James E. Kennedy Retired bricklayer

November 06, 1993

James E. Kennedy, a retired bricklayer, died Thursday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The 83-year-old Rosedale resident retired in 1975 from BrickMason Inc., a company he had founded in 1961. Earlier he had worked for Henry A. Knott Inc. and the Campitelli Construction Co. He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant from 1946 to 1947.

He was born in Pulaski, Va. His father was a bricklayer, as were his 10 brothers.

"There was an old saying that everything around Pulaski was built by the Kennedys," said his daughter, Marie Morris of Rosedale.

He attended schools in Pulaski and married the former Bertie Hodge of Pulaski in 1929. They moved to Baltimore in 1943.

During World War II, he was an Army engineer at Fort Belvoir, Va.

He was a member of the Hazelwood Baptist Church, the Jephtah Lodge No. 222 A.F. & A.M. of Essex and the Beauseant Commandery No. 8, Knights Templar and Royal Arch Masonry Chapter No. 7.

He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Boumi Temple and of the Concordia Chapter No. 5 of the Eastern Star.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Connelly Funeral Home, 300 Mace Ave., Essex. Interment will be in Garden of Faith Memorial Gardens, 5300 Trumps Mill Road.

In addition to Mr. Kennedy's wife and daughter, survivors include three brothers, George Kennedy of Owens, and Charles and Ralph Kennedy, both of Pulaski; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins Hospital oncology department.

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