William "Bill" Kennedy


William “Bill” Kennedy, 68, of Cranesville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at his residence.  Bill was born in Union City, PA, on December 19, 1951, a son of the late Charles and Harriet (Eastman) Kennedy. He graduated from Northwestern High School in 1969.   Bill was fortunate to be able to “walk to work” every day across the street to the family business, Kennedy’s Hardware.  The hardware was one of the ways he learned to serve the community by being a “problem solver” for anyone who was working on any type of project.  Bill was the 5th generation to own the store and each generation learned by working together.  Bill also served his community as a 50 year member and past Chief of the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department.  He was extremely proud of his two sons who continue the commitment of service in the department.  He enjoyed spending time at the family cottage and helping his sons with any of their projects.  Bill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janice (Hill) Kennedy whom he married on August 7, 1976, two sons, Brandon Kennedy and his wife, Lee Anne, and Ryan Kennedy and his wife, Megan, 3 grandchildren who called him “Poppy”, Raylan, Macey, and Darren, and two sisters, Kay Vogt and her husband, Myron, and Susan Hamilton and her husband, Bob.  All services will be private by the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 302, Cranesville, PA, 16410.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com.  “It’s hard to turn the page when you know someone won’t be in the next chapter but the story must go on.”  Author Unknown.



Left by  “Mikel &Lois Pittsenbarger” on 06/29/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with your families at this trying time

Left by  “BILLY RANDALL & FAMILY” on 06/01/2020


Left by  “Jim and Debbie Feldmiller and Donald Hough” on 05/31/2020

You are in our hearts and prayers. They will be greatly missed by anyone who was honored to have known them.

Left by  “Larry and Amy Kelly ” on 05/31/2020

Bud and Bill will sadly be missed by all of those who met them. Our condolences to there, may God bring you all peace when you all think of them.

Left by  “Amy Maynard” on 05/30/2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. May peace fill your hearts and souls at this time in your sorrow.

Left by  “Pete and Brigitte Rotko” on 05/30/2020

So sorry for the family loss. Our classmate that will be missed.

Left by  “Judy and Charlie Hovanec” on 05/30/2020

Sorry for your loss.

Left by  “Paul and Pat Mayhue” on 05/30/2020

Our hearts and prayers go out for you, Jan, and all the family. May the love of God and friends comfort you.

Left by  “Beatrice & LeRoy Gevin” on 05/30/2020

Jan and family, our condolences to you and the entire families. Bill, will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out for you all.

Left by  “The Jesus Jimenez Family” on 05/30/2020

We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family. William was always helpful in finding whatever gadget we needed for our projects. We will miss him!

Left by  “Janet & Charlie Chandler” on 05/30/2020

So very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers to Jan, Brandon, Ryan, Kay, Susan and Families during this difficult time.

Left by  “Debbie Inman” on 05/30/2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you comfort and peace in these days ahead.

Left by  “Brian Brocious ” on 05/30/2020

Bill I’m so glad I knew you! I will always cherish the memories of running squads calls together. Sending thoughts and prayers to his Family and friends. RIP Chief.

Left by  “Stephanie Houck ” on 05/30/2020

I am truly sad to learn of the passing of Bill. He was a nice man, that helped me with his expertise at the hardware store. My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Left by  “The glenn family” on 05/30/2020

my thoughts and prayes go out the the family of the kennedys in this times my God give you strength to get thow this lose.gone but not forgotten.God bless you

Left by  “James & Laurie Vorse” on 05/30/2020

Bill was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community. RIP Chief.

Left by  “Rick and Carol Ward” on 05/30/2020

Our deepest condolences to the Kennedy Family. Many memories from Cranesville include Bill, all the way back to the "Orioles" and beyond. R I.P.

Left by  “Larry and Mary Herl” on 05/30/2020

We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our heart and prayers go out to you all.

Left by  “Phil & Jane Ryan” on 05/30/2020

Jan, Brandon, Ryan, Kay, Susan and all of your family, May you feel the love and prayers in this time of sadness that is being poured over you by so many. Bill was a great man and will be missed by all.

Left by  “Philip and Juanita Kleckner” on 05/30/2020

Jan and Family our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Left by  “Bucky&karen snow ” on 05/30/2020

Sorry for your loss Knowning DAD & Son still together again looking down on family an friends

Left by  “Dale and Joyce Sherman” on 05/30/2020

So sorry Jan, Kay and Susan for the loss of your husband and brother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time.

Left by  “Diann and Ray Turner” on 05/30/2020

Hugs and prayers to Jan and family. He truly will be missed by our community.

Left by  “Sue Wadsworth” on 05/30/2020

Jan and Family, so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Left by  “Kim and Justina Blanco” on 05/30/2020

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all . . .

Left by  “Hank and Suzan Miraldi” on 05/30/2020

Words alone cannot express our most sincere condolences and sympathy with the passing of Bill.

Left by  “Brenda Gilbert & Chelsey Roberts” on 05/30/2020

Dear Jan and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time!!

Left by  “Walt & Deb Weir” on 05/29/2020

Thoughts and Prayers to Family. He was such a wonderful person and so helpful whenever I stopped to get anything at the hardware store. He will be missed by everyone in the community.

Left by  “Bob Herman” on 05/29/2020

I first met Bill around 1980 when we were trying to get the FTVFD established and about a dozen of our first members were invited to join CVFD to advance training. Last saw Bill about a month ago at the store getting dog licenses. He was a great all around person. RIP Chief we will take it from here.

Left by  “Dawn Huston Rider” on 05/29/2020

I’m so very sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you all.

Left by  “Julie Williamson ” on 05/29/2020

May he Rest In Peace! I am very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man.

Left by  “David and Beth Dunham ” on 05/29/2020

Jan, Brandon, and Ryan, Our thoughts and prayers are going out to you all. Bill was a good man and will be missed.

Left by  “Sandy Fetzner” on 05/29/2020

Jan and family, you have my thoughts and prayers...He will be missed...

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