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Nathaniel Kennedy

Nathaniel "Lefty" Kennedy

Sunday, April 21st, 1940 - Saturday, May 4th, 2019
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Obituary

On April 21, 1940, Nathaniel Kennedy (aka Lefty or Kennedy) was born to the parents of Ida Lee McCullough and Leroy Kennerly. Nathaniel was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He was one of five children. His siblings were Dorothy, Rovenner, Alvin, and Benjamin. Growing up, he played football as a quarterback. He would often state that the players on the field would try to break his legs because of how great he played. Nathaniel’s talents didn’t stop there. He was a self-taught drummer, singer, harmonica player and later taught himself to play the bass guitar. Some of his other hobbies were playing softball (as he was known as the home runner), watching western movies, and traveling with his bands throughout the years to play music. In his early 20’s he moved to New York City. Nathaniel’s life changed when he met Quinnie Wilson in South Carolina before going to New York. The two later married and gave birth to a perfect baby boy named Nathan Bernard Kennedy born on January 26, 1968. Nathaniel worked at New York City Housing Authority as a Supervisor for many years. He was very well liked and the neighborhood knew his name. He always took the time to talk to people and ask how he could help them. His infectious smile, laughter and taking care of everyone was the type of person he was daily. Later in his life, he met Lois Franco in the Bronx. The two married and gave birth to their joyful baby girl Natalie Rose Kennedy on November 26, 1984. Nathaniel lived in New York City for over 40 years and retired from housing. He relocated to Pennsylvania with Nancy DelValle and her four children.

Nathaniel was preceded in death by his mother, father, siblings (Dorothy and Alvin), and son Nathan. He leaves behind his brother, and sister (Rovenner and Benjamin). Also, he leaves behind his daughter Natalie, son-in-law Ernest Jones, daughter-in-law Lucia Martinez-Davis, four granddaughters Kayla, Ariana, Autumn, Ava, numerous family, and friends. We give thanks to Jerry, Debbie, Jackie, members of Identity Crisis Band, and family who cared and treated my father as family while he lived in Pennsylvania.

Nathaniel’s daughter would like everyone to know that her father always viewed life in a positive way. If we could learn one thing from him, it’s that he viewed people as humans regardless of their race or differences. We are to love one another and treat all people no different than what we would like to be treated. Let’s keep his legacy going!
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Sisto Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    3489 East Tremont Avenue
    BRONX, NY 10465
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Sisto Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    3489 East Tremont Avenue
    BRONX, NY 10465
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 7:30pm
    When
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 7:30pm
    Location
    Sisto Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    3489 East Tremont Avenue
    BRONX, NY 10465
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Saint Raymond's Cemetery
    Address
    2600 Lafayette Avenue
    BRONX, NY 10465
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    Interment will be held in The Elizabeth Ann Seton Section.

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Martin Trokan

Posted at 02:24pm
Nat was in Our Band "Yesterday Band" in the Poconos. He sang some Motown Songs and as being a Drummer myself I was able to Tap off the Energy he gave into each Song. I broke a drumhead one time and by the next Practice Session he gave me one of his and still am using it and will always keep it in my Yesterday Band Memorobelia. We have a Show coming up in August and in my Heart I will be playing it for Him. "Rock-n-Roll Heaven", Righteous Brothers is the Best Song Ever Composed.
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Joseph Del Valle Sr.

Posted at 09:52am
I will always be grateful to you for being a father to my children when I wasn't there for them. I couldn't thank you enough. God Bless your soul.
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Will & Sherry Krause

Posted at 06:40pm
I will always remember the good times, the sound of your voice and your beautiful personality. May heaven be your stage now my friend.
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Posted at 11:26am
Dear Nat Dear Friend Love Joe and Donna Ladore Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
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Michelle Kennedy

Posted at 10:27am
The world is a little less smooth and cool without you, Uncle Lefty
 
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Gil Jenkins Posted at 04:09pm

I just found out the News yesterday. This is my Uncle whom taught me everything I know about drumming. I am so sorry I did not get this information sooner. I just got back in town last night found out from my brother that my uncle pass away. I will miss you Lefty, R.I.P. Uncle Lefty, You will be missed .
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