Pasadena Mourns the Death of John J. Kennedy

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D.T. Carson

Heartfelt tributes poured in from everywhere after hearing of the sudden death of beloved Pasadena District 3 Councilmember John J. Kennedy.

Ironically, Kennedy, 61, had just been reelected to his seat in June with a 58.9% victory over his challenger, Brandon Lamar.

In a statement released by the City of Pasadena, Kennedy was lauded for his tireless service since 2013.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we share news of the passing of beloved District 3 Councilmember John J. Kennedy. Councilmember Kennedy was a long-standing staple in our community and he will be greatly missed.

“During his tenure on City Council, he was chair of the Public Safety Committee, served on the Finance Committee, and was one of three City representatives to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. He served on a variety of local boards, including the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, the Pasadena Police Foundation, and the Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA. He was an ardent supporter of affordable housing, paying workers a liveable wage, and hiring locally.

Said Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo, “John Kennedy loved Pasadena and the people of Pasadena. He worked hard every day to make Pasadena a better place for everyone. He dedicated himself to helping others, and we are all better off because of his efforts. his was a life well-lived.”

“While we are all deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and college, John Kennedy, we should always remember and celebrate his many accomplishments and contribution to our city and beyond.”

At the request of Mayor Gordo and City Council, flags at all City facilities were lowered to half-staff in tribute to Kennedy, who was born and bred in Pasadena.

“His love of the city of Pasadena was palpable, and his dedication to public service and to his city is unparalleled,” noted L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to a scholarship fund held in the name of the Kennedy family at the Pasadena Community Foundation.

Information about services for Kennedy was forthcoming.

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