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H. Edwin “Ed” Kennedy  

H. Edwin “Ed” Kennedy

May 15, 1921 ~ June 12, 2014

H. Edwin “Ed” Kennedy, age 93, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Born on May 15, 1921 in Sayre, PA, he was the son of the late Homer E. Kennedy, Sr. and Helen Anna Goeke Kennedy.

Ed graduated from Sayre High School, Class of 1940.  On August 12, 1942 he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corp. and spent the next two years attending classes at Pennsylvania State College, Philadelphia Signal Depot Civilian Training Division at Temple, Fordham University and NYU.

While in the US Army Signal Corp., he proudly served his country during World War II with the 9th Armored Division in Rhineland Central Europe.  Ed’s tour of duty included the Battle of the Bulge and Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.  During his service, Ed was awarded several decorations including the Presidential Unit Citation, American Service Medal, EAME Service Medal and WWII Victory Medal.

Following his discharge from the military, Ed started his lifelong career in the recording industry.  From 1946 – 1960 he served as Chief Engineer of WILM Radio Station.  In 1950 Ed launched his own recording company, Ken-Del Productions Inc. which continues to operate in Wilmington, DE after 64 years. He recently fulfilled his dream with the completion of Delaware’s largest commercial recording studio.

On October 15, 1954, he married the love of his life, Marjorie Leap.  He and Marjorie then moved to Delaware where they raised their three daughters.

Always active within the community, Ed was a member of the Masonic Rural Amity Lodge No. 70 in Athens, PA, Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 74 in Wilmington and served as Vice President of the Big Band Society in Wilmington.

Ed will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched.

In addition to his loving wife of more than 59 years, he is survived by three daughters, Shirl Kennedy Lord (Dirk) of Newark, Barbara Kennedy Bobik (Andy) of Bear and Karen Kennedy Burgess (Liam) of Middletown and nine special grandchildren, Brent, Ryan, Brittany and Victoria Bobik, Brad and Kristen Burgess, Gabriel and Joshua Lotz and Ryan Lord.

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evening, June 18, 2014 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where friends may visit with Ed’s family from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  A committal service with military honors will be held at 10 am on Thursday morning, June 19, 2014 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

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  1. Lyd Good, June 14, 2014

    For Barb, her mom and sisters. I extend my condolences to the Kennedy family. ♥

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  2. jim & carole lattomus, June 15, 2014

    we met Ed and Marjorie at Little Saigon several years ago
    and often sat at a table near them to chat. Ed was an
    interesting man and we will miss seeing him our toughts
    are with you

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  3. Marjie Ruth, June 15, 2014

    Aunt Marjie, Shirl, Barb, Karen, & families;

    Please know that our hearts reach out to you at the loss of your loving husband and father. The tribute you’ve written is beautiful. While he was blessed with a long life, the separation is never easy. We’ll be keeping you all in our prayers, and we send you all much love.

    Uncle Paul, Marjie, & Steve

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  4. Linda Farwell, June 15, 2014

    My sincere sympathy to Barb, her Mom, sisters and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Reply
  5. susan davis, June 15, 2014

    Kristen and family,

    My sympathies for your loss.

    Fondly,

    Susan

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  6. Ardyth Arnston, June 16, 2014

    Barb and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  7. Fran Hafley, June 16, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers are with you .

    Reply
  8. Diane Staniforth, June 16, 2014

    Barb, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. You have been through so much the past several months and I hope you can have a nice summer.

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  9. Jenny_Oklahoma, June 16, 2014

    Barb you and your family our in my thoughts and prayers at this sorrowful time may the Lord wrap his loving arms around ya all and keep you close and mend your Broken hearts. ♥♥
    Jenny ( Phoebeland )

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  10. Mary McCaw, June 16, 2014

    Dear Barb and family,
    I want to express my deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Cherish the memories and carry on his legacy

    Mary McCaw
    Phoebe’s chat.

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  11. Mary Alice Kotarski (Shortstock), June 17, 2014

    My dear friend Barb,
    I am so sorry for your loss of such a great man. He accomplished a lot in his life. He is a great tribute to his generation and to you. I will be praying for you and your family in the days to come.
    Love, your eagle friend,
    Shortstock

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  12. Lil & Bob, June 17, 2014

    To Barb and her family. We are sending our condolences at this sad time.

    Reply

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