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John Kennedy

October 4, 2012
The Leader Herald

John Kennedy, born November 10, 1935, was the son of Nelson and Pearl Booth Kennedy, residing at 117 Kingsboro Avenue during the growing up years. He died in a hospital in Los Angeles of leukemia, pneumonia and other complications on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, after several years of normal life during remissions.

Graduating from Gloversville High School, class of 1953, he was active in track and field (he and Paul Meyer learned how to pole vault by watching competing teams) and he was an excellent sprinter. He attended University of Michigan, then worked at the Ex-Im Bank in Washington, D.C. during the Nixon Administration. He then moved to California, working as head of sales at Xerox for many years. Next, he worked at TRW, a multinational Fortune 500 engineering firm, for many years until the company was sold and broken up. A large group of people including John from TRW have had reunions every year for the last 30 years. Subsequently, as a certified stock and bonds investment broker, he began at Shearson Lehman Hutton which became Smith Barney, which became Sutro & Company, where his son, Christopher joined him, and there they worked as partners - continuing when that company was later bought by RBC (Royal Bank of Canada). Then, for the last several years until the present his son, Christopher and he teamed at Financial West Group.

As a devoted and loving parent, John also reveled in the successes of his daughter, Jill, as a master yoga instructor and spiritual guide.

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John leaves behind his beloved daughter, Jill; his beloved son, Christopher; his beloved partner, Carol Treas; and his dear sister, Pat Kennedy Snyderman.

John's life was honored at a Memorial Celebration at Zin's at Westwood Lake, Calif., on September 9. Among the many guests was Paul Meyer of Houston, who grew up in Gloversville, and family members, friends, and co-workers from across the country.

For all who will lovingly remember John:

His "cup" was always full to overflowing. He had boundless energy and enthusiasm, a totally positive attitude. He will be sorely missed.



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