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Edward Francis Kenny

January 19, 1927 - May 24, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Services celebrating Ed’s life will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 3pm at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 601 W. Agua Caliente Rd, Sonoma.

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Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 24, 2018 at the age of 91. He was born on January 19, 1927 to Matthew and Bridget Kenny in San Francisco. He leaves behind his only daughter, Jacqueline Roush (Jim), two granddaughters, Brooke Kapanga and Samantha Roush, his sister Josephine Stark and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife Henriette, his brother Matt Kenny, sisters Mary Stark and Betty Reh and lastly his ex-wife Lorraine. Also mourning his loss are his stepchildren, Denise Churchill, Marj Hansen, Darlene Baser, Mel Lafranchi and Pete Spiliotis and his many step-grandchildren.

Ed joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 at the age of 17 and served as on the USS Salamaua and the USS Randall during WWII. After the war, he joined the Navy Reserve, training on the USS Buck in 1947. After his service, Ed went on to earn his living as a sheet metal worker and union business agent and was a lifelong member of Int’l Assn of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Local Union 104.

Once Ed retired, he kept active and involved with many organizations such as the Sonoma Moose Lodge, the San Francisco Knights of Columbus, the Native Sons of the Golden West (SF/Sonoma) and the Hannah Boys Center as a volunteer. He served on the board for Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Water District for 23 years, only giving it up after his illness in 2017.

Ed was a gregarious man who made friends wherever he went. He was once described as the “irascible, sometimes ‘politically incorrect’ “director of the Water Board, but all who knew him would nod their heads in complete agreement when they hear him described as a very proud American…to his very last breath.

Services celebrating Ed’s life will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 3pm at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 601 W. Agua Caliente Rd, Sonoma.