Patricia Ann (O’Reilly) Kennedy passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15th in her home in Meriden, CT, surrounded by family, including many of her 22 adoring grandchildren, after a battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Thomas M. Kennedy, MD. Patricia was born in Brockton, MA on Oct. 10, 1932, to the late Helen and Thomas O’Reilly. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1956 with a BA in English. She is preceded in death by her son, Thomas, Jr. In addition to raising 8 children, Patricia taught CCD, middle school, and ESL for many years in the Meriden parochial & public school systems and was an active member of the Meriden community for over 60 years, especially through choral singing and adult learning (CCALC).
Besides her husband, Thomas, Patricia is survived by her two brothers, Thomas G. and James O’Reilly; her sister, Mary McManus; her three sons, Brian and his wife Sara, Michael and his wife Grazyna and Daniel and his wife Kellie; her five daughters, Maura and her husband Kevin Staudinger, Teresa and her husband Michael Gagnon, Peggy and her husband Mark Benjamin, Katherine and her husband Mark Curtin and Gail Kennedy, the widow of Thomas Jr. Patricia is also survived by many nieces and nephews, 22 grandchildren, and a number of loving relatives and close friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, Dec. 21st at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St, Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Friends and relatives may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden, on Thursday, Dec. 20th from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either St. Rose of Lima Church or to Swim Across the Sound, St. Vincent’s Foundation at Attn: SWIM, St. Vincent’s Foundation, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606 or online @ https://give.stvincents.org/DonateNow.
To Mr. Kennedy and the entire family - In sharing my condolences I also remember so many fond memories of Pat. She was a force as a teacher, mom and devoted volunteer. I always loved her charming smile, laugh and her quick wit, whether it was in the stands at a Mercy hoops game or during a hot summer day hanging out. Her positive spirit brought out the best in everyone she met. God bless her spirit and God bless you all.
Susan Patton - Monday January 14, 2019 via Condolence Message
My heart goes out to the entire Kennedy family. Though I never had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Ann Kennedy, I see her light shining bright in her son, Michael, who I taught with for a number of years. He spoke very fondly of his mother, and through his stories, I learned about Patricia's character and spirit, and how she raised such a big-hearted, wonderful family. My condolences to the entire family, as we take time to mourn and celebrate the life and departing of such a great soul.
James A Groff Jr - Saturday December 22, 2018 via Condolence Message
Very sorry to hear about your mom. She was a lovely lady. I always remember how nice she was to everyone. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers! - Lynn Gagliardi Hughes
Alleyne Hughes - Thursday December 20, 2018 via Condolence Message