George Paul Kennedy died on December 30 at the age of 94. He was born in Red Bank in 1921, the son of Patrick and Margaret Kennedy. He was a 1939 graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. He retired from government service in 1985 after 45 years. At the time of his retirement he was a Division Chief and headed the National Repositary of Engineering technical data at CECOM, Ft. Monmouth. He was awarded the Department of the Army Commanders Medal for Civilian Service.
He was a veteran of World War II and served in the US Coast Guard in New Guinea, The Philippines, and Okinawa. He received a direct commission in the Army National Guard and served with the 644th Tank Battalion. He was later assigned to a Mobilization Control Group and retired in 1981 with the rank of Major.
He was a former member and chairman of the Middletown Township Recreation Commission and former member and chair- man of the Middletown Township Planning Board and received the Good Citizenship Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179. He also held membership in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was a staff officer in Flotilla 2-6 Monmouth Beach. He retired in 2007. He was a member of the Central Jersey Chapter Retired Officers Association. He was a private pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; stepdaughters Diane Lange and her husband Raymond Wood of Eatontown and Donna Helhowski and her husband James of King of Prussia, Pa.; his sons, Paul and his wife Patt of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Mark and his wife Lise of Middletown and Scott and his wife Cheryl of Sun City, Ariz.; a sister, Regina (Jean) Mason of Little Silver; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Wood, Daniel Helhowski and his wife Kelly, Nicole Helhowski, Erica Kennedy and her husband David Kluck, Ali Kennedy, Phil Kennedy and Sean Kennedy; and two great-grandchildren, Elena Helhowski and Leah Kluck.
The memorial mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 2 at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Red Bank. There will be a private bur- ial to follow at a later date. The Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, is entrusted with the arrangements.
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