Peter J. Kennedy

WEST HARTFORD — Peter J. Kennedy, 58, loving husband of Kate Cantwell Kennedy, passed away peacefully Monday evening, May 30, 2011, with family and friends around him.

Peter was born March 13, 1953, in Hartford to Marion (Hoar) and Philip J. Kennedy. He grew up in Hartford and West Hartford and graduated from Northwest Catholic High School.

Pete’s penchant for hard work and his skill with chain saws earned him the respect of many in the logging and tree work industry. He practiced tree work throughout his life while also serving 21 years with the Avon Police Department, receiving several awards for his meritorious police work. He earned the abiding love, respect and appreciation of many through a life devoted to serving others. He will be fondly remembered for his storytelling prowess, his dry and biting wit and strong handshake.

He is survived by his mother, Marion; four brothers and their wives, James and Jodi Miller Kennedy, John and Debbie Odell Kennedy, Patrick and Melissa Pagani Kennedy, and Thomas and Christie Wilson Kennedy; 12 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held June 6 at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford. The Molloy Funeral Home, West Hartford, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Foothills Visiting Nurse and Home Care, Inc., 32 Union St., Winsted, CT 06098.