James W. Kenny, Jr., Rumford


James W. Kenny, Jr., 91, of Rumford, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie E. (Gallagher) Kenny, to whom he had been married for 60 years.


Born in Central Falls, a son of the late James W. Sr. and Emma V. (Wassmer) Kenny, he resided in Rumford for almost 50 years. He grew up in Pawtucket and maintained a lifelong fondness for the city, often reminiscing about meeting friends at Pinault’s corner, skating at Slater Park, playing ball at “the old mud pond” (current site of McCoy Stadium) and caddying at the Pawtucket Country Club. He was a longtime communicant of St. Margaret’s Church in Rumford.


James was a graduate of Pawtucket High School East (Tolman High School) and attended Bryant College. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, who saw combat duty in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operation, serving on numerous ships and stations. He worked as a postal clerk and personnel assistant at the Main Post Office in Providence for over 24 years until retiring.


James leaves one daughter, Donna M. Kirwan and her husband, Michael of Rumford; two grandchildren, James M. Kirwan and Allison M. Kirwan, both of Rumford; one brother, John Kenny of San Diego, California and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert and Rita Kenny.


His funeral was held from William M. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford.  Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Leave online condolences at trippfuneralhome.com


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