Obituary: Hugh Kennedy P’05

Hugh Brian Kennedy died Monday at home, following a long illness.  The father of Brian Kennedy ’05 and Derek Kennedy ’05, he was 71.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, he was an international executive who worked for major multinational firms in Scotland and Ireland.  He relocated to the US in 1973, where he held executive human resources positions with corporations including Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Vintner’s International.  He later started his own wine importing venture, Avoca Wines.

Hugh was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a higher diploma in education and a master’s degree.

He also taught business management at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Connecticut.  Hugh enjoyed traveling, languages, scientific and political literature, and golf.

In addition to his twin sons, both recent graduates of Colorado College, he is survived by his wife Doreen; his son Julian of Clearwater, Fla.; his daughter Rachel of Santa Fe, N.M., born of his late wife, Maureen Davidson Kennedy of County Cavan, Ireland; and by his sister, Mary Louise Hughes of Sheffield, England.

Friends may visit tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 27), from 3 to 7 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk.  A funeral service will be held at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 Myrtle Ave., Westport, on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m.

Donations in Hugh’s ’s name may be sent to The Creuzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 5312, Akron, OH 44334 (click here), or Mid-Fairfield Hospice, PO Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.

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