Marin Independent Journal

Claudia DaBroi Kennedy

- Resident of Sausalito

Born in San Diego and raised in San Leandro, as Claudia grew up, she looked around and decided this was not the place for her. She wanted to forge a different path. Craving adventure and independen­ce, as soon as she was old enough, she became a flight attendant…and loved it. Traveling and seeing unique and faraway places at a young age would set the stage for a life of learning about cultures and destinatio­ns, from the Great Wall of China to the canals of Venice.

Eventually, the domestic lifestyle called her and she settled down in what would become her home base…the Bay Area. She settled down in Foster City to raise her pride and joys, Deirdre and Cabot. While the kids were in elementary school, Claudia embarked on a new challenge by enrolling at Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in Economics. She graduated the same year as Deirdre graduated the 8th grade. Impressed with her accomplish­ment, the Foster City Progress posted a wonderful story (picture included!) about her and her ability to raise two kids and get a Stanford degree.

Armed with her degree, she then went on to have a successful career at Watkins-Johnson, where she started as a Contracts Administra­tor and rose to become an Executive. It was there that she met the love of her life and best friend, Keith Kennedy. After her career wound down, she and Keith traveled the world with life-long friends and family. Claudia and Keith loved it all…and were always together, side by side, making lasting memories.

Time passed and her next life joy was being the grandmothe­r (or Gran, as she was affectiona­tely known) to Deirdre’s kids, Erika and Beckett, and to Cabot & Rosella’s son Gabe (aka, Baby Gabe). She relished the opportunit­y of being able to spend time with them and being a mentor, a fabulous cook, and a cherished Gran.

If you’ve ever spent any time with Claudia you know she chose not to look for your flaws and limitation­s but chose to see your possibilit­ies. She loved a great night of games with the family and the in-depth conversati­ons about life, the latest Sausalito gossip, her latest book, or the delicious restaurant they recently visited. She strongly believed in giving back and helping those not as fortunate to have the wonderful life she lived and engaged in a wide range of noble causes and worthy organizati­ons including the League of Women’s Voters. Another passion she pursued was being an advocate for children that found themselves wards of the court and a was an active member of the Sausalito Women’s Club.

She is survived by her husband, Keith, brother, Larry, children, Deirdre and Cabot, daughter-in-law, Rossella, and grandchild­ren, Erika, Beckett, and Gabriel.

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