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 Robert Lester Kennedy

Robert Lester Kennedy

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 22 Aug 1975 (aged 77)
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Burial Corbin, Knox County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 7499153 · View Source
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Robert L. "Bob" Kennedy was a first generation American, whose grandfather was from Dublin, Ireland, and his father immigrated from Nova Scotia, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1896. His mother died when he was very young and he was raised by his father, Robert Kennedy, a woodworker, and his grandmother.

Lying about his age, he joined the United States Navy. During World War I, he served as a fireman aboard the U.S.S. Melville, the battleship U.S.S. Virginia, and finally the destroyer U.S.S. McDougal (DD-54).

After the war, Bob Kennedy served as both a Fireman and a Policeman in Nyack, New York. During World War II, Kennedy was recalled into the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 1st Class. After serving as an instructor at Newport, R.I., he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and assigned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He retired from the Navy in 1946, disabled by a bullet lodged near his spine.

After the war, Kennedy ran his own charter fishing boat in Miami, Florida, and also raced greyhounds in Dade County, Fla. In 1950, he married Sudie "Sugar" Jane Martin and retired to Inverness, Florida. He lived in Inverness until his death at the Gainesville, FL, Veteran's Hospital on August 22, 1975.


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  • Created by: Robert Martin
  • Added: 27 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7499153
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Lester Kennedy (26 Feb 1898–22 Aug 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7499153, citing Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Robert Martin (contributor 46566274) .