Timothy Patrick Kennedy, 63

OSWEGO, NY – Timothy Patrick Kennedy, 63, of Oswego passed away Monday morning November 17, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

Timothy Patrick Kennedy
Timothy Patrick Kennedy

Born in Dannemora, NY, he was the son of the late Edgar and Celeste (Ryan) Kennedy, and graduated from Plattsburgh State.

Timothy was a sixth grade teacher with the Hannibal Central School District for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Margaret S. Cavanaugh; son, Michael (Jennifer) of Oswego; daughters, Kathleen of Los Angeles and Meghan of Charlotte; grandson, Daniel of Oswego; sisters, Margaret and Nancy of Lancaster and Mary-Ellen of Delmar; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends, some lifelong, some new, all cherished.

Tim led an active life within the school system, volunteering his time for after-school activities, including tutoring and sports.

His quick wit and sense of humor, along with his trivia knowledge, entertained his friends and family and made him a joy to be around, causing many people to gravitate towards him.

TK was a good man.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St. Oswego.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Oswego County Hospice.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com


  1. He always had a smile on his face and I will always remember the affect he had on the students. He was an awesome teacher and a great person to talk to. R. I. P. Mr. Kennedy, prayers and thoughts with the whole family.

  2. TK was a great man. He could be both infuriatingly annoying when he was riding your behind when you did something he didn’t agree with and then, in a moment, he could turn a phrase and make you literally laugh out loud with his observations about life.

    I had the pleasure/extreme learning experience of student teaching with him in 1996. I arrived from a first placement in a warm and fuzzy kindergarten classroom. Talk about jumping from the frying pain into the fire! TK’s motto may well have been, “If you can survive me, then you can survive any teaching experience.” That was true.

    Years later someone found the recommendation that he wrote about my ability to be a teacher as they were cleaning out his file cabinet after he retired. It was passed on to me and I read it with tears in my eyes because I was amazed. He eloquently described my time in his classroom and praised me up and down. He wouldn’t ever have said those words to me out loud but the fact that he thought them, wrote them down, and shared them with others who did hire me made me stop on a dime.

    I was hired in Hannibal in 2000 after teaching for three years prior in Catholic school. I strongly believe that my time in Hannibal and TK’s words had an enormous impact on being labeled as the “chosen one” out of the dozens of candidates who applied for the same position.

    I was hired to teach in the same building that I had student taught in and I saw TK every day. He was loud, he “busted” on his students, he loved his dodge ball, he loved his buddy LaMont, and they made all sorts of food concoctions that often stunk up the teachers’ room.

    Years and years after being hired and receiving that recommendation that he wrote, I called him on the phone and told him that I was holding in my hand what he had typed out so many years before. We had the most wonderful conversation and he told me that I had done an exceptional job and that I was a good teacher.

    Thanks TK; I learned from you.

  3. Tim will truly be missed. He touched the hearts of so many. My deepest sympathy to Peg and your family.

  4. My condolences to the Kennedy Family & all the Friends whose lives he touched……..Tim was a Great Guy & Fun to work with Always……. most especially in my final years at Kenny…..R.I.P. Big Guy.

  5. Not only did I have the pleasure of Mr. Kennedy as a teacher – I was truly blessed to have him as my children’s teacher as well. What a wonderful teacher, friend and role model. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family

  6. Peggy, I am so very sorry for what you and your whole family are going through. My sincere thoughts and condolences to you all.

  7. Mr. Kennedy will be very missed he was a good guy i remember how great of a teacher you where when i was in the middle school and things like that but still i will miss you lots my thoughts and prays are with the whole Kennedy family i hope i will be there for the calling hours if i don’t have anything going on

  8. TK fought a good fight, and his last day at Kenney School, the entire student body and staff were outside to wave to him and honor him for his years of teaching. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  9. Sad to hear. Appreciated the times spent across the hall in Mr. LaMont’s room and the endless dodgeball games they supervised. Hannibal School has lost another great one. Thank you.

  10. Tim was a good MAN. From Thursday night basketball to golf at Griff’s, so many memories. Sorry I could not be there to say goodbye. Please do that for me.

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