Billy Joe Kennedy, longstanding Monterey resident, passed away at the age of 89 on December 22, 2022, at Stanford University Hospital.
He was born May 7, 1933, in Hominy, Oklahoma, to parents Fred and Ruby (Kinnett) Kennedy, making him the youngest of five boys: Jack, Lloyd, Fred Jr., and Howard.
As a teen, Billy and his family uprooted to Monterey, California. He graduated from Monterey High School in 1953 and soon thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska.
Upon returning home from his completed military service, he landed a job as a mail carrier, in which he worked 35 years until retirement in 1989. He enjoyed the profession immensely, as it granted him the unique opportunity to meet new people and better learn the peninsula as a whole. He'd routinely evoke a laugh from others and would help those in need in a moment's notice.
His life after the Post Office was filled with many odd jobs and passion projects. He worked as a parking attendant for the City of Monterey, as well as the toll booth for Pebble Beach Company. An avid fan and supporter of seemingly all athletic endeavors, he was a coach, umpire, and referee for youth sports throughout the community. In his later years, he took on the role of courier once more for his daughters' medical billing business. Family members would often hear from those he encountered the smiles and laughter he brought to their lives.
Being a man of simple pleasures, acts such as watching or going to a baseball game with those he loved brought tremendous joy. Family was of utmost importance. He was happiest whenever special events, birthdays, and holidays rolled around. Billy was deeply revered and will be dearly missed by those that had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace to our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
Billy is survived by his wife Eleanor (Ellie) Kennedy. Between the two, their children read: Susan Spear (John), Michael Kennedy (Teresa), Diana (Nina) Rosa (David), Anthony DiBenedetto (Cassandra), Jeffrey DiBenedetto (Kim), and Therese DiBenedetto (Calvin Krebs). Grandchildren include: Christopher, Jason, Matthew, Jonathon, Jennifer Marie, Jennifer Lynn, Jessica, Julia, Caitlin, Taylor, Gabe, and Kourtli. Lastly, great grandchildren: Josselyn, Flynn, Logan, Wyatt, London, Charlotte, Anna Bell Rose, Sawyer, Nevo, Charles (Chip), and Castiel.
Funeral services will be held January 11, 2023, at the designated location and times below: