Philip Kennen

Philip Kennen

Monday, March 4th, 1940 - Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
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SPENCER- Philip E. Kennen, 81, passed away at the Lutheran Home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 after a brief illness. He was the son of Clayton Winthrop and Florence(Partridge) Kennen.

He was born on March 4th, 1940 in Worcester, MA. and was raised in Leicester. Philip was a graduate of Leicester High School and attended Leicester Jr. College before he enlisted in the Air Force. After his service in the Air Force he began working at David Clark Company on the Apollo project where he was involved in the testing and constructing of the spacesuits. After a brief stint at O.S. Walker in Worcester, he began working at Berlin Corp. in Shrewsbury for the remainder of  his career where he had the pleasure of traveling around the world. After his retirement, he enjoyed working at Klems in Spencer for many years.

Phil met the love of his life Barbara in seventh grade in Latin class. They were married in 1963. In 1965, they bought their forever home on beautiful Thompson Pond in Spencer,  where they raised their family. Phil enjoyed every minute of the lake life with his family!

He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Barbara (Stearns) Kennen. He leaves behind  4 children Thomas Kennen and his wife Margaret of Spencer, daughter Samantha Kennen of Provincetown,  daughter Michelle E. Kennen of Spencer, son Michael Kennen “Uncle Boo” and his wife Michelle A. of Spencer; 3 grandchildren Matthew Kennen, Travis and Julieianna Tong all of Spencer, a great grandson Chace Kennen of Spencer; his siblings Marilyn “Sis” (Kennen) Flavin, Bruce Kennen of Spencer and many nieces and nephews as well as his beloved dog Shadow.

The family would like to extend their thanks to all of the staff at the VA in Boston, Harrington Cancer Center, and the Lutheran Home.

Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, May 11,2021 from 5-7PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St Spencer. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11:00AM in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Pillsbury Funeral Home - Spencer
    163 Main St.
    SPENCER, MA 01562
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 11:00am
    Pillsbury Funeral Home - Spencer
    163 Main St.
    SPENCER, MA 01562
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  • Interment

    Worcester County Memorial Park
    Richmond Ave
    Paxton,ma, MA
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Lee Mcneaney

Posted at 09:32am
Dear Bruce & Marilyn,
I just learned that Philip had passed away. He was such a kind and thoughtful man. I remember the day that he came over to my Mom's house on Lake Lashaway to buy our pontoon boat. It was like taking a step back in time when I saw him. I always thought that he looked so much like your Dad, and I have very special memories of him at Moose Hill. I would like to share a poem with you that I received many years ago from a friend when my Dad passed away. I hope that it helps you the way it did me.......
Remember Me

To the living, I am gone;
to the sorrowful, I will never return;
to the angry, I was cheated.
But to the happy, I am at peace.
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore
gazing at a beautiful sea-
as you look upon a flower and admire
its simplicity- Remember Me.
Remember me in your heart,
your thoughts, and your memories
of the times we loved, the times we
Cried, the times we fought, the
times we laughed. For if you always
think of me, I will never have gone.

Your family is in our thoughts,
May God Bless,
Lee & David McNeaney


Bonnie Peck

Posted at 05:49pm
Heartfelt condolences to Phil's family and friends. Phil was cut from the cloth of the "Greatest Generation" and did his place in it, proud. It always amazed me how active he was in his later years, always busy working on their beautiful property, handling a project for his wife, hosting get-togethers alongside Barbara for their many family and friends, taking care of the much-to-do prep for their infamous "Lobsterfest" and enjoying their life on the lake in his various water vessels.
When I moved next door, 25yrs ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find such good people.
Due to Covid, we were unable to say goodbye in person...
Goodbye Phil, you will be missed by many. May you rest peacefully and be reunited with Barbara to watch over your loved ones.
With Prayers,
Bonnie and Justin

Sean , Cheryl,Mike ,Steve , Emily , And Casey

Posted at 09:40am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love the Wood Family
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Posted at 03:52pm
We send you our deepest sympathy. We will miss our dear friend Phil. Peace, prayers and blessings,
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Rob Lane

Posted at 08:59am
Phil - I will always cherish the times we sat by the lake and chatted. Now you will always have fair winds and following waters. Rest in peace.
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