1954 - 2021
Obituary of Christopher Kennedy
With immeasurable sadness and broken hearts, the family of Christopher George Kennedy, announce his passing at the age of 66 years. Wife of 21 years, Jacquelyn (Prince), grieves the loss of the love of her life, and best friend.
Chris was born in Windsor, the oldest of 8 children born to Kathleen (Anderson) and James Kennedy. He always spoke fondly of being raised in Remington Park, playing baseball, hockey and running through the fields in the area that is now Devonshire Mall. He attended Kennedy Collegiate Institute, where his grades came easy and football was a highlight. An early job at a nursery cultivated a love for gardening that lasted his entire lifetime.
In 1977, Christopher became a Police Officer with the Chatham Police Service, moving through the ranks of Patrol, Detective, and retiring 30 years later as a Staff Sergeant. He displayed and modelled thoroughness, integrity and expected the same in others. Chris was well known for his OCD quirkiness, neatness and order that extended of course into his private life. His mental retention was renown - from quoting sections of the criminal code, to clearing through every Latin response on Jeopardy.
Chris’ love for his two children, Craig (Heather) and Caryn (Dan Benson), knew no bounds. He cherished every moment he could spend with them. Once grandchildren Ava and Rhys arrived, he stepped into his role as grandfather with great pride. They were his heart.
In retirement, Chris found a passion in genealogy, and nothing gave him more satisfaction than to research his own, as well as other family trees. A recent move to Leamington to be closer to his family, fortuitously dropped us into a neighbourhood that became our second family. Their visits, shared yard work and daily happy hours brought laughter and joy to his life.
Chris will now be an angel for siblings Jimmy (Tami), John (Liz), Lisa (Dave Durocher), Mary (Robbie Gibb) and Robert (Martine). He has been reunited with his sister Janet (Peter) and brother Paul (Carol) and mother Kathleen. Chris was loved as a son and brother-in-law to Bev Shreve and Betty Baker, Mickey and Monica Dudley, Cyndi and Scott Stoughton and Jennifer and Chris Tyerman. Always remember Chris’ pride in his Scottish heritage and honour him with a toast of scotch (single malt of course) Slàinte Mhath!
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) Friday, November 12, 2021 from 2-5 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions, visitation is limited to a specific number of visitors. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in. Please book an appointment at www.reidfuneralhome.ca. Everyone must wear a mask. There will be a private burial for immediate family the following day. In lieu of flowers, please honour the phenomenal front-line nurses who took care of Chris by donating to the Windsor Regional Hospital, Critical Teaching Unit (CTU), Ouellette Campus.