Curtis Frances Kennedy, 94, of Ogdensburg


Funeral services for Curtis Frances Kennedy, age 94, of Ogdensburg, will be held on Thursday, September  26, 2013 at 10:00AM at Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating.

Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery following funeral services.

Calling hours will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Frary Funeral Home, 515 Caroline Street.

Mr. Kennedy passed away at his private residence surrounded by his loving family on Monday morning, September 23, 2013.

Curtis is survived by Anita, his loving wife of 72 years; two sons, Paul and his wife, Joan of Heuvelton and John and his companion, Peggy Neilson, of Hammond; four daughters, Carol K. Johnson of Port Richey, Florida, Kathryn Bateman and her husband, Steven of Lisbon, Mary Jane Lesperance and her husband, Michael and Patricia Smithers and her husband, Stephen, all of Ogdensburg; a daughter in law, Patricia Kennedy; 24 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Curtis was predeceased by his son, James Michael; four brothers, Carl, Robert, Richard and Daniel; two sisters, Marion Kennedy (Carville) and Dorothy Kennedy (Sullivan); a son in law, Nelson Johnson; a daughter-in-law, Diana Kennedy, and two grandsons, Karl Johnson and Michael Kennedy.

Curtis was born on September 18, 1919 in Ogdensburg, the son of Daniel M. and Mary E. McDonald Kennedy. Curtis graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. He married Anita Rumble on June 21, 1941 in Ogdensburg at Notre Dame Church with Father P. Leon Legault officiating.

Mr. Kennedy was employed as a repair technician by Bell Telephone for 38 years, retiring in 1981 and then went on to work independently installing and repairing phones. He also was President of the Telephone Pioneers of America and received the Pioneer of the Year Award. Curtis organized and started the life line throughout the St. Lawrence County area.

Mr. Kennedy was on the Ogdensburg city council for eighteen years and was deputy mayor of Ogdensburg for eight years.

He served at the Notre Dame Parish as a 1st Eucharistic Minister and Lector where he also started and ran Bazaar and Bingo. He was in the Sacred Heart Society and affiliated with the Gospel Business Men Organization. Curtis was also a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Lifetime Member, as well as a lifetime member of the Elks Club.

He was a Boy Scout leader for 25 years as well as an organizer of the local chapter of International Toastmasters. Curtis had also been a director of Massaouapi Cabins in Hammond, New York.

Curtis enjoyed family gatherings and camping. He was also passionate about doing things for others; his philosophy was “There’s always something one can do.”

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.

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