James Frederick Kennedy

August 15, 1935 - May 27, 2010
James Frederick Kennedy


James Frederick Kennedy, age 74 of Hampstead, died Thursday, May 27, 2010 at home. He was born August 15, 1935, in Alexander City, Alabama, son of the late Vida Lee and James D. Kennedy.

Fred is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Rosanne D’Avola Kennedy. Also surviving in Alabama, are two sisters Jeann Camp and Gayle Griffin, four nieces and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

As a child in Alabama, Fred was active in sports and the Boy Scouts where he held the rank of Eagle Scout. He served in the US Army for three years in the 1950’s. After the service, he attended the University of Alabama, then entered a career as an Institutional Bond Salesman in the financial world of Wall Street in New York City.

He was a faithful member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

Fred loved gardening and was a Master Gardener and volunteer at the New Hanover County Arboretum. He belonged to the Topsail Moose Lodge, the Wilmington Elks and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Religious services were held privately.

Friends and neighbors are invited to visit at home to remember Fred, Saturday, June 5th, 2010 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • June 03, 2010
    Dave and Liz Sadler says:
    Dear Roseanne, Jeann, Gayle and Family, We were shocked and saddened to read about Fred's passing away. Saw obit in Topsail Voice today. The consummate nice guy: fun to be around and talk with, a great sense of humour, and a kind person. We remember sampling his homegrown edibles and his commentaries on the Alabama Auburn games. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Dave and Liz

  • June 03, 2010
    amy camp says:
    Uncle Fred, I will miss your wit and deadpan sense of humour. They broke the mold when they made you. You may be gone from this earth but you will never be forgotten. I love you.

  • May 30, 2010
    Mr. & Mrs. Todd Truax says:
    Uncle Fred, We will miss your sense of humor and love of life. God Bless. Todd and Gina

  • June 01, 2010
    Frank & Shirley Igoe says:
    Our prayers and sympathy to Rosanne and family. Fred always enjoyed life to the fullest and we have many happy memories of time spent with him and Rosanne.

  • June 02, 2010
    mindy and stanley patchen says:
    We remember the wonderful times we spent with Fred-spending time together in New Jersey,dining in the "big apple" and just sitting around and having fun. Fred was a charmer.We'll always remember his charm and southern drawl. He will be missed. mindy and stanley