Michael J. Kennedy, Jr., 87, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022.
Mike was born in Red Bank and was a life-long resident of the Red Bank-Middletown area. He was a 1953 graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, received a degree in Economics from St. Peter’s College, an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and completed several Doctoral level courses at Pace University. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Third Marine Air Wing from 1953 to 1956 when he received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant. He joined Citibank in 1960 and was a graduate of the New York State Bankers’ Association’s Executive Development Program. During his 35-year career with the bank, he held several managerial positions ranging from having responsibilities for the bank’s operations staffs in offices in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and Long Island to calling on major corporate customers in the Mining and Metals field. Prior to retiring in 1995, he was a Vice President/Director in charge of security for the bank’s 250 branch offices in the New York metropolitan area. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, he became an advocate for awareness of the disease. He was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for many years, and served on the George Sheehan Classic race committee for several years with the hope of making the race a vehicle for publicizing prostate cancer. He loved playing golf with his brothers and long-term friends although “breaking a hundred” was a cause for celebration with the “19th hole” frequently being the best part of the round. He was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, attended countless Red Bank Catholic athletic events, and enjoyed getting together for lunch with his high school classmates, as well as helping to organize many class reunions. Following the death of his wife in 2012, Mike moved to the Atrium in Red Bank. He enjoyed many happy years there and made many good friends. He served as the Treasurer, then President of the Resident’s Association, participated in many activities including his favorite, the writer’s group, and created a legacy with his invention of “The Shuffleboard World Series”. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, the former June Lynn Lamoreaux, his parents Mary and Michael Kennedy, his sisters Katherine Harding and Mary Vittetoe and brothers Robert Kennedy and John Kennedy. His survivors include his three daughters and three son-in laws: Lynne Kennedy and Jerry Donnelly of Brick, Lorraine and Jeff Bowcock of Bel Air, Maryland, and Laura and Paul Longo of Middletown, his five grandchildren- Emily Shea, Declan Kennedy, Steven Andreatch and his wife Meagan, Gregory Bowcock, and Gabrielle Longo. He is also survived by his close friend Patricia Sowley, as well as his beloved cats, Reggie and Diddy. Family and friends may visit Sunday, July 17th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 18th at 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724.