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Joseph J. Kennedy

March 19, 1933 April 11, 2021
Joseph J. Kennedy
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Obituary for Joseph J. Kennedy

Joseph J. Kennedy of Birmingham died April 11, 2021. He was 88 years old. Joe was born in Detroit on March 19, 1933 to Francis I and Catherine (Cavanaugh) Kennedy. He attended Visitation High School where he was a standout athlete on the football team.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Salisbury Sound. At the end of the war he returned to Detroit and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit.

Joe married Susan Batty with whom he had 5 children: Kathy, Brian, Tom, Bill (Staci) and Anne (Maher Farah). Joe was also blessed with 5 grandchildren: Amanda, Samantha, Daniel, Brendan, and Conor.

He was highly regarded in the Detroit radio industry, working as the sales manager at WQTE and later at WJZZ.

Joe was brother to the late Frank, John, Anne Kennedy, Margaret Goldsmith, and Marie Carney. He is survived by two brothers, Jimmy and Paul, and sister Louise Brick. Joe is preceded in death by his beloved wife Bea Laws Kennedy.

Private Services have been held.

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