William J. Kennedy Jr.

Date of Passing:

July 17, 2023

Kennedy, William J. Jr., 93, formerly of Rhodes Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on July 17, 2023 at the John Clarke Senior Living, Middletown. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan M. (Farrell) Kennedy.

Born in Providence, a son of the late William J. and Katherine (Killoran) Kennedy, he lived in East Providence for most of his life.

Mr. Kennedy was a clerk for the United States Post Office, Providence Branch for 40 years before retiring in 2000.

William enjoyed bowling and baseball and was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan. He was a volunteer reader in the East Providence School Department.

Mr. Kennedy was a United States Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War.

He is survived by a son, John F. Kennedy of Riverside; two daughters, Laura Lee Souza of Rumford and Kathleen M. Hemphill of Exeter; a sister, Mary McKenna of Cranston and five grandchildren. He was the father of the late Peter J. Kennedy.

His Funeral will be held on Monday July 24, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 7:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 9 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling Hours are Sunday 3-5 p.m.

Online Condolences


  1. My condolences to the family. Bill and I worked for the Postal Service. Always will remember Bill as a great guy. Every Spring we would get together to discuss the Red Sox. He would always ask me how I thought the Sox would be that year and most every year they would disappoint. Wouldn’t faze Bill the next spring. Again he would be optimistic and always admired his love of the Red Sox.

  2. I was in OLP Seminary will Bill.I am sure that he remained a kind gentle individual as I remember him

  3. Dear Kennedy Family,

    We always thought that Bill was the sweetest man, and we are so sorry for your loss. May your father rest peacefully.

    The Begin Family

  4. Bill was a great guy who I worked with at post office. We often talked about baseball and the Red Sox.
    May he rest in peace.

  5. How about them Red Sox, sorry for your loss John ,Muffy and Kelly

  6. I worked with him for many years at the post office. He, truly, was a fine person and a pleasure to be around.

  7. Mr. Kennedy was a lovely gentleman, who volunteered his time at Kent Heights School. He often worked with my fifth grade students, who would read to him and with him. We would frequently talk, and he would share a story or two about Riverside. I remember he always looked forward to the turkey dinners he would get at Schroders! Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. He made a difference!

  8. Very sorry an absolute gentleman

  9. So sorry for your loss

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