In researching our Kennedy line in Carbondale, PA, this obituary was found. We’re certain this Henry Kennedy is not part of our family, however, the obit might be of interest to other Kennedy family researchers:
“The Carbondale Leader, Carbondale, PA, Monday Afternoon, April 27, 1908
Henry Kennedy Passed Away
An Esteemed and Prominent Citizen Succumbed at His Home Saturday Night
Henry Kennedy, for many years an honored resident of this city, died at the family residence on South Main street Saturday night. Although his death was seemingly to be expected for a few days before it occurred, yet his friends were shocked when the end came.
Mr. Kennedy was of strong virile constitution. Lately, however, he suffered with that dread of our coal miners, asthma, which forever hangs over the anthracite worker like a shadow and which has carried many an otherwise strong and hopeful toiler to a premature grave.
Mr. Kennedy was connected with the mines of Carbondale until a few years ago when he began to enjoy the leisure that came to him from a careful and industrious life. Of quiet, domestic tastes he made his home his castle and was happiest in the family circle with those whom he loved.
As aptly illustrating how quickly the shadow follows sunshine, the writer recalls Mr. Kennedy on the Wednesday of last week at the marriage reception of his son, when he looked like one who might enjoy for many years the quiet life he was then leading. He took pleasure in recounting early days in the city and referred pathetically and vivdly to those now gone, and who were associated with him in the early days of mining in Carbondale. He feeling turned back to the many disasters of the mines for more than a half century, giving datea and circumstances and displaying a memory uncommonly retentive and acute. He was a member of the original Columbit Hose company No. 5, in which he took much interest. Deceased was born in Ireland seventy-three years ago. When but twelve years of age he came to America and had since continuously resided in this city.
Perhaps the best thing to say of Mr. Kennedy, because the truest, is that he was an exemplar in rugged honesty, in principle and in those ideals which make for a higher and better citizenship.
He is survived by Mrs. Kennedy and one daughter, Miss Kathryn; five sons, John J. and Henry L. of New York city; Thomas and Martin P., of Scranton, and Patrick, of Harrisburg.
The funeral will take place Wednesday morning, leaving the residence at 9:15 o’clock. A requiem mass will be celebrated in St. Rose church and interment will be made in St. Rose cemetery.”
I have no further information about this Henry Kennedy or his family.
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