William Thomas Kennedy, 75, of East Walpole, MA, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family on November 16, 2022, after a brief illness.
William (Bill) was born on January 12, 1947, to Anne and Walter Kennedy of Walpole, MA. Bill attended Walpole High School, studied at Boston College, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He went on to earn an MBA from Babson College, passed his CPA, and completed a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Washington School of Law. Bill was a member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. He had the opportunity to teach accounting to law students at Suffolk University and was the founding treasurer for the Norwood Meals on Wheels program. As a Certified Public Accountant, Bill owned a very successful accounting firm in Foxboro for over 47 years and enjoyed building relationships and providing his clients with outstanding service. In addition, Bill was a Bank Director at Foxboro Federal Savings Bank for 38 years.
Bill is predeceased by his parents and his brother James. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy Hemman Kennedy and three sons and their partners: Peter Kennedy and Mary Robson of Cary, NC, Charles and Audra Kennedy of Wrentham, MA and Greg and Jessica Kennedy of Hanover, MA. He is also survived by five beloved Kennedy grandchildren: Brenna, Alex, Braden, Grace, and Brooke. His extended family includes his brother-in-law Stephen Hemman and wife Carolyn and their children Jeff and Suzanne, his sister-in-law Mary Elinor Kennedy and her children Patrick and Elizabeth, and many wonderful cousins.
Together, Bill and Nancy created a beautiful marriage that lasted 54 years. The couple enjoyed traveling to Bermuda, exploring the many vineyards of Virginia, and yearly driving expeditions to destinations including Stowe, Vermont where they honeymooned and to North Carolina to spend time with their son, Peter.
One of Bill’s greatest passions was his lifetime love of golf. During college, he was a member of the Boston College Golf team. As a scratch golfer, Bill also enjoyed competing in local tournaments and held many golf course records. He was a patient teacher and often shared his knowledge of the game with others.
Bill’s most favorite time of the year was his annual vacation to Onawa, Maine with his extended family where he enjoyed completing challenging puzzles, boating, and hiking, large family dinners, and nightly competitive card games with whomever he could convince to play. He was an avid storyteller, had an affection for reminiscing about the good old days, and had a strong fondness for telling bad puns whenever he was given the chance.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Bill’s visitation on Monday, November 28, 2022, from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 10:30 AM in Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole. Interment will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Foxborough.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in William’s name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or at www.dana-farber.org/gift