1947 – 2016
Thompson – James P.L. “Jay” Kenney, 68, of Old Route 12, died Saturday June 18, 2016 at UMASS University Hospital. Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late Harold Michael Kenney, Sr. and Anne Veronica (Fitzgerald) Kenney.
Jay attended Assumption Preparatory School, and later received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University in St. Leo, FL.
Mr. Kenney taught French and History at Marianapolis Preparatory School for 25 years. He taught French for five years at Ledyard High School. He also served as the department head of both Spanish and French at Southbridge High School. A proud French teacher, he took great pride in organizing trips to France for both students and adults each year.
Mr. Kenney served as the Democratic Registrar of Voters and as the Treasurer of Democratic Town Committee in Thompson. He was the former high sheriff of Windham County. Known as “The Mayor of Mechanicsville,” he fought to keep Sacred Heart Church open. Each year, he religiously put flowers on the graves of his friends and relatives. He enjoyed spending his summers on Webster Lake.
Jay is survived by his sisters, Glennyce Kenney and her longtime companion Walter Rafferty of Worcester, MA, and Justine Marshall of Barrington, RI; and several nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, the late Harold Michael Kenney, Jr.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jay’s family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home Friday, June 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St, North Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.