Messages in memory of Joe Kennedy R I P 9 March 2005


With regret, I have to inform you of the death of Joe Kennedy on 9 March

2005, at the age of 86 years.  My father died peacefully at St Quentin's care

home, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.  He had been staying there for nearly 4 years,

after suffering disabling strokes.


The funeral will be in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 22 March.


You may have read the e-mail I circulated on 18 Feb. about Joe and his time

at Kirkby.


With best wishes,

Frank Kennedy



Dear Frank:


Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of your Father. I

have very vague memories of him, since I was probably only about 7-8

years old when I last met him, but I remember he and your Mother used

to live in one of the huts close to the playing fields (our hut was at

the "top end" of the College, close to the fence not far from the

main entrance). I'm not sure whether any of your (subsequently) large

family were born at the time.


It must be a very difficult time for you all, especially your Mother.

Please pass on our best wishes to her and all your siblings. You are all

in our prayers. May he rest in peace.


Kindest wishes

Frank Moorhead




Dear Frank,


I am very sad to learn that your beloved father has passed away. He was my

favourite lecturer in Kirkby. He was always very kind and helpful to his students.


Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to your mother and



I will pray for his soul. May he rest in peace.


Warmest regards.


Yours sincerely,

Leslie Foo See Jork




Dear Frank,


I was very distressed to hear of the passing of your beloved father.

My deep condolences to you, your mother and your siblings.

I recall with great affection the kindness, hospitality and the very

caring attitude of your late father, a man always with a gentle smile.

I remember that about two years ago I wrote to your mother from whom I

learned regrettably that Joe had not been well and was in a nursing

home. Your mother visited him, I recall from her reply, practically

every day. I also expressed in my letter to your mother my great

admiration for a man, a teacher and a friend who had the stirling

qualities of utmost commitment to work, deep human understanding and

constantly enquiring the welfare of other people especially that of

his students. As a young man then, I learnt a lot from his passion for

work, devotion to duty and his great smile.

May he rest in peace.

Best wishes to you all.


Chiam Tah Wen

Kirkby 1954-1956 & 1962.