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Thomas Kennedy, 88, Fairfield Resident

Thomas Kennedy
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Thomas Kennedy, of Fairfield, husband of the late Anne (Cremona) Kennedy, died Tuesday, April 19 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He was 88.

He was born in Uddingston, Scotland, the youngest of seven children to the late Neil and Sarah Kennedy. Known as “TK,” he immigrated to Fairfield in 1954, and was married to Anne for 53 years.

He and his wife were proud to be founding members of St. Pius X Parish. He was president of the Holy Name Society for several years. He was a Roman Catholic and always found great comfort in his faith, especially during his last illness.

He was employed as a purchasing agent for Casco, Yankee Metal and Allen Products. He was proud to be an American citizen. He loved his homeland of Scotland, but his first choice was being an American. His claim to fame while in Scotland was being a bodyguard for Sir. Winston Churchill during World War II. The British prime minister visited Scotland and Kennedy was one of four boys elected to meet Churchill's entourage and escort them down the center aisle of a movie house in Glasgow, where Churchill was to deliver a speech.

Kennedy is survived by his two daughters, Angela Toner and her husband, Andy, of Fairfield, and Sarah Kassay and her husband, Frank, of Evergreen, Colo.; four grandchildren, Brian and Ellen Kassay, and Jim and Paul Toner; and several nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom and America, especially Jim Dalton, and Les and Mary Ann Poinelli.

A special mention goes to the Kennedy first cousins, who predeceased him.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Pius X Church, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Pius X Building Fund, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, CT 06824 or to St. John Fisher Seminary, 894 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT 06905.

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