John B. Kennedy, Jr. age 84, of Danvers, formerly of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021 at Brightview Senior Living in Danvers.
John was born in Boston on November 10, 1936, he was the son of the late John B. Kennedy Sr. and Helen (Donahue) Kennedy.
John was a graduate of Sharon High School, Class of 1954. He was the owner of Northrup Associates real estate firm in Lynnfield from 1980 until 2000 and helped many families in town find their perfect home. In 1985, he was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to chair the MA board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers. John was recognized throughout the state for his high ethics and integrity that he brought to the profession. He was active in the Lynnfield Rotary and was named a Paul Harris fellow in recognition of his substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. He was very active in volunteer work such as lector at St. Maria Goretti parish, Lynnfield, MA, serving on Democratic Town Committee and President of Rotary Club. In 1982 he initiated the Rotary Club "Citizen of the Year" award. He served as the Greater Salem Board of Realtors vice president from 1984 through 1985. Over the years he has been an avid Red Sox baseball fan and an active member of the BoSox club.
He was the beloved husband of the late Rita T. (Ouellette) Kennedy. John was the father of Lisa Kennedy Crooke and her husband William R. Crooke of Cupertino, CA and of John Kennedy III and his wife Linda Kennedy of Beecher Falls,VT. He was the brother of the late Reed Kennedy, David Kennedy, late sister Ellen Kennedy, late sister Margaret Cruz, and sister Anne Fisher.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Brightview Senior Living in Danvers for providing John with loving care and for offering a place for social activities and friendship.
Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave. Wakefield on Sunday from 12-3pm. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield on Monday at 11am. Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. A Celebration of Life event will be held in the summer of 2021 on a yet to be determined date.
In lieu of flowers, honorary donations may be made to the National MS Society.
May 02, 2021
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
McDonald Funeral Home
19 Yale Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880
May 03, 2021
St. Maria Goretti Church
112 Chestnut St.
Lynnfield, MA 01940