The Star Democrat

Harold Joseph Kennedy

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EASTON — Harold Joseph Kennedy Jr., age 73, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2021, while a resident of Talbot Hospice. Despite succumbing to a hard-fought battle with small cell lung cancer, his outlook always remained winwin: “Either I beat the disease or I go to Heaven.”

Born in 1948 in Pennsylvan­ia to loving parents Bertha Lillian Kennedy and Harold Joseph Kennedy Sr., he was the oldest of seven children and was affectiona­tely called Harold-Man by his adopted brother Robby.

In 1995, Harold was married to the love of his life, Sue Jones, who preceded him in death in 2008. He is survived by his brothers, George Kennedy Sr. and William Kennedy; his children, Jacki Kennedy and Elizabeth Dennis; his stepdaught­er, Shawne Davis; numerous close and distant relatives; and his rescued dog, Buster.

The last decade made for some of the best years of his life. He found God, was baptized, and made amends with an estranged child. The majority of that time was shared with his companion, Laurie Phelps, who stood by his side and acted as his caregiver from the time he was diagnosed.

Harold was proud of but rarely spoke of his time in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He loved the outdoors and would look forward to camping getaways, needing only his dog and a tent. A clear night and a campfire made for the best of days.

Being a private person and averse to crowds, Harold treated everyone as an individual. He made deep connection­s with, believed in, and found good in all humanity. He would often express some rendition of the sentiment: “Live more, worry less.”

Honoring Harold’s wishes, his memorial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Talbot Humane or St. Vincent de Paul.

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