Joseph Kenney, 67, a longtime resident of Hopkinton, passed away on Oct. 29. Born in Buffalo, he was the son of Grace (Sarcino) Kenney of Northborough and the late John Kenney.
Joe grew up in Framingham and was a 1971 graduate of Framingham High School. For 39 years he was the loving husband of Linda E. (Whapham) Kenney of Hopkinton.
Besides his mother and his wife, Joe is survived by four children, Stephen Kenney and his wife, Laura, of Upton, Michelle Michienzi and her husband, Vincenzo, of Ashland, Laura Kenney and her fiancé, Brian Prescott, of Boston, and Sarah Kenney of Boston. He also leaves behind his brother, Sean Kenney and his wife, Lora, of Northborough. Joe loved being Grampy to his four grandchildren, Emma, Nolan and Avery Kenney, and Benjamin Michienzi. Joe is predeceased by his brother James Kenney and will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Joe was the owner of Imperial Landscaping of Hopkinton. A simple man, nothing was more important to Joe than his family. He is known for his compassion, kindness, wit and generosity.
Joe was a man who could say a lot in just a few words. Many will remember Joe for his prowess on the football and baseball fields while growing up in Framingham. He was a noted baseball, football and track and field athlete in both high school and college. Joe had a reputation for going above and beyond with family and friends, many of whom often looked to him for advice and support. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed attending the New England Patriots games and in his younger days, coaching and supporting his children’s sports. Joe was known for enjoying breakfast at diners, being outside in all kinds of weather, camping with family and friends and vacationing in Maine. He also enjoyed relaxing with travel on cruise ships with his wife and children. Joe especially loved working side by side with his son, Stephen, at his landscape business.
Joe is remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He also is remembered as a role model for his work ethic and values. Over the years he was strong and practical, and the kind of man who would always help if he was able. Joe was loved by many and we will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton (57 Hayden Rowe St.). A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church, with burial to follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Joe’s name to the American Diabetes Association. To share a memory or offer condolences, please visit the funeral home website.