Thomas Moore Kennedy

August 21, 1940 to November 25, 2022


With sadness for our loss but grateful for his long life we announce the passing of Thomas Moore Kennedy following a brief and serious illness.  He left us gently and quietly, just as he lived his life. Tom turned 82 in August. Tom was born in Curling, Newfoundland, to Rose Anne Moore Kennedy and Francis Richard Kennedy on August 21, 1940. He was educated at St. Bonaventure’s College and Memorial University while growing up in St. John’s. He was a beloved pharmacist and community leader and practiced Pharmacy until his 77th year having counted millions of pills and delivering thousands of Rx. He touched so many lives with compassion and no judgement and supported the most vulnerable in our community. In 1997 Tom was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia for his life commitment to pharmacy and community. Presented to pharmacists in North America, it recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and who take active roles in their communities. He worked in Labrador City and St. John’s and was the owner of Kennedy’s Family Drugs in Bay Bulls.

In 1962 he married Lorraine Martin. They loved each other for 42 years and raised five children and, shared the joy of seven grandchildren until her passing in 2004. So many memories from Maxse St., Bay Bulls and Port Blandford.

For the past 12 years Tom shared his life with his wife Mary Donovan. How lucky they each were to find love again. They shared a wonderful adventure together… travelling, golfing, gardening, and volunteer work in the company of family and wonderful friends.

Tom will be deeply missed by his children and their partners: Catherina Kennedy and Paul Kelly, Neysa Kennedy Dumas and Jean Claude Dumas, Tanya Kennedy Wall and Gordon Wall, Thomas and April Kennedy, Douglas Kennedy and Sarah Young, and son in law Garry Wall.

He loved his greatest joys, his grandchildren and their partners, with his entire heart: Ciaran Kelly, Kate Wall and Jesse Barker, Thomas Wall, Alexander Kennedy, Cameron Kennedy, Gavin Wall and Nikita Harvey, and Jack Kennedy and Abby Murphy.

Tom was loved and will be missed by Mary’s son, daughter and her partner, and grandchildren: Brian Donovan, Karen Donovan and Herb Ivany, and, grandchildren who knew him as Mr. Tom, Spencer Ivany and Madison Donovan.

One of nine children Tom was predeceased by his brothers Michael and Francis and brother-in-law Edward Fahey.  He is dearly loved by his sisters and, brothers and sisters in law: Alice and John Abbott, Rosemary Fahey, Roberta Kennedy-Gillespie; Betty Lou and Patrick Kennedy, Marilyn Kennedy, Cathy and Bill O’Keefe, Tessie Kennedy, Tess Kennedy and Betty Lou Martin.

Tom was blessed in his life with the love and friendship of so many nieces and nephews and cousins in Canada and the United States.  He was heartbroken at the passing of his niece Libby Abbott Holwell.

Tom’s message to Mary:

“People are lucky to love once in their lifetime.  I am so happy to have found love twice.”

Tom’s family will welcome visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Freshwater Rd. on Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm. (please wear a mask)

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, November 30, at The Basilica of St. John the Baptist at 11:00am.

Donations gratefully accepted in Tom’s name to: The Cardiac Care Program at the Health Care Foundation

Thank you to the medical staff of 4 West at St. Clare’s, especially Tori and Sherry.  We will not forget your exemplary care and kindness.



1-4 p.m. on November 28, 2022

7-9 p.m. on November 28, 2022

1-4 p.m. on November 29, 2022

7-9 p.m. on November 29, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Wednesday November 30th

The Basilica of St. John the Baptist


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Doug and Family,

Deepest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


He was a kind gentleman.
Mary had a good eye.
They brought light into a room.
Thank you.

Just learned that Mr. Kennedy has passed and wanted to share my thanks for all he did and for who he was.

I worked at O’Mara Martin Drug Store for two years (’83-’85) and learned so much from Mr. Kennedy. He was knowledgeable, kind, supportive and practical with everyone who entered the store, especially vulnerable people. He was a leader who built community, always caring about how people were doing.

Thinking of his family and how proud he always was. What a credit each of you are to him, the best in him lives on.

Hold each other and your best memories close. Peace.

Catherina, so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time
Barry & Glenda Wilkins

Tom and April, I only just learned of Tom’s passing, please accept my sincere condolences I have known Tom since 1966 when we both worked at Woolworths, he was indeed a wonderful person, whom I was so blessed to know
Take strength in your memories, God Bless

Walt Somerton

Catherina & Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.
I hope the wonderful memories of the experiences you all shared will give you some peace during this difficult time.
Linda Coles

So sorry to hear about his death. We had many good times together growing up in St. John’s and the Goulds. He had a good life doing what he loved.
Au revoir

Mary and the Kennedy Family
We are so saddened to hear that Tom has passed. We know how much you loved each other and can well imagine what a tragic loss this is for you. We have known Tom for many years and remember him as a kind gentleman who was a great pharmacist and was good to everybody. We always looked forward to his chats after Mass at Corpus Christi and enjoyed his company.. Please accept our deepest sympathies at this sad difficult time.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Tom’s family during this difficult time.
He will be remembered as a kind gentleman, always ready with a new joke. He was a great story teller and he will be missed by us both..

Condolences to the family Tom was a pleasure to talk with wonderful person gone to soon may he RIP

Mary, Betty Lou and family,

Please accept my condolences on your great loss.

Lorraine Angelopoulos

Mary, Betty Lou and family,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved partner and brother.

So very sorry for your loss. My mom and I loved going to see Mr. Kennedy as we called him. He was a gentleman and a scholar.. May he rest in peace.

Tom, and April , Tanya, and Gord and sons, and to all the large extended Kennedy family;
I’ve been thinking of you all this week as you honor your beloved father, brother, grandfather. Although I had not met Tom senior, I’d heard your stories of what a wonderful man he was. He has touched your lives and shaped each of you by his kind character and love. My sincere condolences to you all.

So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother Betty Lou. My condolences to you and your family.

Tom was a kind good man
over the years he has been very kind to our family
ou love to all

Catherine and Family. I was saddened to read of your dad’s passing. I have known your Dad since Woolworth days and of course your late mom. Both very special people !!!!! Sending sincere condolences. I will leave you with this quote although I don’t recall the author. “ To lives in the hearts of those we love is to never die” Hopefully these words will bring you some comfort during these difficult days , now and in the days ahead. Maude Peach


To Mr. Kennedy’s family.
I have known Mr. Kennedy for many years. I can honestly say he was the sweetest, kindest gentleman I have had the pleasure knowing. No words can express the kindness he has shown the Southern Shore.
If our mom was with us today she ( Mary Lundrigan) she would be heartbroken.
Mr. Kennedy sure was a true friend and pharmacist to our mom. Hod Bless and RIP Mr. Kennedy you will never be forgotten.

Pamela Ennis (Lundrigan)

My heart goes out to all of you on this very hard goodbye. I was lucky to meet Tom and all of you as a teenager… He was smart, kind and generous and has left an everlasting legacy of family, service and most of all, love. Big hugs and my love to all as you navigate this loss. xoxo

Catherina, I am so sorry to learn of your fathers passing. Loss is never easy and please know I am thinking of you and your family.

Mary and the Kennedy Family::
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Tom. What a beautiful tribute to him on reading his obituary. His contribution to this world is evident. He will be truly missed. May the memories you shared get you through this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Tom.
Kevin & Barbara Tapper
Milton ON

To the Kennedy family.
I am so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. As you know, Tom managed my drugstore on Rawlins Cross. He was an outstanding manager but even a more outstanding man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I cherish his memory.

I am truly saddened learning of Tom’s passing. Having gotten to meet him when we bowled together at Plaza Bowl in the Corpus Christi league, he was so kind and a great sport! I know how much he meant to you and you to him. Love is such a gift. And for you both to have found that gift twice in a lifetime is so very special. Hold tight to all the wonderful memories you created. They will help sustain you in these hard times. Thoughts and prayers for you and the entire family. Such an amazing life and legacy.

Neysa, Kate, Thomas and the Kennedy family, please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your father and grandfather. We have fond memories of chatting with him at Christmas and school gatherings. Such a devoted family man while still making such contributions to his profession and community. No doubt he will be greatly missed. Hold fast to wonderful memories and draw strength from the love and support of family and friends. Sincerely, Jim & Michelle Hickey

My dearest Mary I am so sorry for your loss, no words can express. Tom was the kindest, sweetest, gentlest man God put on this earth, & a blessing to anyone who knew him! He loved you so emmensely and that was so very evident in everything he did and said about you. I hope this gives you some comfort. Prayers and hugs from both Steve & I. Xoxo

Dear Cathy, Bill and Family,
I am so very sorry to learn of your dear Brother’s passing. Your tribute to Bob is very lovely; he clearly led a remarkable life. I’m sure he will be greatly missed by his Family and Friends. My sincere condolences. 💐🥰

Kathy and family;

We were sorry to learn of your brother’s passing.
Based on his obituary, he had a very full life.
Thinking of you during this difficult time.

John Abbott & Colleen Hanrahan

The greatest effect of fine persons isn’t felt until after they’ve left your presence. Tom had a profound positive effect on thousands of people. Up until recent months , Tom would come to my office and we would chat for hours about our shared passion for collectibles, during this time he would always share stories about his family and his love for them was obvious. Tom was a great friend to our family during his years as Pharmacist in Bay Bulls and was always ready to extend credit where needed. He was a kind and quality human being. Sincerest Condolences.

My deepest condolences to Doug , Cathernina.,and the entire Kennedy family at this difficult time. Tom. I hope you find peace as your are reunited with Lorraine.

Mr. Kennedy was a kind and caring person, and will be remembered well by all. I will miss our visits to you and Mary..

God Bless, Me. Kennedy

Dear Alice, Mary and the entire Kennedy Family. So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and our prayers at this most difficult time. May Tom Rest In Peace,
Pierre & Biddy OKeefe
Tors Cove

Mr. Kennedy was always so very kind and helpful to my mom. I did not know him personally but I did know of his kindness, helpfulness and humorous ways from my mom. She had great respect for him. My condolences to all.

Gail Bidgood / Catherine Bidgood.

Mr. Kennedy was always so very kind and helpful to my mom. I did not know him personally but I did know of his kindness, helpfulness and humorous ways from my mom. She had great respect for him. My condolences to all.

Gail Bidgood / Catherine Bidgood.

Catherina, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Cherish the love and memories. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time.

Sincere condolences to the Kennedy family, Tom was an amazing man and always there to help in anyway he could, he will surely be remembered by those who knew for his kindness and generosity. RIP TOM

To Aunt Alice and family, sincere condolences on the passing of Tom. May he rest in peace.

Deepest condolences to Mary and the rest of Tom’s family. He will be missed for his kind ways, awful jokes and positive approach to life !

Catherina and family,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your father Tom. He was a very kind man and I remember him fondly from when I lived on Monkstown Road and he was the pharmacist at the drugstore at Rawlin’s Cross. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Liz Greene Whitten

My heart goes out to the Kennedy family. Ton was a fine man and I cherished the time I got to work for him at the drugstore. He was a man of humor, understanding and faith . All who knew him will feel the sorrow of his passing.

On behalf of the entire pharmacy community, the Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL), extends sincere condolences to the Kennedy family on Tom’s passing. He was a much loved and well-respected pharmacist and community leader who will be greatly missed.

Aunt Mary,
So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts at this difficult time. It sounds like Tom lived a life full of love and I hope your memories bring you peace in the tough days ahead.
Jennifer and Peter

There are kind and sweet people you have the pleasure to meet in life and then there are kind and sweet people who happen to be your Uncle…and there are kind, sweet Uncle’s who happen to be your Godfather…and this kind, sweet Uncle who gave you free hockey cards as a kid and once wrote, “Have a loonie of a time on your birthday”, then taped loonies all over your card and always smiled and hugged you when you saw him. The best memories. I’m going to miss Uncle Tom dearly. Sending all my love and condolences to his kind and sweet family. ❤️

Sincere condolences to all the Kennedy family.
Tom’s passing makes the list of great men shorter.

So sorry to hear this…Tom Kennedy in Bay Bulls was a godsend…he helped so many people ..myself included..he had a heart of gold and a smile to match…my condolences to the family…Fly high with the angels Tom…and May You Rest in Perfect Peace…

Mary, so sorry to here of Tom’s passing my condolences go out to you and all the family!

Just reading Tom’s passing–There’s brrn many many yearssince we last met–Our Two children went to school with Some of the Kennedy children–Tom was always a very fine person SOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS–GOD BLESS– JIM//Wife Nelia Campbell, ST. john’s NFLD.

My deepest condolences to the entire Kennedy family on Tom’s passing. Tom was an exceptional leader and community member. I can recall so many memories of interacting with Mr. Kennedy, and each one of them is full of respect and admiration for him. He made our community a better place, and I will always remember the valuable life lessons he taught me.
Lisa Baker (Saunders)

To All The Family,
So sorry to hear of Mr. K’s passing. He was one of the kindest people I know. A Gentlemen among Men for sure.
Rest Easy and God Speed Mr. K . Your compassion and kindest will forever be remembered by many and especially those who had the privilege to work for you and most especially along side you!!!
Condolences to all the Family.
Lovingly remembered,


To those mourning the loss of Tom, especially his wife Mary and his children and grandchildren, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Tom was one of the first people I met when I emigrated to here 42 years ago. His kindness and warm friendship played a great part in enabling me to settle happily into my new surroundings and , as he followed his own dream he stayed in touch and reached out many times. Warm, kind, sincere and genuine. That was Tom.
Veronica and I are very saddened by this news.
We hope the warmth Tom radiated throughout his good life will help you all in your time of loss.
Steve and Veronica Walker

Larry and I are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. A very kind and gentle man. After we returned from Italy one year Tom introduced me to Vivaldi’s music, giving me a CD that I keep in my car. Despite being musically challenged, I listen to it often, especially when I want to lift my spirits, but I have to be careful I don’t drive off the road with the passion and joy of this music..
Larry loved his presence on the guy’s get-away golf trips to Mont Tremblant.
We are still in AZ but hope to see you Mary when we are home for Christmas.. Condolences to all of his family.
Tish Kelsey & Larry Moores

Mary, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Deepest condolences to you and all the family

Betty Lou- Very sorry for the loss of your brother.My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Condolences to you aunt Mary, and family. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time.
Love michelle, Brian, Brandon and Kaitlyn xo.

I would like to extend sincere condolences to the family! Mr. Kennedy was such a true gentleman! So kind and helpful all his life! He was our pharmacist for many years and so helpful always going over and beyond always! He was one of a kind! Rest easy Mr. Kennedy! Bless you all ❤️🙏🤗

Catherina and family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your father. We remember him as a wonderful man. May he Rest In Peace. Pearl & Ed Grant

Catherina, Neysa, Cathy and Bill and Toms extended family we wish to send our sincere condolences to you all. Tom was a wonderful friend, supporter and Board Chair of Allied Youth in NL. Thank you for sharing him with us. Thinking of you all.
Peter and Ellen Chalker

Dear Mary and the Kennedy family:
We were very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Tom was a quiet wise and caring person. We have fond memories of chats over a brew or two.
Our thoughts are with you. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Dee and Nina.

To the Kennedy family, our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Kennedy. He was a very caring and kind gentleman.

Mary, I’m so sorry to hear on Toms passing, he will be missed, sending deepest regards to you and the entire family.

sorry to hear about Tom-Brian

Lisa and I were so sad to hear the news about Tom. He was a wonderful uncle to Sean and warmly welcomed Lisa into the Kennedy family. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

I was saddened to learn the news about Mr. Kennedy. Tom was a wonderful fella and he will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

Roberta and family – so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Please accept our prayers and condolences.
Paul & Sue

Mary, and Kennedy and Donovan families,
I am so very sorry to read of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Sending deepest regards to the entire Kennedy family.

For Thomas Martin Kennedy and family, everyone at Astro Hill was saddened to hear of your father’s passing. We send lots of love and care to you all in this time and offer below a small poem of what he might say to you all.

A Letter From Heaven

When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today;
While thinking of the many things
We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you;
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.

When tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here in your heart.

-David M Romano

Mary and all the Kennedy family,
Sincere sympathy on Tom’s passing, cherish the memories and celebrate a life well lived.
May he rest in peace!
Sincerely, Anna Gough Power

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Mr. Kennedy. He was always so kind, pleasant and thoughtful. A true gentleman.

Mary and members of the Kennedy family especially Alice who was in my cardiac rehab class some five years ago. I’ve known Tom since our days at St. Bon’s though he was a few years ahead of me..
He always presented himself as a gentleman, caring and thoughtful. I have been a volunteer at VOWR over forty years. About thirty years ago while out for a lunch break walk I ran into Tom, after a pleasant chat he reached into his pocket and gave me a very generous donation for the station.. He said you. Look after this for me. He was the. Salt of the earth. May Tom’s gentle soul rest in God’s eternal peace.

Kevin & Cathy

Neysa and Family … So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing… I have wonderful memories of him when he would fill in at Trans Canada Drugs …. he was definitely a true gentleman… keeping you in my thoughts and prayers… big hugs 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

To the Kennedy Family,
Carl and I send our deepest condolences to you at this time. on the loss of your Dad, Pop and Brother.
We were both so fond of Tom. He was such a wonderful man to his family and to his community..
Sincere sympathy to you all and especially to my Mercy classmate Cathy and your family for your loss.
We would also like to extend our most sincere Sympathy to Mary on the loss of your wonderful husband and friend.. We are all better for having known Tom.
Best regards,
Joan Marie Aylward and Carl Thompson

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.
Our sincere condolences.
Nancy & John Bursey

Mary and family
Please accept my sincere condolences
You are in my thoughts and prayers

I worked with Tom at Water St. PharmaChoice, he was the sweetest man ever. Condolences to all of Tom’s family, may be rest in peace.

My sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful father! He sure was a great man and so well respected in our community of Bay Bulls. Rest easy Mr. Kennedy.

TO Neysa and the Kennedy family
My deepest condolences .Tom was a very kind and supportive person. I remember dealing with Tom on a regular basis .After the birth of my daughter in 1995 .He knew everything and I trusted him with any needs of my daughter .Always a friendly smile . If I needed cream formula he advised. Amazing Man. RIP Tom

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of mr Kennedy as I have known him from years ago at Rawlings cross pharmacy and later years when I moved to bay bulls at Kennedy pharmacy in bay bulls. He was a kind and gentle man. Keep your memories close to your heart

On behalf of my Uncle Tom and myself I would like to say how saddened we are at the loss of Tom. He was a wonderful person and will be truly missed.
Our condolences to Toms family.
God bless you all.
Tom and Marilyn Coady, York St. ❤️

I am deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Kennedy’s passing as he always meant a great deal to me. He was a kind and gentle man who would do anything for the people around him. I consider myself blessed to have known such an amazing person and I will always be thankful for the things he did for me. My condolences to all the family, of whom I have also been blessed to know. I wish I were there to give each and everyone of you a hug. There is no question that his memory will live on through the rest of his family, as I can say first hand, that they too portray the kindness and thoughtfulness that Mr. Kennedy consistently showed. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Thinking of you at this time. Please accept my deepest condolences

Mary,so sorry for your loss.Deepest condolences to you and Tom,s family.

Mary, our thoughts and love are with you during this difficult time. We wish we were home to give you a hug !!! Remember all the good times with Tom and hold your memories close to your heart. Hugs to you and your family.
RIP Tom !!!

Beth and Dwight

He was a fine man, who welcomed everyone with a smile. He leaves a fine family legacy and will be greatly missed.

Tom was a wonderful first cousin. We remember him with such fond memories.. our deepest condolences to Mary and the Kennedy family.
Brenda Turner

So sad to hear of the passing of your father, Cat.
Deepest sympathies,
Renée and Paul Antle