduation Lee joined the Army and proudly served his country. Upon returning to Gloucester he started his career with Americold, (the former Quincy Market and Cold Storage and Warehouse). Lee rose through the ranks from warehouseman to General Manager of Operations. He retired in 1995 after working for 36 years. After retiring he humbly served his beloved city by being elected to three terms on the Gloucester City Council representing Ward I. These past years Lee could be found mornings with his buddies at either Cape Ann Coffee or Charlie’s Place solving all the problems of the world. He always had a big smile, a quick wit and an opinion on everything. Lee had a big love for his family, his city and his country. He will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Penny, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage, his daughter, LeeAnn Kennedy, his son, Robert M. Kennedy and his wife, Karen-Jean (Murray), all of Gloucester; his daughter, Emily Kennedy-Wilmes and her husband, Raymond of Long Island, N.Y.; his two beloved grandchildren, Kate and Zachery Kennedy, of whom he was so proud, of Gloucester; his sister, Ruth Morrissey and her husband, Clayton of Gloucester; and a brother, Francis Kennedy and his wife, Constance of Beverly. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helena Ciarametaro; sisters-in-law, Michelle Ciarametaro, Donna Smith, Jacquline LaFlam and her husband, Ollie, Roberta Peterson; and brother-in-law, Thomas Ciarametaro and his wife, Toni; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; infant brother, Robert Kennedy; his sister, Barbara Kennedy; niece, Alison Witham; brother-in-law, Richard Peterson; and father-in-law, Michael Ciarametaro.
His service and burial are being held privately. The family cordially invites family and friends to a Celebration of Lee’s Life on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., at the Gloucester House Restaurant on Rogers Street in Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Office of Veteran’s Affairs, City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930 (please make checks to “Veteran’s Services”); or to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Attn: Philanthropy Dept., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 7, 2017
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