John Kennedy Sr.

Obituary of John Kennedy Sr.

KENNEDY - John, Sr.
“Spider”

Age 77, of Buffalo, NY
passed away surrounded
by loved ones on
January 10, 2020,
after a difficult battle
with pancreatic cancer.
Jack was born on
September 13, 1942, to John and Mary
(Sally) Kennedy in Buffalo, NY. He
graduated from South Park High School
in 1960, and joined Chevrolet Buffalo in
1961, kickstarting his 42-year career in
auto manufacturing. He was elected to
serve as the President of UAW Local
424 for over 17 years, the longest
President in the history of the Local.
During his tenure, he helped guide the
Local through numerous labor
agreements with General Motors (GM)
and later through the transition to
American Axle Manufacturing, when
the company was spun off by GM in
1993. He was also proud to have
served on the board of the Buffalo
Sewer Authority for over 20 years. In
1961, Jack married his beloved wife,
Kathleen (Kate) (Lacongo) Kennedy.
They went on to have three children,
Jack (Michele) Kennedy, Jr., Cynthia
(Michael) Seaman and Thomas (Kerry)
Kennedy. He was predeceased by his
mother, Mary and his father, John. He
is survived by his wife and children, his
three siblings, Karen (Kenneth) Snyder,
Robert (Joyce) Kennedy and James
(Karen) Kennedy, his grandchildren,
Danielle (Michael) Rizzo, Meghan Kennedy,
Carolyn Kennedy and Quinn Kennedy
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was a devoted family man,
determined to provide for his family and
give them the life he felt they deserved.
Anyone who knew Jack, knew that he
was the most loving father, grandfather
(“Pa”) and spouse a family could ask
for. He will be remembered for his
kindness, strength and his quick wit and
as a loyal and supportive friend (he also
made a helluva martini). No prior
visitation. Friends are invited to attend a
Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday,
January 16, at 9:30, at St. Mark’s
Church, 401 Woodward Ave., Buffalo,
NY 14214 (please assemble at the
church). Arrangements by LOMBARDO
FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns
Chapel). Flowers gratefully declined.
Memorials may be made to ECMC
Foundation (Jonah Center) at https://
www.ecmc.edu/the-ecmc-foundation/
ways-to-give/. Online condolences may be
offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com