Emmy Award winner Francis Joseph Kennedy, Jr. , “Frank” , passed away on April 3rd, 2021 after a long illness. Frank was born on August 11th, 1936 to Francis Joseph Kennedy, Sr., and Margaret Connelly Kennedy in the Bronx, New York. The oldest of 7 children, Frank attended St. Simon Stock School & High School, and then attended Iona College. After serving as a U.S Army Sargent, his first occupations included working for General Motors Overseas Operations, the job of Senior House Manager of Radio City Music Hall, and then it was on to the NBC television network where he had an illustrious, 3 time Emmy award winning , 40 year career. Frank began as a camera man and then became a highly skilled Senior Video Tape Editor for both NBC Sports and the NBC News division, including Today & NBC Nightly News.
Frank is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Lou Barnes Kennedy, and his daughters Lorraine Kennedy Williams and Tara Kennedy. He is also survived by his siblings Patricia Cunneen, Gail McInerney (John) & Gerard Kennedy (Eileen) and Kevin Kennedy. He is preceded in death by his brothers Tom Kennedy, William Kennedy and brother-in-law Tom Cunneen. He is loved by his sisters-in-law Nancy Quinn (Brian) and Patricia Barnes, and brothers-in-law Jeff Barnes (Susan) and Chris Barnes (Jacqui). He also leaves behind the loves of his life, his 8 grandchildren, Ian, Sean & Chelsea Williams, and Alexis, Madison, Taylor, Peyton and Elliot Fishman, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Frank continued his passion for videography and photography until his final days, and his grandchildren were his favorite subjects. Frank was a voracious reader, and had a passion for the arts, most especially music, movies, television and theater. His favorite hobby was creating remarkable home movies of his grandchildren set to the most beautiful and fitting music. Frank’s favorite location was at the Jersey Shore’s “Irish Riviera” in Spring Lake, N.J. The beach and ocean air would bring him much tranquility and happiness each summer with his family.
Frank had a wicked sense of humor, incredible insight & instinct, strength combined with just the right amount of sensitivity, a beautiful smile, a great laugh, and an incredible work ethic. While his innate talent added so much to the world of television, he will more importantly be remembered for his devotion as a loving, selfless husband, father and grandfather who fiercely protected everyone he loved.
Calling Hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville between the hours of 2 to 5 pm, Sunday and 9 to 10:30am Monday. Mass of Christian Burial, Annunciation Church, Crestwood on Monday, April 12 at 11:30am.