Vernon Joseph KENNEDY

Born: Tue., May 6, 1947
Died: Sun., Aug. 4, 2019

Family to do services at later date

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KENNEDY, Vernon Joseph

Vern Kennedy was a teacher, an explorer and a story teller. He weaved magical old oak trees and adventurous expeditions into his tales, many of which he lived in real life. Vernlooked at the world through a lens of optimism and admiration, giving each interaction his full attention and commitment. Vern lived a full life, he was loved and respected by his family, friends, colleagues and students. On Sunday August 4th, 2019, at the age of 72, Vern passed away surrounded by his family and held by his son Ryan, his daughter Erin, his wife Mona and his brother Bryan.

Forever curious about what was around the next corner or where a road led, Vern shared his love for adventure with his wife Mona, with whom he journeyed through many countries;his son Ryan, married to Melissa, and their children Caden and Avin, who bring laughter and light to each day; his daughter Erin, and her husband Yoshihiro Tsunoda, who share Vern’s enthusiasm to run and bein nature; Mona’s children, Jessica, married to James Bryce, and their children Corden, Ariya and Soren, who were Vern’s happy helpers around the house; Dawson Long, who is generous with his humour and talents as an electrician; and Sarah Long, married to Wade Seward, who bring the joy of conversation. Vern is missed by his brother Bryan, and his family Rita and Ian, with whom many holidays and family vacations were spent together; Sharon Miller and Dan Boffa; John and Sharon Miller; Keith and Janet Miller; Brenda Hawke; and Vern’s many nieces, nephews and friends.

Vern loved to spend time in nature. He was happiest when in the forests and lakes of Ontario, skiing through the West Coast mountains and the Rockies, hiking the Inca Trail, exploring the corners of Australia, New Zealand, South America, Japan, and Sweden, and sharing a good glass of wine with friends and family along the way.

A private gathering in celebration of Vern's life will take place at a later date.

Charitable donations may be made in Vernon's memory to the following organization:

Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation
just inside front doors of hospital.
403 Picton Main St., Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Tel: 613-476-1008 ext. 4503/4425

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Ron & Margo Welch
   Posted Mon August 05, 2019
Mona & Family,
Sincere condolences to you at this difficult time .
Please know you are in our thoughts !
Ron & Margo

Crystal Moore (nee Bruyere)
   Posted Tue August 06, 2019
Sincere condolences to Mona and family as you navigate this loss together. Mr. K. will always be remembered as a inspirational, motivating, encouraging teacher who would not accept "I can't" as an answer. He was always so proud of his students. His grin and distinct laugh will never be forgotten.

Ashley Davis
   Posted Tue August 06, 2019
So sorry for your loss Mrs.long. Mr. Kennedy was such an awesome teacher. I still look back and talk about my public school days with my fiance. He chuckled when I told him how much of a pain and n the neck I was as a student. Prayers in your time of morning

Elise Brown & Alan Ranger
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
We are thinking of all of you.

Myrna De Cou
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Vern was my supervising teacher for my teaching practicum. As a "mature" student, I was not the easiest to supervise, but Vern did it with grace and patience. What a great teacher he was and what a great person.

Nicole hannah
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
To the Long and Kennedy family;

Vern was an amazing person, teacher, coach and mentor. He was always there for people and angood listener. He will be deeply missed and loved. My deepest consoledences. Im soo sorry for your loss. Hugs to all xo💕💕

Bob and Nancy Welch
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
Mona and family , so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Angie Chisamore Phillips
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
Vern taught me in public school, and then became a neighbour. A wonderful teacher and kind man. I was very fortunate to be able to catch up with him at my work where he was a patient. Thank you Mr. K, you will be missed. So sorry for your loss from the Chisamore family of Lyndhurst.

Dylan McCaffrey
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
My heartfelt condolences go out to Mona and Vern's family. He was such a wonderful man and I feel fortunate to have known and learned from him. I have had many teachers on my nearly twenty-year journey as a student, and Mr. K. still stands out among them all. He was a strong role model, a caring friend, and always instilled a sense of "I can" into his students. I hope his lifetime of memories and laughs help guide you through this difficult time. Thank you Mr. K, you will be missed.

Lynda Luke-Brown
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
Dear Mona and family, We are all so sad to hear about Vern. He was a great teacher, colleague, and all round an incredibly good man who will be missed by many. Be strong.

Glennda Casement-Olivier
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
It is with great sadnesd that I read of Vern's passing. He was a very empathetic person who always tried to help others. A great teacher with a wonderful sence of humour. My sincere condolences to both family and friends. Hugs!

Sharon Leonard Pash
   Posted Wed August 07, 2019
Extending sympathy and condolences to Mona and family from Bob Leonard's family. May Vernon Rest in Peace and in the arms of the Angel's. Bless you all.

Lynn & John Bastedo
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
Mona, and Family
Please except our condolences on Vern’s passing. He will be truly missed by
Rest In Peace, Vern

John & Lynn

Linda Thom
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
So very sorry to hear this. Our deepest sympathies to Mona and all children and grandchildren. Vern was one of those iconic teachers of whom their students will say, “Ya, I had a teacher once who set me on a path that changed the trajectory of my life. He made learning fun and relevant. And more than that, he got to know me and cared about my future.” He will be missed greatly.

Ross and Max
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
Mona, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

Diane Norris
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Mike and Christine Wilson
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
Such a sad thing to lose a wonderful friend. He will be missed but always have a presence in our hearts. An example of how to live a full and happy life with no regrets. You have both been a shining example of that. Love, Mike and Chris

Peri McQuay
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Vern's passing. He was a great hearted man who affected so many of us.

douglas thake
   Posted Sat August 10, 2019
My condolences to the Kennedy family. I knew Vern at New Dublin school and Mona at South Crosby school. Even after 30 to 40 years the memories still flood back of a true gentleman with a big smile and caring spirit.

Marilyn Fielding
   Posted Sun August 11, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Vern was a good friend to many and an inspiration to those of us he taught. Swift wings Vern.

Jeff Jurkovac
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
We have lost a tremendous force in this world. Vern was such a friend and mentor to everybody he met. I will always cherish him memory and positiveness. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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