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Morgan Kennedy

Morgan Joseph Kennedy

Tuesday, May 14th, 1935 - Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Morgan Joseph Kennedy of SeaBrook Village, Tinton Falls, a cherished husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on July 23rd, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Morgan was born in the Bronx, NY in 1935, beloved only child of Morgan Patrick Kennedy and
Ann Quinn Kennedy. He graduated from Manhattan Prep and then Manhattan College, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Morgan maintained strong bonds with his Highbridge friends and school classmates, reuniting often to share memories of their days as vendors at Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds.

He was a veteran, serving in the Air Force from 1956 –1959, spending the majority of his service as a Weapons Engineer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After serving, he resumed his career at the New York Telephone Company where he remained in various roles for the next 42 years until his retirement in 2000. Most notably, he was an early pioneer of mobile communications technology. He served as a telephone company lobbyist in Washington DC for the final decade of his distinguished career, happily embracing the social aspect of that vocation, one very suited to his personality.

Morgan met the love of his life, Elizabeth O’Dea, at the Jersey Shore. They married in 1959 and settled in Tenafly, New Jersey where they raised four children Carole, Claire, Morgan, and Brian in a home filled with laughter and love. The family enjoyed summers at their home in Sea Girt, New Jersey. Morgan and Liz retired to Spring Lake, New Jersey where they spent their golden years together in the company of their friends and family, including ten grandchildren.

A devout Catholic, Morgan lived his life with a true moral compass that was unwavering and inspiring.

In his final years, Morgan persevered despite significant physical challenges due to Parkinson’s. Never one to complain, he remained always upbeat, gregarious and sharp enjoying the companionship of the devoted Liz, his family and friends. You needed to meet Morgan only once to feel his light. He loved to tell and hear stories and to engage and connect with any and all people.

Morgan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth, his daughter Carole Jones and her husband Brian of Hillsdale, NJ, Claire Judge and her husband Walter of Spring Lake, NJ, Morgan P. Kennedy of Darien CT and his wife Jennifer and Brian Kennedy and his wife Erika of Carlsbad, CA. In addition, he is survived by his ten grandchildren Caroline, Brian, Connor, Morgan, Dennis, Meghan, Noelle, Kristin, Myles and Quinn, and multiple cousins and in-laws who meant so much to him throughout his life.

Due to restrictions during these unusual times, a private family gathering at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall followed by a burial service in the family plot in Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah will take place. Morgan would have liked a larger gathering (a party, frankly) which we will consider in the future. Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdaparkinson.org.

To offer condolences to the family please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Location
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    Address
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Bill Lago
  • Interment

    Location
    Maryrest Cemetery
    Address
    25 Seminary Road
    MAHWAH, NJ 07430
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Affiliations

  • Air Force
  • Celtic Cross
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Diane Paul

Posted at 06:39am
Liz, I know the days ahead will be very poignant as you deal with all you've been through. Our "group" is here for you when you are ready and need us. I know Morgan will have great company where he is and maybe he and the two Mikes can get the baseball season going so that they will be able to cheer the Yankees in the world series this fall.
Diane
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James P obrien

Posted at 12:47pm
Liz and Family, Sorry for your loss.It was a great privilege to be a friend of Morgan for so many years .May he rest in Peace . Jim O'Brien and family
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Lizanne Chisholm

Posted at 10:03pm
My dearest love and support to a beautiful family I admire and will always have a special place in my heart for the many memories of childhood. On "the Glen", the Ruffleys, holidays shared (when we knocked the Christmas tree over on New Year's Eve!! ), singing at the piano, beach days and especially the "Great Adventures!!!" ❤️❤️❤️
Mr. Kennedy had a heart of gold and he shined it on all who came into his presence. His light lives on in those who were fortunate to have known him. God bless you all! Love you, Lizanne 🙏
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John Feighery

Posted at 08:56pm
Sincere condolences to the family of Morgan Kennedy, my classmate from Sacred Heart and Manhattan Prep. I have many fond memories of attending Manhattan College games with Morgan at Madison Square Garden and having a few drinks afterwards! May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, John Feighery
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Trish Wellenbach

Posted at 07:09pm
Liz, Claire, Carol, Morgan and Brian: How sad I was to hear about Morgan’s passing, he truly was a grand man. The twinkle in his eye, a smile that would light up a room and his love of life brought joy and happiness to all of us who had the great luck to be part of his life. How wonderful it was that the Kennedy and Dolan families had the chance to create thousands of memories and great moments together which I will cherish for years to come.

It all began in Highbridge and then to Tenafly, Sea Girt and Spring Lake, it was as if our families were destined to share so much. Even the Grandma’s traveling together were a sign of deep ties that surely came from our Irish roots. The music, the laughter, the meals and the good times we shared will never be forgotten.

My dad’s passing in January brought us all together as we said good bye to him. Now Morgan and Myles are watching over us, they are standing by a piano in heaven and reminiscing about life and family and sharing the peace of eternal life.

You are in my prayers as you walk this time of grief and loss together as a family. Until we can meet again and have a grand party to celebrate Morgan, be well

With love and great sympathy
Trish
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