Thomas W. Kennedy, 67, passed away peacefully at home on December 18, 2014
following an eight month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was born
December 17, 1947 in Carlisle, PA to William F. Kennedy and Janet C. Cornman
is survived by his best friend and loving wife Faith, children William
(Lynn) Kennedy of Valparaiso, Christina Kennedy of Chesterton, Brian (Melynda)
Greenfield of Westville and Deborah (Michael) Kurz of Chesterton, brother
David (Kathy) Kennedy of Mays Landing, NJ, sister Susan (Jim) Rynard of
Carlisle, PA, granddaughter Kaitlyn Kurz, many cousins and dear friends.
was preceded in death by his Parents, wife Deborah Bratcher Kennedy who
passed away 4/18/1991, and daughter Cassandra Kennedy who passed away
Kennedy had an extraordinary musical career and delighted many with his
clarinet performances. He was raised in a musical family, and his father was
his first clarinet instructor. Mr. Kennedy was retired from the Duneland
School Corporation where he held the position of Director of Music Education
for 25 years, taught Intermediate and Middle School band for 33 years and
was active with the Trojan Guard Marching Band during his early years at
Duneland. Prior to his Duneland career, he was a Band Instructor for 6 years
in the Crown Point Community School Corporation. Mr. Kennedy also taught a
number of students privately and influenced many young people to begin life
long careers in music and music education.
Kennedy held a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music
degree in clarinet performance from Morehead State University in Morehead,
Kentucky. The clarinet was his principal instrument, although he was also
proficient on saxophone. Mr. Kennedy was the principal clarinetist with the
LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Michigan City Municipal
Band and the Chamber Winds Woodwind Quintet. He also performed with the
South Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Windiana Concert Band.
Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at
Liberty Bible Church, 824 North Calumet Avenue, Chesterton, IN 46304 with
Pastor Bob Nienhuis officiating. There will be a visitation on Monday at the
church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 2 until 6
p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South 2nd St., Chesterton, IN.
Kennedy requested memorials be given to the LaPorte County Symphony
Orchestra or the Independent Cat Society. To send an online condolence,