Robert M. Kennan


Robert M. Kennan, 73, of East Hartford, Conn., died on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Hartford Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 57 years of Judith (Allen) Kennan.

The son of the late Rev. Arthur and Sigrid (Dahlroth) Kennan, Bob was born on December 11, 1939 in Boston. Later his father moved his family to Martha’s Vineyard where he took over the ministry at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury and the Federated Church in Edgartown. Bob met the love of his life, Judy Allen, a local Island girl. They later married and started their family on Martha’s Vineyard where Bob went on to work hard and also teach his children how to swim, fish, and Judy the basics of quahogging, one of their favorite family activities along with camping. As their family grew in size it was time to seek greater employment opportunities and he moved his young family off Island to start his career at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, where he went on to work 37 years until his retirement in 2003.

Bob and Judy have lived in East Hartford for the past 20 years. In his free time, Bob continued to enjoy fishing, camping, and loved being outdoors with Judy gardening. He also enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and New England Patriots. Bob practiced a life of dedication to both his family, whom he loved dearly, and his work. He was a man of high ideals and integrity.

Besides his wife Judith, Bob is survived by three children, Robert M. Kennan Jr. and his fiancée, Nancy Truskoski of Bristol, Conn., Richard Kennan and his wife, Patricia of Enfield, Heidi Rydzewski and her husband, Matthew of Vineyard Haven; two brothers, Erland Kennan of Sandwich and Norman Kennan and his wife Madelyn of Lynchburg, Virginia; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by three sons, Ronald, William, and Eric Kennan.

A funeral service will be held at 7 pm, Friday, July 19, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield. Bob’s family will receive relatives and friends prior to the service Friday evening from 5 to 7 pm. Burial Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.