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Date published: 5/24/2014

William F. Kennedy

William Francis "Nick" Kennedy, 83, departed this life on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Nick was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Baltimore, Md., to Francis R. Kennedy and Cecelia M. Trageser.

He attended the University of Maryland on a lacrosse scholarship and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. At the University of Maryland he met his wife, Bette.

Nick and Bette married in 1951 and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in 2013. He was a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran and a member of the Scabbard and Blaze Military Society. Nick had a long career as a successful pharmaceutical representative, retiring in 1992.

Nick and Bette settled in Fredericksburg in 1957, and were active in all aspects of the community. Nick was a respected and beloved coach of youth sports, co-founding the Rappahannock Swim League and coaching the College Heights Swim Team. He was also a coach for the Brooke Pointe High School lacrosse team. His positive influence on the young lives he touched went far beyond teaching the fundamentals of the sports; it remains among his proudest legacies.

Nick was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was instrumental in the acquisition of the property on Stafford Avenue for the current church.

In his later years, Nick enjoyed extensive travel with his wife, Bette, especially to Ireland and Italy. He delighted in time spent with his children and grandchildren at the annual family reunion, held at the beach, where he taught the new generation his body-surfing techniques.

In addition to Bette, he is survived by his children, Karen M. Kennedy, John M. Kennedy, Thomas V. Kennedy and Nancy Kennedy Speer; and his grandchildren, Maria Kennedy, Tara Thorpe, Ryan Speer, William Kennedy, Daniel Speer, Kathleen Kennedy-Wood, and Eleanor Kennedy-Wood.

A rosary will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with a visitation following until 8 p.m.

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow the service in Culpeper National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Joseph's Indian School, Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.