John Howard Kennedy

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KENNEDY; John Howard ~ Born November 4, 1940. Regrettably passed away at Victoria Manor in Lindsay on December 16, 2019.

Beloved son of Hilda and Howard Kennedy of Leaskdale, brother of David and Paul (Carolyn) Kennedy, uncle of Brian Kennedy and Susan Kennedy (Keith Brown) and their children Mira and Liam; he will be missed by all.

Held dear by his wife Carole Ann Kennedy who is proud of his bravery facing his prolonged illness, his honesty and his many achievements, interests and hobbies. Brother-in-law of John William Bowles and godfather to his niece Stephanie Bowles. They are also saddened by this loss. Son-in-law of the late Sarah and Tom Bowles who valued him greatly as he assisted them in their senior years.

A leader of the Army Cadets at Uxbridge High School as a Major, he was proud of the defense of Canada and of his Country.

John taught at Public and High Schools. He loved geography, history, travel, jogging, skiing, farming, farm machinery, literature, truck driving and music. Affectionately he was called “El Presidente” by his many friends and students because of his name and because he was a wonderful leader and mentor.

May God’s face shine upon you and on all you love and who love you; May God bless you and them and hold you in the palm of his hand, John.

John wished not to have a visitation or funeral. He wishes everyone peace and love always and thanks everyone for their kindness over the years – especially his nurses. Cremation has taken place and he will be privately interred at Foster Memorial Cemetery. There will be a private family Celebration held later.  

In John’s memory, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at

Bye for now; until we all meet again; love from everyone!

Peace & Rest have come at last.


Our sincere condolences to the Kennedy family.

Jim & Lorraine Kinsman

I was a colleague of John when he was a Geography teacher at RS McLaughlin CVI Iin Oshawa. He was well respected and loved by students and staff alike as he was such a dedicated teacher. He will be missed!

Fran King

I worked with John at RS McLaughlin CVI. He was a kind, gentle man, who treated everyone with respect. My sincere condolences to his family in their loss.

Sue Nieuwenburg

I was lucky to have worked with John at MCVI. He was a kind, sweet gentle man & I enjoyed his company. My condolences to his family.

Sharon Lochan

Thoughts to Mr. Kennedy’s family. Great memories of his classes at MCVI and a mentor to us students.

Fred Lautenschlager

John was one of my favourite teachers at MCVI through the mid to late 80's. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. Rest In Peace

Greg Gillis

Mr Kennedy was my grade ten teacher. I greatly admired his humble ways. He was a kind and gentle soul who influenced the lives of so many of us at MCVI. You have done so much for I many during your time on this earth. Time to rest Mr. Kennedy - Thank you for taking good care of so many of us.

Sandra Wellman

A great guy! Our sympathy

John and Carol Edmunds

He cared and was one of the guys we will not soon forget .

Carson Petrie

I am sorry for your loss. I was a student at McLaughlin in the 80's. I did not have Mr. Kennedy as a teacher but definitely remember his kindness. He was always smiling in the hallways and would greet us. The one thing I remember about Mr. Kennedy is his hair! Curly and full! I always wanted to have him for Geography because of his hair! Sounds strange I know but I think deep down as a teenager I knew he would be an amazing teacher! I send my sympathies and prayers to your family as you walk this journey of grief. Sincerely, Karyne Whalen

Karyne Whalen

I worked with John when I was a young teacher just starting my career at MCVI. I loved his quiet, gentle nature ... and then I discovered his dry, hilarious sense of humour! Still makes me smile! My condolences to the family, though I know your sorrow will be eased by many great memories of a respectable man.

Mike van’t Slot

John was a well respected colleague of mine at MCVI for twenty years. I remember that when I was given a geography course to teach I sought out John’s help before I was to explain rocks and their formation to my class. He did this readily always with a smile on his face. May you Rest In Peace dear friend.

Hedy Gadd (Grabowski)

It is with sadness that I read of Mr. Kennedy's passing. He was by far my favourite teacher as he always made Geography so much fun. His dedication truly meant a lot to me. My condolences to his family and friends.

Ellen Almond (née Fice)

Sorry to learn of this. John was my Grade 10 Geography teacher and always fair and kind to me, even when I didn't deserve it. I now teach that same course; he must have inspired me.

David F Rahilly

John reached out to me and offered to give me a ride when I was in my first year teaching at M.C.V.I. He was driving past Uxbridge where I lived on his way to school, and I was finding the commute difficult because of the winter weather. I have rarely met such a kind and generous man. He will be greatly missed, I’m sure, by all those dear to him.

Stephen Rhody

My condolences to Mr Kennedy's family. He was a kind and generous teacher who really did care about the students he interacted with.

Scott Duffy

As the youngest Young of a family of 4 children who were students at McLaughlin Collegiate in the late 70s and through the 1980s, Mr . Kennedy was a well respected, kind- hearted and dedicated teacher who was favourite for all of us. On behalf of my brothers and sister and myself, we extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Kennedy’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Tracy Young

Mr Kennedy was one of the few teachers to inspire me. I travel because of him. He was a good one!

John Hiscott