KENNEDY, DOROTHY AILEEN (nee JONES)
October 24, 1921- January 17, 2020
It is with great sadness the family of Dorothy Aileen Kennedy (nee Jones) announce her peaceful passing on January 17, in her 99th year.
The daughter of George and Edna Allan Jones, Dorothy was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on October 24,1921. Her father was working on the construction of the Welland Canal when the work resumed after the end of the Great War. Her family returned home to the Ottawa area while she was a small child; she grew up in the village of Cumberland along with her younger brothers Creswell and Fred. During the Second World War “Jonesie” proudly worked at Royal Canadian Naval Headquarters in Ottawa. She married Dr. I.F “Bus” Kennedy residing briefly in Lanark, then in Cumberland and Ottawa for the rest of her very long life.
Dorothy is survived by her beloved brother Fred Jones (Amy), daughters Ann and Carol (Danny), grandchildren Robin (Caldwell), Curtis (Stephanie), Laura (Brad), Mark (Jessica), and Sean (Katey) and great grandchildren, Marlon and Gracey. Dorothy also leaves behind dear Caldwell cousins, John and Helen Jean of Carp, and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy will be fondly remembered by her family for her great interest in sports, a passion she shared with her father, who first began taking her to hockey games as a young girl in the old “Aud” in downtown Ottawa . As a young woman she skated, skied and spent many summer days swimming and boating in the Ottawa river, but what she really loved, was to cheer on others.
Dorothy was a decades long loyal season ticket holder for the Rough Riders (a staunch “SouthSider”), a long time fan of Formula 1 Racing, and she loved her Sens. She knew more about hockey than most sports analysts.
As a mom, she was always supportive and loving. Mum was there for us through thick and thin. She was our best friend.
We were spoiled by her baking: her scrumptious pies and other desserts, which she would often eat for breakfast. Her sweet tooth certainly had no negative effect on her longevity of life!
She was a loving and doting grandmother (she spoiled us) who always kept a full drawer of art supplies and our favourite treats in stock. Some of our fondest memories are of helping her bake apple pies, her long overnight stays, her incredible and elaborate Easter baskets, lovingly put together for each individual grandchild, and going to Riders games with her, no matter the weather.
She was an enthusiastic and steadfast supporter of her grandchildren’s assorted talents, interests and sports endeavours, happily frequenting innumerable equestrian arenas, soccer pitches, ball diamonds and hockey rinks to proudly cheer them on. Nothing could stop her from being her grandchildren’s number one fan, not even a dislocated shoulder at the start of a game! For years she supported many wildlife, animal rescues and children’s charities. But what filled her heart the most was her family. She was tough as nails, yet warm and sweet, and she loved to laugh- she was the life of the party always.
With much love and thanks, Nanna, Grandma, aka “Grandma Goose”.
Dorothy, beloved by her family, will be greatly missed. She was a woman of faith; granted a long life, she has gone home.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) on Wednesday, January 22 from 1-3pm and 6-8pm.
Her family thanks Ann W, for compassionate care, as well as Lyne L. and the staff from Bayshore for their excellent care and support.
Instead of flowers, please donate in Dorothy’s name to the Ottawa Humane Society or the Salvation Army.