Mr. Vernon Wilson Kennedy, Jr.
- January 6, 1947 - April 28, 2012
- Bay Village, Ohio
of Vernon's Passing
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I was saddened to hear of Vernon's passing. We shared wonderful years together during high school and I treasure our friendships and...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Ellis McElroy - Wilmington, NC
“Mary, so sorry to hear of Vernon's death. I pray for God's strength and grace for you and your family during this time.
2 of 19 | Posted by: Shirley Padgett Tomko - Dunkirk,
Even though it's been many years since we all were classmates, I remember you with a smile. I am sorry to hear of your loss, and pray for...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Anne (Steffey) Gallegos - NM
“Blessed are the Vietnam veterans, of which Vernon was a leader. May he rest in peace, knowing he did his part by answering the call.
4 of 19 | Posted by: Edward K. (Kenny) Flynn - SC
“My sincerest sympathy to Mary and the family. Your family photo shows what wonderful gits of life that were yours to share together.
5 of 19 | Posted by: Sandy Tippett Smith - Bradenton, FL
It's been way too many years, I have always remembered your strong spirit and outlook. My prayers are with you and your family at this...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Erin Schaffner Gaskill Farrell - PA
“Dear Mary - so sorry to hear of Vernon's passing. I have just recently joined the reunion website and have not stayed in contact with many people...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Pat Collins Brown - Springfield, VA
“In 1967, when I was home on leave, Vernon had just graduated from the US Army Officer Candidate School at FT Belvoir, VA. He was a brand new 2nd LT....Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Richard A. Walker - Lutz, FL
“We were very saddened to hear of Vern's passing. It was a joy to know and work with him. His great smile and work ethic was a great motivation to all...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Ed and Ellen Carpenter - PA
So very sorry to hear of Vern's death. I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in this most difficult time. Judy Gordon
10 of 19 | Posted by: Judy Gordon - Westfield, NJ
So so sorry to hear about Vernon's passing. What an inspired and inspiring life you've both led. As Mac said, your spirit was always...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Joan Wagnon Parks - Los Angeles, CA
“During the Vietnam War, Vernon and I ran into each other while we were home on leave in 1967. He had just finished Engineer Army Officer Candidate...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Richard A. Walker - Tampa, FL
I was so sorry to hear of Vernon's passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and know that you and your family are in...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Patsy Blue Williams - FL
“Mary, my heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Please take care of yourself.
14 of 19 | Posted by: Ginger Trapanotto - Annapolis, MD
“I am so sorry to see that Vernon has passed. I had been keeping tabs on him while he was in the SICU over the past couple of weeks. I really enjoyed...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Sarah Grollimund - Westlake
It's been such a long time... but I remember your courage and strong spirit. I am hopeful it will get your through the grief of Vern's...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: William "Mac" McConnell - Salem, SC
“My thoughts amd prayers are with you and your family, I have so many wonderful memories,. Jon Dingle and Family
17 of 19 | Posted by: Jon Dingle - Crystal Lake, IL
“DEAR MARY AND FAMILY: I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF VERNON'S DEATH. MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU. I PRAY YOU WILL CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND FIND A WAY TO...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: CAROL TISDALE WHITSELL - MD
Judy and I are so sorry to hear of your family's loss.
My memories are filled with the fun we had playing golf and working together....Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Mr and Mrs Prince A. Denson III - PA
Vernon Wilson Kennedy, Jr., 65, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012 at University Hospital, Cleveland following complications of bile duct cancer. Vernon was born January 6, 1947 in Washington, D.C. The second of three children born to Vernon and Elean Kennedy. He was a graduate of Surrattsville Senior High School in Clinton, Maryland, class of 1964.
He attended the University of Maryland prior to being drafted into the United States Army, on February 14th 1967. Vernon married his high school sweetheart Mary Vastine on April 21st, 1967. He went on to attend Engineering Officer Candidate School and Flight school before serving in Vietnam in 1969. Upon returning from Nam he served in Korea as a helicopter pilot earning the rank of captain. He served 6 and 1/2 years active duty and 6 and 1/2 years as a member of the Army Reserves. Upon leaving the service Vernon put his knowledge of helicopters to use in a career in helicopter sales. He worked for various companies including Agusta, Bell, Sikorsky and McDonald Douglas. It was while working with McDonald Douglas that a crash forced Vernon to change the direction of his career to Aviation Insurance. In addition to sales and insurance he owned and operated a helicopter flight school in Hawaii and then sold cars in Delaware, Florida and Ohio. For the past 15 years Mary and Vern have lived in Coco Beach, FL where they owned and operated the Surfside Café. He retired in 2003.
Vernon's first love was family but also loved flying and was an avid sports and outdoorsman. He enjoyed with his wife, scuba diving in Hawaii, the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. They also enjoyed horseback and motorcycle riding together. He was an avid reader and enjoyed travel and visiting with friends. He found thrills in parachuting and enjoyed hunting, but his passion was fishing. His boat was named The Last Call. He spent countless hours on the water with friends and family. He once won a fishing tournament in which the grand prize was a new pickup truck.
Vernon is survived by his wife Mary and his beloved children Deborah Ann Romine (Shane) of Bowling Green, KY, Vernon W., III (Ann) of Hilliard, OH, John Edward of Lahaina, HI and Mary Kathryn "Kate" Clark (Joshua) of Quincy, FL. Other survivors include four grandchildren Samantha and Lucas Romine and Bobby and Danny Kennedy. He is also survived by sister Ann Sturgill (Rufus). He is preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Elean Kennedy and sister Judy Kennedy.
Private memorial services will be held.